Ohio educators hear from online learning innovator

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Education innovator Sebastian Thrun (thruhn) says online courses with massive enrollments are revolutionizing learning but the format still needs improvements.

The Stanford professor and Google researcher helped pioneer so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that can reach tens of thousands of students at a time.

He told Ohio educators Wednesday at the 2013 Educational Technology Conference that the format resembles film or television in their infancy, and with the same potential.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has said he's consulting with Thrun on state education policy.

The Ohio Department of Education's new executive director, Susan Zelman, also attended Thrun's talk. Zelman is a former Ohio superintendent recently rehired to oversee research and development related to Kasich's school funding proposal and to help districts manage resources.

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