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The Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS), a degree program at the College of Computing (CoC), Georgia Institute of Technology, grew out of a conversation I had with Sebastian Thrun (co-founder of online learning platform Udacity) in September 2012. We set as our goal to expand access to quality learning opportunities by using massive open online course (MOOC) technology to mitigate obstructions of time, space, and financial ability. This called for a fundamental, revolutionary shift from the prevailing paradigm of higher education, in which a brand is bolstered by exclusion and high tuition fees. As a preliminary step, I, as dean of CoC, convened a faculty working group, chaired by Kishore Ramachandran, from the School of Computer Science. Its members were notably concerned with maintaining the quality of CoC's academic content, the logistics, and the student and faculty experience--a focus on quality that would become a key principle of the program.

The Best Online Artificial Intelligence Degrees


We have ranked the Best Online Artificial Intelligence Degrees at universities in the U.S. These degrees are available fully online. This college ranking is for students wanting an online degree in Artificial Intelligence. It is an up-to-date list of all online degrees currently available. This list includes online Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Coursera Announces First MOOC-Based Master's Degree in Data Science - insideBIGDATA


Coursera, a leading online education company known for massive open online courses (MOOCs), today announced a professional data science master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Home to one of the top five computer science graduate programs in the United States, the University of Illinois will open access to its world-class data science curriculum at a fraction of the cost of a traditional on-campus or online master's degree through the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree on Coursera. Data science has quickly become one of the most sought-after and highest-paid professions in the United States, yet few highly ranked master's programs exist today that are developed specifically for training data scientists, and none offer the scale of an open online course platform. The MCS-DS degree taps a whole new demographic of potential data scientists who are unable to take a traditional education path by reimagining graduate-level education as a "stackable" degree. Unlike other master's degrees, students can test the waters of the MCS-DS degree with a shorter Specialization certificate program in data mining or cloud computing, earning a meaningful credential that can then fully transfer to the MCS-DS if they later decide that they want the full degree.

How the Value of Educational Credentials Is and Isn't Changing


The first year after the Great Recession, 2010, marked the historical peak of college and university enrollment in the United States. In the decade since, a popular narrative has emerged that the value of a college degree is rapidly declining. As a new wave of well-capitalized educational technology companies arrived on the scene -- including massive open online courses (MOOCs) -- it became popular to prognosticate about the disruption of American higher education. Badges earned online would challenge and replace traditional diplomas. Renowned business theorist Clayton Christensen forecasted that half of all colleges may be in bankruptcy within 15 years.

Universities Get Creative with Data Science Education


"There's always a very long waiting list to get in," he says. But thanks to a new partnership between UCSD and EdX, anybody can take the same course online for free. On September 3, UCSD will start its second round of MicroMasters classes with EdX, which was created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 to provide online duplicates of popular classes at major colleges and universities around the country. While about 400 lucky UCSD students will make it into Professor Freund course, there will be anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 people signed up for the same class on the MicroMasters program (although only around 1,000 will actively participate). "The biggest advantage of it is anybody can take it," Professor Freund tells Datanami.