Mitch Hare

Google’s Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st-Century Online Learning

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“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” — About Google

Google is the most powerful nonhuman teacher ever known to actual humans. Implicitly and ceaselessly, Google performs formative assessments by collecting the following data: the content, genre and media that interests you most; when and for how long you access your external cloud brain; what your hobbies and routines are; with whom you work and communicate; who will get your November vote; and whether you prefer invigorating clean mint or enamel renewal toothpaste. By continuously refining the nuance of your sociogram, Google has already customized your next web exploration and taught itself to teach.

You Are Now Entering the Learning Management System

Months ago, Google entered the massive open online course (MOOC) space by introducing the free Power Searching with Google course to 150 thousand self-enrolled students (shocker: Google is not particularly concerned with enhancing your use of dozens of alternative search engines). More recently, Google gave away Open Course Builder — tools that were used to construct its popular course — and further disrupted traditional notions of who gets to play teacher (anyone) and how many students can take a class for free (1 or 100,000).


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