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Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Daphne Koller

Saïd Business School

Monday, 28 January 2013 at 17:15 (GMT)

Oxford, United Kingdom

Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Daphne Koller

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Daphne Koller, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Coursera, will give a Distinguished Speaker Seminar at Saïd Business School at 5.15pm on Monday 28 January 2013 entitled "The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone." 

 

The Seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

 

Synopsis

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.  As of December 2012, MOOCs have reached over 2 million students from 196 countries.  The courses offered 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 support to an improved learning experience for on-campus students, via blended learning, and to provide unprecedented access to education to millions of students around the world.
 

Speaker

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 is the author of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range of disciplines, and has an H-index of 80. 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.

 

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