Come hear from Andrew Ng - Stanford University / Coursera

SPEAKER: Andrew Ng - Associate Professor, Stanford University's Computer Science Department, Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Co-founder of Coursera

We are very excited that the eleventh distinguished speaker in this series will be Andrew Ng. Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7:00pm. Drinks and light food provided.

TITLE: Coursera experiments in education and data being collected

ABSTRACT: In 2011, Stanford University offered three online courses, which anyone in the world could enroll in and take for free. Together, these three courses had enrollments of around 350,000 students, making this one of the largest experiments in online education ever performed. Since the beginning of 2012, we have transitioned this effort into a new venture, Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company whose mission is to make high-quality education accessible to everyone by allowing the best universities to offer courses to everyone around the world, for free. Coursera classes provide a real course experience to students, including video content, interactive exercises with meaningful feedback, using both auto-grading and peer-grading, and a rich peer-to-peer interaction around the course materials. Currently, Coursera has 33 university partners, and over 2.2 million students enrolled in its over 200 courses. These courses span a range of topics including computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and more. In this talk, I'll report on this far-reaching experiment in education. I will also describe the data we're able to collect from our online courses--which is of a level of detail and magnitude that is unprecedented in education--and also give some examples of how analyses of this data is giving us a new window into human learning, and how this may in the future enable mass personalization of learning. Finally, I will describe why we believe our online education model can provide both an improved classroom experience for our on-campus students, via a flipped classroom model, 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.

BIO: Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford. He is also the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, the main AI research organization at Stanford. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera, which partners with top universities to offer courses online for anyone to take. Ng's goal is to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free. With 33 university partners, over 200 courses, and more than 2 million students, Coursera is currently the largest MOOC (Massively Open Online Courses) platform in the world.

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  • jean

    Great topic, great speaker. What happens behind the scenes at Coursera is as interesting, as what happens when good teachers can reach out to students all over the globe.

    January 25, 2013


    That was my first attendance in this meetup group. I was impressed by the quality of the meetup. It was very organized and very high quality speaker and topic. Thank you.

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • Sachin N.

    Tom - Great speakers Great topics A+

    January 23, 2013

  • Janice

    Was awesome

    January 23, 2013

  • Tom J.

    The video recording of this meetup with Andrew Ng is now available here - Enjoy!

    January 23, 2013

  • Krishna K.


    January 22, 2013

  • Irene R.


    January 22, 2013

  • Qing X.

    Will this talk be recorded and made available online later?

    January 22, 2013

    • Tom J.

      Yes, this talk will be recorded and made available for streaming the next day.

      2 · January 22, 2013

  • Julio C.

    Anybody knows about the parking situation?

    January 22, 2013

    • Herman

      Adobe has parking in the building.

      January 22, 2013

  • Sachin N.

    Tom - Can/How we pre-submit questions for the speaker? Prof. Ng was a keynote speaker at ACM Big data/Machine learning conference almost 6-8 months ago. Wondering if he is going to do a repeat or share more insight into his data. Thanks.

    January 22, 2013

    • Tom J.

      This talk will be focused on his current work at Coursera and secondly on the big data insights that online education enables.

      January 22, 2013

  • Jan H.

    Coming with a few guests. We're interested to see if there are big data ventures worth covering in the press. We have publications and radio talk shows that are looking for interesting content. Make sure you connect with me if you are looking for publicity.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Alice C.

    Hi, Joyce, I learned from my friend that Adobe is within walking distance from Caltrain San Jose station. Hope that helps.

    January 13, 2013

    • Irene R.'s about 6 blocks from Cal Train station.

      1 · January 13, 2013

    • Alice C.

      Thank you for the info, Irene! Hope to see you there, Joyce!

      January 13, 2013

  • Joyce C.

    Just out of curiosity, will there be anyone who is planing to drive down to San Jose from San Francisco? I'm wondering if anyone is kind enough to give me a ride both ways. Thanks!

    January 11, 2013

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    January 11, 2013

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