Talk by Daphne Koller about online education on TED Talks

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. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

With Coursera, Daphne Koller and co-founder Andrew Ng are bringing courses from top colleges online, free, for anyone who wants to take them.

What are we learning from online education initiatives like this? I hope there will be more of such initiatives around the world.

Online education Trends in and out of Academia

43% of US college students found digital study technologies extremely helpful for doing homework.

(Source: Statista)

Back in the day, you had to go to the college library to do your homework. That’s not the case anymore for a growing number of college students, as statistics in 2020 speak volumes about the growth of online education.

When the library buys an eBook, any given number of students can read it simultaneously. Whether they actually will is a different matter.

56% of US college students stated they used laptops in the classroom during a typical week.

(Source: Statista)

It’s a lot easier to take notes on your laptop – especially if your lecturer speaks quickly! As an added bonus, you can also post viral cat videos on social media. Tablets came second in this study with a 51% weekly usage rate.

It also has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about knowledge transfer. Educators are no longer confined to the ivory tower:

They’re but a mouse click away. Just imagine the possibilities.

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