I think a way to increase the completion rate would be to make it easier for the students to find a study partner or group for the course. To get the extra motivation you need. An idea would be to connect to your study partner via Skype.
An example MOOC Station would then look something like this.
With the Skype connection on a dedicated device like a smartphone or tablet. You can keep it running for the whole session without interruptions and why not take “fika” break together every once and a while.
We all love the variation that comes with Linux. But if you could why not make it optional for those who want the same experience when changing distribution. I wonder if a version of the operating system could be run from the browser and control the native one. A simplified version would mean that a novice could operate a lot of different desktop environments. Like GNOME, Unity, Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, LXDE and Enlightenment. If a larger group of distributions would work together on something like this I think it would make it easier for those distributions to exist in the workplace.
With this you could take advantage of the creativity in web development and a non changing experience for those who want that.
After watching the below video on machine learning. Which showed some sort of generation. I imagine that this could be replicated for 3D objects as well. Say you let the matrix-setup train on a biological part. With many variations of this part the setup will have learned what it should look like. Then as we saw in the video. The setup can also generate different shapes of the same object. I don’t know the implication for evolution. I guess however the genetic makeup would also include support data (the learned matrix). To help generate biological elements like the trained part. This thought experiment I think shows how evolution can produce so much variation. Without the energy cost due to error.
Below is a link to the Neural Network video and a would be training set for an arbitrary biological part.
Would be training set for an arbitrary biological part.
Here is my idea for language learning. You can easily combine both text and audio into a dual textbook. To be read on a smartphone or a tablet. The idea is that you could listen to a small part of the text at a time and then read the same text aloud. This way you get help reading the text and pronouncing the words. Its not meant for text to speech synthesis but for actual human voice.
The idea is to help small business in developing areas with non internet dependable educational videos. Either to improve or to help someone start a business. The videos are to be included on the microSD. The maximum size of the microSD is 32 GB which is more than enough. This way you don’t need an internet connection. Just plug the microSD into the phone or tablet.
Videos could include sewing, haircuts, cooking and more.