Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

Alfred Essa, Weblog, Jul 09, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What's more interesting than the content of Peter Norvig's talk is who he credits. Mostly himself and partner Sebastian Thrun, of course. But also, "from Khan Academy, we saw that short 10-minute videos worked much better... from Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, we learned the concept of 'flipping' the classroom... from Eric Mazur, I learned about peer instruction... and finally, from Teach For America, I learned that a class is not primarily about information." Koller and Nh, from Stanford, founded Coursera. Eric Mazur, from Harvard, founded Peer Instruction Network with Julie Schell. He's the one who argued that observing demos hurts learning. And Teach for America is, well, Teach for America. All TED-approved sources. No radicals.

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