We are pleased to announce that Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, a major provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will be visiting the UC Davis campus on Thursday, December 6 to deliver a lecture on this exciting new development in online learning. Please join us to learn more about the MOOC movement.
The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
Thursday, December 6
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Kemper Hall 1003
Abstract: We are at the cusp of a major transformation in higher education. In the past year, we have seen the advent of MOOCs – massively open online classes (MOOCs) – top-quality courses from the best universities offered for free. These courses exploit technology to provide a real course experience to students, including video content, interactive exercises with meaningful feedback, using both auto-grading and peer-grading, and rich peer-to-peer interaction around the course materials. At Coursera, as of November 2012, we offer 207 courses from our 33 university partners, and over 1.9 million students from 196 countries. The courses start from bridge/gateway courses all the way through graduate courses, and span a range of topics including computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and more. In this talk, I’ll report on this far-reaching experiment in education, and why we believe this model can provide both an improved classroom experience for our on-campus students, via a flipped classroom model, as well as a meaningful learning experience for the millions of students around the world who would otherwise never have access to education of this quality.
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder and co-CEO, Coursera
Daphne Koller is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and the co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education freely accessible to everyone. In her research life, Koller works in the area of machine learning. She has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/ Infosys award, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. She is an award-winning teacher who pioneered many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.