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Udacity: Push the Limits of Computational Possibility with Sebastian Wernicke

Push the Limits of Computational Possibility with Sebastian Wernicke
2012-09-17 20:06:00

At some point in your life, addition was difficult. Then you learned how to do it, and now it’s not! This concept of difficulty, at least on the surface, seems to be a subjective one.But is it? What if we could invent the ultimate computer? One that made today’s best supercomputer look like an abacus. Surely then a skilled programmer with superstar abilities could solve any problem! Right?Well... no. Some problems, as it turns out, are fundamentally difficult and some are truly impossible for any computer to solve. As computer programmers, it is our duty to delve deep into this realm of computational capability. In Udacity’s new course, Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science: Dealing with Challenging Problems (CS 313), which begins on October 1, you will do exactly this. As Sebastian Wernicke, the instructor for this course, puts it, “Theoretical computer science is about what computers can and cannot do. It shows us the fundamental capabilities and limita…

 

Coursera: Gamification study group at Jaaga in Bangalore. Thank you Tharun...

Gamification study group at Jaaga in Bangalore. Thank you Tharun...
2012-09-15 17:57:45

Gamification study group at Jaaga in Bangalore. Thank you Tharun Jagateri for sharing!

 

Udacity: Udacity Showcase: Share your Udacious projects with the world

Udacity Showcase: Share your Udacious projects with the world
2012-09-14 22:04:00

Today, Udacity is proud to launch Udacity Showcase, a platform where Udacity students can put their original projects on display. This project was conceived and built by one of Udacity's own Web Development students, Gian Carlo Marinelli from Brazil. In collaboration with Udacity's all-start intern Anthony Teate, Marinelli has been helping to redefine and refine his project. Marinelli states, "I originally built this to scratch my own itch, since I was curious about projects that other Udacians were working on." Marinelli (top) and Teate (bottom), the folks behind Udacity Showcase In addition to Web Development, Marinelli has also completed Intro to Computer Science. Before taking Udacity classes he studied Business Administration and has been studying computer science consistently for the past year. He states, "Udacity gave me the confidence that I could build something -- that I could start with nothing, take the problem apart and solve it step-by-step."Udacity…

 

Coursera: 4 new courses starting on Monday and Tuesday of next week...

4 new courses starting on Monday and Tuesday of next week...
2012-09-14 18:22:00

A History of the World since 1300 Princeton University Jeremy Adelman Introduction to Mathematical Thinking Stanford University Keith Devlin Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes Princeton University Mung Chiang Functional Programming Principles in Scala École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Martin Odersky…

 

Udacity: Who are Udacity's top ten Meetup Communities?

Who are Udacity's top ten Meetup Communities?
2012-09-13 21:18:00

Saturday marks Udacity's first ever Global Meetup Day! Over the course of just a few weeks, Udacity students have done a tremendous job self-organizing for this event in cities across the globe.We are excited to have Steve Huffman joining us and hosting our San Francisco Meetup at Hipmunk, and Michael Littman as a special guest at the New York City Meetup! In Palo Alto, Sebastian Thrun and the Udacity team will be joined by Peter Norvig and Steve Blank. And in Germany, Joern Loviscach will be joining the Berlin Meetup and potentially bringing along some internet friends.We are also really happy to announce the top ten communities that have grown the largest and who will be receiving a video phone call, via Skype, from the Udacity team during their event! Koyampattur Bangalore Accra London Delhi Tanjah Pune Barcelona Beijing Bombay Meetup organizers in these cities should look out for an email from Udacity. We look forward to meeting you this Saturday! If you still want to attend a Me…

 

Udacity: Who are Udacity's Top Ten Meetup Communities?

Who are Udacity's Top Ten Meetup Communities?
2012-09-13 21:18:00

Saturday marks Udacity's first ever Global Meetup Day! Over the course of just a few weeks, Udacity students have done a tremendous job self-organizing for this event in cities across the globe.We are excited to have Steve Huffman joining us and hosting our San Francisco Meetup at Hipmunk, and Michael Littman as a special guest at the New York City Meetup! In Palo Alto, Sebastian Thrun and the Udacity team will be joined by Peter Norvig and Steve Blank. And in Germany, Joern Loviscach will be joining the Berlin Meetup and potentially bringing along some internet friends.We are also really happy to announce the top ten communities that have grown the largest and who will be receiving a video phone call, via Skype, from the Udacity team during their event! Koyampattur Bangalore Accra London Delhi Tanjah Pune Barcelona Beijing Bombay Meetup organizers in these cities should look out for an email from Udacity. We look forward to meeting you this Saturday! If you still want to attend a Me…

 

Coursera: Coursera meetup at The Bookworm in Beijing, China

Coursera meetup  at The Bookworm  in Beijing, China
2012-09-12 22:31:59

Coursera meetup at The Bookworm in Beijing, China…

 

Coursera: Scott Klemmer's Human-Computer Interaction en Español!

