Thursday, January 16, 2014
The flipped classroom
I'm also taking Intro to Machine Learning with Dr. Matt Wilder, in the Computer Science department. CU has a deal with Coursera, so we are responsible for watching lectures from Dr. Andrew Ng's most recent Machine Learning course at home. The lectures then reinforce and expand on the material from the Coursera videos.
This is my first semester with this kind of course structure, and so far, I really like it. I love the idea of using MOOC videos to supplement lectures, especially since I often find that I need at least two exposures to a concept before I really understand it enough to implement (of course, we get homework assignments to see if we really understand something enough to code it up -- the best possible test of comprehension). I also really like having a combined seminar/lab style theory and modeling class. I have always found it super useful to code with other people or in teams.
Higher education really is innovative, even at University of Colorado. I feel lucky to have such committed teachers.