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Daphne Koller
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December 16, 2013: Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Coursera

Among other topics, Daphne discusses the following  with Metis Strategy:
  • The genesis of the idea behind Coursera
  • Coursera’s current strategy to only feature courses by professors affiliated with member universities
  • Its revenue model and and key performance indicators used
  • How Coursera differentiates itself from other MOOCs by facilitating a “social” aspect to learning
  • Why Coursera offers a wide variety of courses as opposed to focusing on narrow, technical fields as done by some of its competitors
  • Eye on trends:  Internationalization of content and enabling of mobile solutions so students have access to the material even if they are not in class 24/7. Coursera intends to expand internationally, given only a third of its current students are from the US
Daphne Koller’s Biography

Daphne is the co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera, an education company that partners with many of the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

She is also the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department and the Oswald Villard University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. She is the author of over 180 publications.

Daphne pioneered in her classroom many of the ideas that are key to Stanford’s massive online education effort.

Among the many awards she has won include a 2004 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and she was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

Daphne has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD from Stanford University.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview