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Is this going to be the future of learning?

Is this going to be the future of learning?

Posted on September 21, 2011

Stanford University is conducting an experiment to provide a full course online for free. The course is “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” taught by Stanford professors Peter Norwig and Sebastian Thrun. So far, the course seems to have attracted more than 100,000 students and the goal of the professors is to teach this course to 200,000 students or more.

How is this course different from all the other online training courses? Here’s how.

  1. Real-time and taught by two world class professors
  2. Questions submitted online will be answered by the professors in real-time. (Only the top questions and within limited time)
  3. There will be homework and the students will be graded
  4. Non-Stanford University students will receive a certificate of completion
Here is the introductory video from one of the professors

Here is another video of how it works.

Is this course going to be a game changer in learning? Will this make the world of learning “flat” so that any student who has access to a computer and an internet connection can get a world class education? What will happen to educational degrees if this idea catches on? Will a hiring company need to change the current ways of screening candidates by the college degrees?

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