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.
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.”
Read more at The Verge…
- Online education wins big as TED awards $1 million to pioneer Sugata Mitra (theverge.com)
- UK educationalist wins TED prize (bbc.co.uk)
- Massive online courses not at UGA, but may be coming (onlineathens.com)