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Archive – 2013

New Edition of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice

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Nearly a decade in the writing, the new edition of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice has finally been published (the first copy is shown here sitting on my somewhat messy desk). The book is 1209 pages, which is slightly shorter than the second edition, but it's in a larger format, which more …

Experiences from an Online Course Offering

In Fall 2012, I offered my course CSCI 1730. This is a junior-, senior-, and beginning-graduate-level course in programming languages (not in how to program, but rather in linguistic mechanisms). Together with my PhD student (and graduate TA) Joe Politz, I decided to offer it on-line in addition to in-class.My …

Why Coursera

What sets Coursera apart from my other experiences with distance learning (MIT's OCW, Stanford's video courses, Khan Academy[1])? All previous venues shared the essential qualities of being free, providing rich video resources, being available on demand, and not being restricted by prerequisites or tied to a syllabus (although Khan does …

MOOCs: An Overview

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are interactive online courses that typically are free and open to anyone with an Internet connection.  Like earlier free online course offerings, e.g., MIT's OCW (Open CourseWare) initiative, they provide resources such as videos, recommended readings, and problem sets.  They differ from these earlier online …

Welcome to the CS Blog!

Welcome to the CS Blog! We are introducing this blog to provide a forum for announcements by members of the department. Please post about your latest research results, new or redeveloped courses, and anything else you would like to share with the CS@Brown community.

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