What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell Us

Peeple gettin’ more smarter onlines

Marc Sanchez Apr 18, 2012

Udacity opened its virtual doors to students all over the online world last year after Stanford robotics professor Sebastian Thrun saw the power and potential of free, online courses. Now, Thrun’s Stanford contemporaries, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, have come up with Coursera, another online university. Where Udacity decided to go rogue, and totally break from the university system, Coursera has decided to partner with different universities. Ng was a partner in Thrun’s initial experiment at Stanford, an artificial intelligence course, which Coursera will be offering. All Things D reports that, in addition to computer science courses, “it will also offer poetry, sociology, and medical courses. These classes will be graded crowdsourcing style, with peer assessment and review. Figuring out how to grade masses of assignments on a subjective scale is a machine learning problem, Ng said.” 

Class starts April 23, so if you want to attend, log in and sign up soon. No wait lists. No costs. What are you waiting for?

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.