Re: [Cleveland-AI-ML-support-group] A new meeting framework proposition (the hybrid approach)

From: Joe
Sent on: Thursday, May 3, 2012 11:18 PM
 Sounds great, it really does look like this semester was the historic moment in which the 'all internet U' concept really took off. There are so many opportunities with this it's all but disorienting.

 It seems there is both an immense opportunity and challenge in one fact, that it's now possible to study almost anything for free or low cost on very flexible terms. That brings up the questions of what to study, how to study and how to collaborate with others in studying. We are in truly new educational territory, and it will probably take a period of experimentation to figure out what works well enough or not.

 Having one person give a talk and lead some collaborative work on one subject topic per meeting sounds like a great start. I'm reviewing some basics in formal logic and computability at the moment, I may have time to prepare to give a talk on that in 2 or 3 weeks. Making videos and getting other online learning groups involved seems like a good idea, that would generate useful feedback and grow the larger online learning community.


--- On Thu, 5/3/12, Timmy Wilson <[address removed]> wrote:

> From: Timmy Wilson <[address removed]>
> Subject: [Cleveland-AI-ML-sup­port-group] A new meeting framework proposition (the hybrid approach)
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:01 AM
> Hi All,
> When we started (semester 1) there were only 2 free online
> classes (AI
> + ML) (Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning)
> These classes (and the people taking them) were a natural
> fit --
> consequently our Sat conversations were inherently focused
> and
> coherent -- and i personally learned a lot
> Since semester 1, free quality education has exploded -- if
> you
> haven't explored this site lately you're in for a treat:
> https://www.course...­
> Because of the diversity of classes offered in semester 2 we
> expanded
> the scope past AI + ML
> The result, to be frank, has been disjointed / incoherent
> meetings
> where we essentially just talk about whatever's on our minds
> -- which
> is cool in it's own right, but i'm not learning as much (i
> can only
> speak for myself)
> I want to suggest 'the hybrid approach' -- something that
> doesn't
> pigeonhole the group into AI (or even technology), but still
> provides
> coherence and structure
> I want to do a better job of planning and clearly
> communicating the
> focus of each meeting
> Lucky content is not an issue -- see again https://www.course...­
> Every week (or every other week) (or every n weeks) -- i'm
> hoping we
> can find someone willing to "lead the meeting around the
> course
> they're taking" -- much of this i imagine will simply be
> highlighting
> good lectures and study material for the group to review
> The goal of this new framework is to help us learn diverse
> topics
> while staying somewhat glued to the quality content now
> available
> online
> I'm excited to learn what you'all think -- and if onboard --
> how we
> can best make this a reality
> Best,
> Timmy Wilson
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