Rice University will offer five online courses free to people around the world as a new partner with the California-based enterprise Coursera.
Coursera launched in April as the first education platform to host content from multiple world-renowned universities at one website.
The Web-based courses include video lectures with frequent quizzes that reinforce concept retention and interactive assignments that test students’ understanding and build mastery of the subject matter. Chemistry: Concept Development and Application will provide an introduction to fundamental chemical concepts of atomic and molecular structure, with an emphasis on the development of these concepts from experimental observations and scientific reasoning.
An Introduction to Interactive Computing with Python is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python. Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering: From Electrons to Bits will delve into the central ideas behind the representation of information by voltages and currents, the representation of analog signals like music and video by bits, and modern information communication systems, such as cellular telephone and computer networks. Analytical Chemistry will provide a background in modern analytical chemistry with an emphasis on instrumentation. Applications of analytical chemistry in medicine, forensics and materials science will be presented. Nanotechnology: The Basics will provide a bird’s-eye view into a research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.
These five courses will become available at different times during the coming academic year, and Rice may make additional courses available in the future. In addition to Rice, other schools that Coursera announced today as new course providers were California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at San Francisco, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, University of Illinois, University of Toronto in Canada, University of Virginia and University of Washington. Coursera was founded in the fall of 2011 by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. Computer Science professor Andrew Ng uses tablet-recording technology he developed to instantly display notes for his interactive video lecture. Stanford Engineering professors are offering three of the school’s most popular computer science courses for free online this fall, and at the same time launching an experiment that could transform the way online education is delivered. The professors are taking technologies designed to enhance learning for Stanford students and extending them to a broad online audience. The professors also hope to extend the benefits of Stanford-style education to those who lack access.

Students in the free courses are expected to read course materials, complete assignments and take quizzes and an exam. The online courses build on recent innovations by Stanford professors to increase interaction with students. She incorporated questions and quizzes into the videos to keep students thinking about the material and help them learn more effectively. Online quizzes are not helping students learn their subject, according to a study just published in the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education. Through a new course posted online for free, the Stanford School of Engineering and NVIDIA Corp. People are only just now beginning to comprehend the basic applications of information technology that is already a damn century old.Wonder what will happen when we REALLY understand the applications of modern computers and smartphones? Medpage Today is a CE and CME accredited medical news service, which provides daily coverage of developments that impact clinical practice, and offers free continuing medical education courses and credits to physicians and healthcare professionals.
Rice and 11 other prestigious universities were announced July 17 as new partners with Coursera, which began with courses from just four schools. Beyond research, the first applications of nanotechnology are finding their way into commercial products and offering solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The course is intended to help students develop an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices. They join Coursera’s original course providers: Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to change the world by educating millions of people via free online classes from top universities and professors. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. They are delivering lectures as short, interactive video clips that allow students to progress at their own pace through course materials. Already more than 58,000 people have expressed interest in the artificial intelligence course taught by Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford research professor of computer science and a Google Fellow, and Google Director of Research Peter Norvig. Thrun said online students should expect to devote at least 12 hours a week to the artificial intelligence course, just as Stanford students do.

She recorded lectures as short videos for students to watch online and used class time to solve problems, host guest lecturers from the technology industry and review material students found difficult.
Class room should be for TEACHING specific problem areas and "problem solving" and "guided" critical thinking related to the material.It's a shame the american classroom model is so poor compared to real world application of knowledge. Somekind of damn revolution!It's sad how people still do things the same old way, even when technology has advanced so much in the past several decades.Most people's jobs are already obsolete, but they and their employers are so old fashioned and simple minded they don't realize it yet, haven't given it much thought, etc. John Greiner and Stephen Wong, both lecturers in computer science, will also assist in teaching the class.
Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will teach the course. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will teach the course. Colvin is also teaching this course, along with Dan Mittleman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and interim faculty director of Rice University’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Coursera has seen more than 650,000 students from 190 countries and more than 1.5 million course enrollments across its 43 courses on topics in the arts, computer sciences, mathematics, history, literature and other disciplines. All three are being offered in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), which brings more than 40 years of distance-learning expertise to the table. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of MedPage Today's terms of use and privacy policy.
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