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Online education pioneer to deliver Hall Lecture October 2

Posted by on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Events, News.

Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller will present her ground-breaking work in free, universally accessible college education as the first guest speaker in the 2012 -2013 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series.

The lecture – The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone – is Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 4:10 p.m. in Vanderbilt’s Wilson Hall, Room 103. The lecture is open to the Vanderbilt community. A reception will follow.

Live video of this event will be streamed on Vanderbilt News and will be available for viewing after Oct. 2.

Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in Computer Science at Stanford University and co-founder of the social entrepreneurship company Coursera. Last year approximately 350,000 students enrolled in three free courses offered by Stanford, creating one of the largest experiments in online education ever performed.

“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,” Koller said.

“Through such technology, we envision millions of people gaining access to the world-leading education that has so far been available only to a tiny few, and using this education to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”

Koller will review the teaching methodologies used in the free coursework, including easy-to-create video chunks, a scalable online Q&A forum where students can get their questions answered quickly, sophisticated auto-graded homework, and a peer grading pipeline that supports the at-scale grading of open-ended assignments. Read the entire post from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering news blog.

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