Bren School of ICS Public Calendar
Date 5 February 2013
Time 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Calit2 Auditorium
Contact Melissa Loble [Email this contact]

The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone

Daphne Koller, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder

and Co-CEO, Coursera

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Calit2 Auditorium, UCI Campus

Cost: Free and open to the public; no registration required

We are at the cusp of a major transformation in higher education. In the past year,

we have seen the advent of MOOCs - massively open online classes (MOOCs) -

top-quality courses from the best universities offered for free. These courses exploit

technology to provide a real course experience to students, including video content,

interactive exercises with meaningful feedback, using both auto-grading and

peer-grading, and rich peer-to-peer interaction around the course materials. We

now see MOOCs from dozens of top universities, offering courses to millions of

students from every country in the world. The courses start from bridge/gateway

courses all the way through graduate courses, and span a range of topics including

computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and


In this thought-provoking seminar, Dr. Koller will report on this far-reaching

experiment in education, including some examples and preliminary analytics. She

will also discuss why this model can support an improved learning experience for

on-campus students, via blended learning, and provide unprecedented access to

education to millions of students around the world.

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the

Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the

co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company

that works with top universities to make the best education

accessible to everyone around the world, for free. In her

research life, Dr. Koller works in the area of machine learning

and probabilistic modeling, with applications to computer vision,

systems biology, and personalized medicine. She is the author

of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range

of disciplines, and has given over a dozen keynote talks at major conferences. She

is the recipient of many awards, which include the Presidential Early Career Award

for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the

ACM/Infosys award, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. She

is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the

ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc.

from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. from Stanford in 1994.

For further information, contact Melissa Loble at (949) 824-6733 or