The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone

In 2011, Stanford University offered three online courses, which anyone in the world could enroll in and take for free. Together, these three courses had enrollments of around 350,000 students, making this one of the largest experiments in online education ever performed. Since the beginning of 2012, this effort has transitioned into a new venture, Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company whose mission is to make high-quality education accessible to everyone by allowing the best universities to offer courses to everyone around the world, for free. Coursera classes provide a real course experience to students, including video content, interactive exercises with meaningful feedback, using both auto-grading and peer-grading, and a rich peer-to-peer interaction around the course materials. Currently, Coursera has 100 university and other partners, and over 6 million students enrolled in its more than 600 courses. These courses span a range of topics including computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and more. In this presentation, Andrew Ng reports on this far-reaching experiment in education, and why he believes this model can provide both an improved classroom experience for 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. This presentation also includes a few examples of MATLAB® code used in the online machine learning course.

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Recorded: 26 Mar 2014