Professor Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, will deliver University College’s 2014 Access Lecture.
Coursera is a fast-growing start-up company providing ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (or ‘Moocs’) from leading universities, and is using the venture to conduct research into how people learn. The courses are accessed for free via the internet by people around the world, making high quality education available to those who might not otherwise access it and giving academics vast new audiences.
Founded in autumn 2011 by Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, by autumn 2013 Coursera had amassed over 5.2 million students from 190 countries. In July 2012, Edinburgh University became the first UK institution to join this influential project, and the Universities of London and Manchester have since followed suit.
Due to space restrictions at University College, Merton College have kindly agreed to host the lecture in their T S Eliot Lecture Theatre.