(Edmonton) Education and machine learning researchers at the University of Alberta are joining forces with leading online education provider Udacity to further develop and refine methods for delivering academic courses online.
The U of A and Udacity signed a memorandum of understanding today that begins a research partnership for the collaborative development of systems for delivery, measurement and assessment of online learning courses and experiences.
Researchers from the university’s Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning—one of the world’s top five machine learning institutes—and from the faculties of education and science will join others across campus with expertise in online learning technologies and pedagogy to work with Udacity.
“This is an opportunity for us to explore and better understand online learning for the benefit of our students,” said Martin Ferguson-Pell, acting provost and vice-president (academic). “This is also an opportunity for our researchers to be part of building advanced learning solutions, based on their expertise in machine learning, pedagogy and assessment, that advances the field of online learning. This is not the University of Alberta jumping on the online bandwagon. It’s University of Alberta researchers helping build the bandwagon.”