We should spend less time at universities filling our students’ minds with content by lecturing at them, and more time igniting their creativity … by actually talking with them.” (Daphne Koller)
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed.
Daphne Koller is bringing courses from top colleges online, free for anyone who wants to take them.
Like education, whether the issue is transportation infrastructure, availability of a good quality of food or even the ability to exercise the basic right of citizens to participate (voting) in their political system, ACCESS, or the denial of ACCESS is at the core of a society’s success or failure. The idea of access to quality learning at the scale presented here is incredibly thrilling.
Our historic/standard model of how to provide educational opportunities is fatally broken. Access is too limited and the costs have become impossible for the vast majority. The concepts presented here seem to me to be a wonderful early vision of what will be possible.