On January 29, UT Computer Science made its first venture into the world of MOOCs (massively open online courses). We invite you to come along for the ride. UTCS faculty (and by the way spouses) Robert van de Geijn and Maggie Myers are teaching a 16 week course on linear algebra from a computer science perspective. The course is launched by edX, UT’s non-profit partner which manages MOOCs. The course offers a certificate of completion. As of this message, close to 39,000 have registered for this course.
By linking the theory of linear algebra to issues that arise when implementing high-performance software libraries, the course content connects the mathematics to issues encountered in computer architecture, software engineering, and program correctness. The course builds on ongoing research by the instructors on how to develop and implement high-performance linear algebra libraries, funded by the National Science Foundation, so that the participant is simultaneously exposed to introductory material and the cutting edge of the field.