Last week Google opened registration for Power Searching with Google, a free online course on advanced search skills. The six, 50-minute classes will blend the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) learning format pioneered by Stanford and MIT with social and communication tools to create a community learning experience.
As I told Anya Kamenetz, I think Google Is The Most Important Learning Tool Ever Invented. Search is at the heart of anywhere, anytime learning–a bigger deal with more rapid impact than the printing press five hundred years ago.
Power Search lessons will be released daily starting on July 10, 2012 and will be available during a two-week window. You’ll learn how to become a power searcher: identify the location of places in pictures, tracking down a book you read long ago, and make sense of a sites in other language. Participants will be able to connect with others using Google tools such as Google Groups, Moderator and Google+, including Hangouts on Air. Visit the course homepage to learn more.
It would be cool if Google released MOOC tools enabling anyone to launch a great online course. There are some great toolsets out there now. Also this week, Udemy launched redesigned website with lots of new features. If you want to learn more about teaching a MOOC, Chris Converse describes teaching on Udemy here.