MOOC
MOOC

“WE DON’T NEED [THE EDUCATION SYSTEM] ANYMORE. IT’S OUTDATED.”

Mitra’s work is varied and long-running, and it’s not surprising to see him given the prize. He’s given two highly successful TED talks, and he currently serves as a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK.

TED (conference)

TED (conference) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MOOC, a catch-all term used for anything from official MIT classes to videos by former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan, offer a fresh but polarizing model of education, in which traditional teaching and teachers are downplayed in favor of self-motivated online learning. Mitra’s work isn’t with massive online courses, but it’s based on similar principles of self-teaching, and TED’s official blog post lauds Mitra’s “bold answer” to “the future of education.”

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