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May 26, 2009


Parag Shah

PLC's along with open courseware can even make it possible for students who do not have access to or resource to go to a traditional university, to learn with the help of such a community.

One problem is that such learning does not bear the stamp of approval given by a college degree. Perhaps PLC's will be followed by crowd-sourcing of credentials ?

I have also created a small such initiative (http://www.adaptivelearningonline.net) to help people learn computer science by organizing open content, and providing learning tools. It is still in an early stage, but is usable.



Rob Jacobs

Parag, I think you are on the right track with the adaptive learning online concept (Computer Science for Everyone).

Free applications like Twitter, Facebook, Ning, etc can be leveraged by PNLCs to aid collaboration and sites like your can be leveraged to bring learning on demand. Crowdsourcing learning!

Good luck with it.

Parag Shah

Thanks Rob for your encouraging words. I think there is a lot of potential in the concept of crowdsourced learning and crowdsourced credentials.

I am trying to build something one step at a time, because it is not very clear to me, exactly what kind of an infrastructure will help.

I agree with you about leveraging free applications like Twitter, Facebook, and Ning.

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