Google has inserted itself into the online learning and education technology movement by creating an open source course building web application. The technology, called Course Builder, was built around the company’s recent course called Power Searching with Google, enabling users to create their own online courses for K-12 and higher education.
The application will allow for users to present their course material with lessons, student activities, and assessments, track student progress, and allow for student-teacher engagement.
Several other online learning companies, like Udemy and edX, have massive open online courses (MOOC’s) available, and, according to a report by TechCrunch, Google hopes to have those MOOC creators use their service.
Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, and several guests will hosts two public Google Hangout sessions answering questions about MOOC design and the steps to using Course Builder on Sept 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (PDT).