Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: After near death, MOOCs are booming during the coronavirus pandemic, reported the NY Times in May. That news apparently wasn’t lost on Google and EdX, who on Thursday announced they’ve teamed up and are asking $298 (temporarily reduced to $268.20!) for Google’s Power Searching with Google XSeries Program (learn “how to create an effective search query to yield the most relevant results”).
In case that seems familiar to some, Google offered a free 5-hour online course called Power Searching with Google with the same instructor way back in 2012 (followed by the free Advanced Power Searching with Google in 2013). But before dismissing the new program as tone-deaf pandemic price gouging, check out the $0 course audit option for yourself or your kids.
The instructor for both Power Searching with Google and Advanced Power Searching With Google is Google’s Daniel Russell, author of The Joy of Search, who gives students an engaging lesson in how to conduct fast and effective online research. Sure beats card catalog, and Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature searches, kids!