I’m doing the Stanford online AI class this year, taught by Professor’s Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. And up in week 5, unit 11 is Markov Decision Processes (MDPs), Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) and State Transition Probabilities. Sounds dry, right?
Check this out…
Oh. My. God.
As a teacher myself, and one who genuinely tries hard to interest and engage students, Sebastian is a role-model. How absolutlely RARING-TO-GO is he?! To paraphrase: “I CAN’T WAIT to teach you all about this, and that, and this other cool shit! And you can use it for all kinds of neat stuff! Woo-hoo!” =DDD
And yeah, the course isn’t easy, and it requires time and effort and commitment – but it’s fun! And it’s rewarding, and I’m inspired as a student, and blown-away as a teacher.
If more teachers had this kind of passion, I sincerely believe that the world would be an entirely different place.