Part of the Provost's Lecture Series 2012/13: Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”
Monday, October 1, 2012
0014 Westbrook Building, Divinity School
The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
Presented by Daphne Koller
Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder and co-CEO, Coursera
Coursera is a newly founded social entrepreneurship company whose mission is to make high-quality education accessible to everyone by allowing the best universities to offer courses to people around the world, for free. Professor Koller will discuss this far-reaching experiment in education, and why they believe this model can provide both an improved classroom experience for on-campus students, as well as a meaningful learning experience for the millions of students around the world who would otherwise never have access to education of this quality.
Provost's Lecture Series 2012/13
Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”
The Provost announces the seventh series of related lectures on a topic of major campus and broader societal importance. The purpose of the series is to provide greater depth and a diversity of views on a topic of major public importance and lively debate which should appeal to our students and faculty both in their University roles and as citizens. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
Today, the ability to collect, store, analyze, and summarize large amounts of data is imperative for Duke to continue to advance as a world class university and for our faculty and students to navigate this new world. Leaders in academe and industry are being invited to present their views and experiences on meeting the data deluge challenge. Presentations will cover some of the following issues:
Scholarship: How might the availability of large data sets afford new opportunities to promote additional conversations within and between intellectual disciplines?
Instruction: Are there new opportunities for using the available data in classroom instruction and team and individual research?
Entrepreneurship: Does the rapid rise of social media companies offer opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship into the educational experience? What opportunities for industry partnership are emerging?
Infrastructure: What challenges exist in information systems, including Networking, Storage, and Visualization?
The Provost wishes to thank the following Lecture Series Advisors for their work in helping to design this year's series: Ian Baucom (Franklin Humanities Institute), Robert Calderbank (Dean of the Natural Sciences), Vincent Conitzer (Computer Science), Stephen Craig (Chemistry), Cathy Davidson (English), Andrew Janiak (Philosophy), Thomas Katsouleas (Dean, Pratt School of Engineering), Carlo Tomasi (Computer Science), and Keith Whitfield (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs).