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Koller on the Online Revolution

C21U Invited Talk
The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia | Georgia Tech Campus

In this talk, Koller reports on this far-reaching experiment in education known as Coursera, and why she and other Coursera leaders believe 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. She'll describe the pedagogical foundations for this type of teaching, and the key technological ideas that support them, including easy-to-create video chunks, a scalable online Q&A forum where students can get their questions answered quickly, sophisticated autograded homeworks, and a carefully designed peer grading pipeline that supports the at-scale grading of more open-ended homeworks. Through such technology, Koller and other Coursera leaders 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 in which they live.

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