If you're talking about technology's impact on education, the conversation always includes MOOCs -- massive open online courses. That's why we're excited Coursera co-founder and Stanford computer science professor Daphne Koller will join LAUNCH founder Jason Calacanis for a fireside chat at LAUNCH Education & Kids June 26-27.
Coursera, which aims to make the best education accessible online to everyone for free, has more than 3.5M students, 370 courses and 69 institutional partners -- a 5x increase in students and 25x in courses since last summer.
Partners include top US schools like Stanford and Princeton, plus foreign institutions like the University of Tokyo and École Polytechnique. The company raised $22M total from Kleiner Perkins and NEA in mid-2012, less than a year after Daphne and co-founder Andrew Ng developed Stanford's first online education platform.
Daphne pioneered many ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. For example, Coursera's video lectures regularly pause and give students a quiz to make sure they're engaged and learning. While some assignments lend themselves to auto-grading and provide the student with immediate feedback, other assignments use peer assessment (for which students receive training). And, of course, students are encouraged to interact with each other as well as the teacher. All the pedagogy is here.
A third-generation PhD with degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford, Daphne has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the ACM/Infosys award (full bio).
Daphne's fireside is set for June 27 at 1:15pm. Educators and builders can apply for free tickets to LAUNCH Education & Kids, and everyone else can buy their tickets here.
Daphne's TED talk: