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As an expert in artificial intelligence, computer scientist Peter Norvig has a particularly keen interest in the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs). In preparation for his own MOOC, Norvig researched the best practices from existing offerings, such as Coursera and Khan Academy, and incorporated his findings into his lesson delivery. getAbstract recommends Norvig’s account to educators and university administrators who wish to demolish the barriers to high-quality education and offer equal opportunities to all students.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why prevalent teaching techniques are rooted in the past and
  • What best practices to use for online courses today and in the future.

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Computer scientist Peter Norvig specializes in artificial intelligence. He has worked at NASA and Google.



Until recently, the technological revolution had bypassed the delivery of education. In fact, the traditional teaching format – a lecturer dispensing knowledge to a gathering of students in a classroom – has been the prevalent model for hundreds of years. Seeing opportunity for improvement, Stanford lecturers Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun decided to offer a free online course to the masses. Eventually, 160,000 students from 29 countries registered. To figure out the best ways to engage their far-flung students, Norvig and Thrun studied existing educational offerings and paradigms and borrowed best practices from each:

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