Robert Sedgewick: A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge

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2018 Talks
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John Meehan
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Published
May 10, 2018, 2:05 p.m.
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1:09:56

Robert Sedgewick
Princeton University
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Room 368 (CIT - 3rd floor)

A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge
[Are you still trying to teach and learn with large live lectures? Why?]

In the early years of the third millenium, most professors are still
teaching in virtually the same way they were taught and their teachers
were taught, stretching back centuries. As we all know, this situation
is ripe for change. University students seeking to learn a topic who
now have little if any choice are about to be presented with a vast
array of choices. What student would not want to swap a tired
professor writing slowly on a chalkboard for a well-produced series of
videos and associated content, given by a world leader in the field?
We are on the verge of a transformation on the scale of the
transformation wrought by Gutenburg. This imminent change raises a
host of fascinating and far-reaching questions. In this talk, we
describe a scalable model for teaching and learning that has already
enabled us to reach millions of people around the world.

Robert Sedgewick is the founding chair and the William O. Baker
Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton and
served for many years as a member of the board of directors of Adobe
Systems. He began his career as a faculty member at Brown and has held
visiting research positions at Xerox PARC, IDA, INRIA, and Bell
Laboratories.

Prof. Sedgewick's research interests include analytic combinatorics,
algorithm design, the scientific analysis of algorithms, curriculum
development, and innovations in the dissemination of knowledge. He has
published widely in these areas and is the author of twenty books,
which have sold nearly one million copies. He has also published
extensive online content (including studio-produced video lectures) on
analysis of algorithms and analytic combinatorics and (with Kevin
Wayne) algorithms and computer science. Their MOOC on algorithms has
been named one of the "top 10 MOOCs of all time."

Host: Professor Tom Doeppner

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