2012-09-12 18:03:44

We are excited to announce a brand new Spanish language option for Scott Klemmer’s Human-Computer Interaction course from Stanford University. Students can submit assignments in Spanish, as well as perform and receive their peer assessment from the Spanish-language pool of students. In addition, some but not all course materials will be translated into Spanish. You can sign-up for the September 24th course here. ¡Que disfruten el curso!

 

Udacity: Sebastian Thrun: Statistics 101 will be majorly updated

Sebastian Thrun: Statistics 101 will be majorly updated
2012-09-11 18:02:00

Students of STAT101!When I designed STAT 101, my hope was to make the material accessible to everyone, even students who don't like math. Statistics, to me, is a highly intuitive field -- a field full of magic and surprises. I aspired to share these insights with everyone, and to have students experience them by working on interesting problems. In making this class, I also experimented with a mix of materials. Plenty of materials are optional, such as mathematical proofs that students can elect to construct. We have been carefully studying engagement numbers and student feedback for these experiments and learning a lot about how students learn in this new online medium.We have also received a lot of direct feedback from our students throughout the course in our forums and in discussions, which we really appreciate. I recently came across this article by another professor, which I read very carefully. While luckily not all of our students share this view, this article points o…

 

Udacity: Sebastian Thrun on Ed Tech Panel at DisruptSF with Sal Khan and Joel Klein

Sebastian Thrun on Ed Tech Panel at DisruptSF with Sal Khan and Joel Klein
2012-09-11 01:20:00

Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity was a guest speaker at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, a four day event that brings together the world's leaders in innovation. TechCrunch's Disrupt events are hosted in both San Francisco and New York City -- they are the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. As part of this year's lectures, Thrun spoke today about the future of education, alongside Joel Klein, CEO of the Education Division for News Corporation, and Sal Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy.The panel focused on engaging students and empowering teachers. Sebastian spoke about careers being the ultimate outcome in higher ed, citing our Career Team's work, as well as our new courses -- particularly How to Build a Startup: The Lean LaunchPad taught by Steve Blank, starting this Friday -- as means of addressing this outcome.Check out some photos from the event on our Flickr Set.Watch the video below to learn more about this great event!

 

Udacity: What do you want to know about Udacity? #MeetUdacity

What do you want to know about Udacity? #MeetUdacity
2012-09-10 17:27:00

With less than a week until Udacity's first Global Meetup event, we want to know: what do you want to know about Udacity?As part of our live broadcast through USTREAM, Sebastian Thrun, Udacity CEO and founder, will be answering YOUR questions. Whether you will be tuning into the live broadcast or re-viewing it on our USTREAM channel, we want to hear your questions.To submit a question, please tweet it and include #MeetUdacity. We will be collecting all of the question submissions and picking a handful to answer during the broadcast.In addition to answering your questions, there is a bunch of Udacity team members and instructors who will be joining in to say "hello."From our Palo Alto location, you can expect to hear from: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity CEO and instructor for Intro to Statistics, Peter Norvig, instructor for Design of Computer Programs, Steve Blank, instructor for How to Build a Startup, Dave Evans, instructor for Intro to Computer Science, and Andy Brown, instructor for Intr…

 

Udacity: Secondary School Challenge winners announced; More than 14,000 units completed

Secondary School Challenge winners announced; More than 14,000 units completed
2012-09-07 18:23:00

Over the summer months, students around the world have been taking Udacity classes for a chance to win an all expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley, sponsored by Battelle. On their trip, Sebastian Thrun, Udacity CEO, will take the winners on a tour through the Udacity offices and the Stanford Intelligence Labs.Since June, 408 teams competed with over 2,591 students participating in the challenge, and seven team shave been named the winners:The Top Teams are: Team Renaissance from Bergen Country Academies, NJ Team NYC from The Dalton School, NY Team Freehold from Freehold High School, NJ Gerard's Team from San Francisco de Asis, Dominican Republic Team Daphne and Aaron from Needham High School, MA Team FlyingNinjas from Texas Academy of Math and Sciences, TX Team DEE35 from Calday Grammar School, UK The rules were simple: two team captains, who must be attending secondary school, can form a team. From there, captains recruit teammates, who do not have to be attending secondary school, a…

 

Udacity: Colo. State University Global Campus offers credit for Udacity class

Colo. State University Global Campus offers credit for Udacity class
2012-09-06 05:38:00

Colorado State University-Global Campus, the nation's first 100% online, independently accredited public university, has announced that they will be offering full transfer course credit (three credits) for Udacity's Introduction to Computer Science. This is the first U.S. institution to formally accept a Udacity course for credit. International institutions such as University of Freiburg in Germany, and the University of Salzburg in Austria, had previously announced acceptance of Udacity's computer science courses for credit.After extensive review by CSU-Global's faculty, it has been determined that the course -- taught by Professor Dave Evans from the University of Virginia -- adequately covers the content in any typical three credit-hour introduction to computer programming course. Students coming out of Udacity's course acquire basic knowledge of Python and basic computer programming skills, as well as computer science theory."As a university, CSU-Global supports accessible and flex…

 

Udacity: Where are the top 10 international Meetup communities

Where are the top 10 international Meetup communities
2012-09-04 20:02:00

With just two weeks left before Udacity's first ever Global Meetup Event, over 400 Meetup communities have already organized, many of which are communities outside of the United States! Due to the fact that our international communities may not be able to tune into our live broadcast because of event timing, Udacity will be calling the top ten largest communities outside of the United States to say "hello" and answer your questions.So far the largest international communities that are in the running to receive a phone call are: Koyampattur, India Bangalore, India London, England Delhi, India Hyderabad, India Barcelona, Spain Pune, India Mumbai, India Beijing, China Singapore, Singapore Want to hear from the Udacity team? Grow your Meetup event with our downloadable organizer packet, which includes flyers to help you spread the word. On Monday, September 10, we will be announcing the communities that will be receiving a call here on the blog! Join a Meetup communi…

 

Coursera: "I had begun worrying about how I could bring the New Jersey campus experience to them; I ended by..."

2012-09-04 18:53:58

“I had begun worrying about how I could bring the New Jersey campus experience to them; I ended by thinking about how to bring the world back to the classroom in Princeton.” - In yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Mich Duneier of Princeton University reflects on teaching sociology to 40,000 students from around the world. This was one of the first non-technical courses that we’ve offered. For us at Coursera, seeing the forums explode with discussion and debate, and watching as a global community emerged was nothing short of inspiring. You can read Prof. Duneier’s complete reflection here.

 

Udacity: Picture of the Day: Udacity students in West Africa

Picture of the Day: Udacity students in West Africa
2012-08-31 15:47:00

Everyday Udacity hears from enthusiastic students who are taking our classes. Last week, we received this beautiful picture of students at the Open University of West Africa, some of whom are taking Udacity's Web Development: How to Build a Blog. Submit your student photos to social@udacity.com and we will share them with the world on The Udacity Blog.

 

Coursera: The Coursera Community, Now With Profiles!

The Coursera Community, Now With Profiles!
2012-08-30 19:56:15

We have many challenges here at Coursera, and one of the ones we think about daily is this: How can we offer a high-quality university-level class to thousands of students, without losing the benefits of a physical classroom, where you can actually see your classmates and know that you’re a part of a community with a common goal? One of the ways we do that is with our class discussion forums, where you guys discuss everything from where you’re from, what you thought of the assignment, and your thoughts on the future of the world. We love seeing the feeling of community growing in those forums, and now, we want to make that community more concrete by letting you share more details about yourself in the brand new Coursera profile settings. Here’s what my profile looks like after filling it out: After you fill out your profile and opt to share it with the rest of the Coursera community, we’ll add a link and avatar to your forum posts, so that classmates can…

 

Coursera: The Coursera Community, Now With Profiles

The Coursera Community, Now With Profiles
2012-08-30 19:56:00

We have many challenges here at Coursera, and one of the ones we think about daily is this: How can we offer a high-quality university-level class to thousands of students, without losing the benefits of a physical classroom, where you can actually see your classmates and know that you’re a part of a community with a common goal? One of the ways we do that is with our class discussion forums, where you guys discuss everything from where you’re from, what you thought of the assignment, and your thoughts on the future of the world. We love seeing the feeling of community growing in those forums, and now, we want to make that community more concrete by letting you share more details about yourself in the brand new Coursera profile settings. Here’s what my profile looks like after filling it out: After you fill out your profile and opt to share it with the rest of the Coursera community, we’ll add a link and avatar to your forum posts, so that classmates can…

 

Udacity: Automate Boring Tasks in Andreas Zeller's Software Debugging course

Automate Boring Tasks in Andreas Zeller's Software Debugging course
2012-08-30 17:41:00

In addition to Loviscach's course, Making Math Matter, Udacity is also excited to release Andreas Zeller's Software Debugging: Automating Boring Tasks. Why learn to debug with Udacity? Zeller says, "Far too many people waste far too much time on debugging. Yet, debugging is hardly ever taught at school. With Udacity, I can help every developer learn to debug more systematically, more effectively -- and sometimes even automatically."Zeller is a computer science professor at Saarland University in Germany. His work on debugging has had an impact on all types of programmers. Among Linux and Unix programmers, Zeller is best know for GNU DDD, a debugger front-end with built-in data visualization. Among academics and advanced professionals, he is best known for Delta Debugging, a technique that automatically isolates failure causes for computer programs.By teaching with Udacity, Zeller states, "Through Udacity, I can reach more people than I could have in my classroom throughout my career. A…

 

Coursera: Princeton Professor Mung Chiang hooks Coursera students up with opportunities

2012-08-30 01:30:00

“Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes” offered by Princeton’s Mung Chiang has enlisted a group of major companies and venture capital firms in the networking industry to launch a pilot program for enrolled students. These companies will screen the student finalists of ten project-like challenges (in social and technological network engineering) and explore opportunities to turn their ideas and prototypes into new products and companies. Pour your creativity and energy in this course, and “Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes” may help create career-changing opportunities for you and your classmates. You can sign-up here here for the September 17th course.