A bold experiment in distributed education, "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. The course will include feedback on progress and a statement of accomplishment. Taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, the curriculum draws from that used in Stanford's introductory Artificial Intelligence course. The instructors will offer similar materials, assignments, and exams.
This sounds great, not least because it's being co-taught by Peter Norvig (now at Google), who wrote the book we used in the first AI course I took in undergrad. (His book is kind of the book.) I'm interested to learn a lot of this stuff again, and to see how he presents his material. (I'm assuming that the main difference between this course and the other free web-based classes MIT et al. have offered for years, is that with this one you'll be able to participate nearly directly, and will receive (automated) feedback on assignments, etc.)
In another twist of awesome, Reddit is handling study group duties.
I've just enrolled. Will you?