Udacity – 21st Century University

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Adult education and lifelong learning is changing a lot within the last years. Traditional universities and lecturers often do not accept the fact that time and technology has changed and that the next generation of scholars will learn differently than the generations before. One famous lecturer that recently talked about this change is Peter Norvig, one of the leading Artificial Intelligence experts worldwide.

The American computer scientist and Artificial Intelligence expert startet a virtual class along with his college Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence. His class was visited by 175 students from Stanford and more than 100,000 via an interactive webcast. Peter Norvig is talking about the fact that we are teaching knowledge in classes with the same methods today as we did hundreds years ago. So he argues that today we have the possibility to change the way we are teaching and that we could produce a lot more positive educational effects with our modern infrastructures.

In order to use the economics of the Internet, Udacity was founded to connect some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world. Udacity emphasises to offer high quality Web delivered lectures all over the world, no matter if you are sitting in UK or in Africa. So far Udacity offers a good number of mostly technical courses by different quite well known teachers.

Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.”


udacity, 21st century university
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TED: Daphne Koller speaks up for a revolution in online education

Daphne Koller is asking top universities, such as Stanford, to put their courses online for free, but not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. She tries to discover how knowledge is processed and absorbed by her audience, through tracking each keystroke, asking comprehension quiz and peer-to-peer forum discussion.

Daphne Koller is bringing courses from top colleges online, free for anyone who wants to take them. Her Website already has an impressive number of online students who follow her courses. Daphne Koller is working as a Stanford professor and founded her startup Coursera for sharing online courses.

She follows the same vision Peter Norvig has already presented before in his amazing TED talk on his experiences with his 100.000 student classroom on modern approaches of artificial intelligence last year.