The New Frontier of Digital Education A university with an audacious purpose.
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Every glad I'm Tory Johnson and this is app -- Tuition hikes in the sky rocketing cost of higher education motivated three -- for professors. To develop an online university -- -- -- dot com offers the ability to take online courses from anywhere in the world for free. Jesse professor David Evans joins us now with details and -- you can take advantage of this new -- of education welcome. Thanks starts going to be here Sentelle about the premise behind you -- -- So the idea behind -- -- is that we can use the Internet to provide world class education. Makes the cost low and -- per student that we can make it free for students. And deliver quality of education that's comparable to what students can get it over universities. So who's paying the bills. So there's no cost to students. We are structured as a for profit company so there are plans to collect revenues. The main way that we plan -- that is from recruiters that the students that we. Will produce as they go through our courses will become very valuable to recruiters and will be able to turn triggers a -- -- had access to those students. Got it RA and you had a whole lot of momentum from the very start I read in the -- -- 160000. Students. -- -- nearly 200 countries and -- in your first class the introduction to artificial intelligence. So why so much excitement who is eligible to sign up and tell us about some of the court's options -- -- that that's right there's a huge excitement and I think there's huge demand for higher education. And it's become so expensive and inaccessible that that there -- millions of people that want it they can't -- the traditional way. We're starting to new courses in February. One of the courses will be as CS one -- one course -- on teaching that's an introductory course. That anyone can take there's no back -- -- expected. On anyone who wants to learn that computing as long as you can play video and web browser. -- ready to take that class and that will focus around doing a search engine and learning the key ideas about computer science as we do that. The other course the starting February 20 is when -- stressed teaching. That will focus on programming a self driving car and some -- as the world's expert in how to do that. And so anyone's eligible. Anyone can -- out. Anyone anyway Canada website sign up there's no cost to you that. The intro course is open to anyone there's no back aren't expected. To take the self driving -- course you're expected already have some experience with programming but anyone who wants to sign up the courses are are free for anyone in the world. Most of the classes it's not all my -- are offered in some forty different languages so how is -- -- city. Now and certainly going forward in the future get -- -- fact higher education both. Domestically and abroad what's the hope. So the hope is that we can serve a huge population of students that is not being served well. By traditional universities. If you have the money to afford to pay tuition if you can spend four years of your life. With no other obligations if you can go to Palo -- -- Charlottesville and spend your time there that's great to have that experience but the vast majority of the world's population can't do. And we want to open up higher education tallest people that aren't able to have -- -- spend the time that's required to do a traditional university. For the purposes of then being able to meet the demands of the workforce. So that's one of the goals that's certainly not only -- that there are many people -- will take the course is just for personal empowerment and that's great. For many students and certainly developing skills that will help them get jobs and we're focusing on computer science right now -- there's a huge demand. For people with skills in computer science. Tell me that the feedback that you are hearing even through the great -- from. Higher education institutions where nothing is free. So most of it is overwhelmingly positive there's a lot of excitement about this there's lots of factly universities that want to find -- stick to teach course -- us. There is some negativity and the negativity often comes from people not really understanding. What our mission is that we're not out -- -- place that traditional on campus universities. We think those are wonderful places all of that people working in -- -- spent a lot of time traditionally universities and love them. The problem is that they're becoming so expensive and there's such a small fraction of the world's population can actually take advantage of that so for those who can't. You know we're we're definitely supportive traditionally -- -- -- -- that they exist and they provide a wonderful experience for the students who can do that. The problem is that there and many more students who want higher education and -- university's cancer shore. And finally US -- hiring. You've got some job openings eight to come. Work with you. We are we're growing fast we're looking both for that the best teachers to help develop new courses. We also need technical staff to help run our systems. And we need people to help produce courses and -- courses there's a lot more details on the job openings on on the casting what's. Are right so we'll leave it there so if you're -- -- -- that taking -- course are joining. The organization and you can find a whole lot more at -- assi dot com thanks so much David for coming him. Thank you.

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