Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"The theater stage before film was invented"

From WSJ: Start-Up Expands Free Course Offerings Online

Nice little write up on a Sebastian Thrun, founder of a new education start up who got his start by "offering a free online course on artificial intelligence while teaching at Stanford last October. The class attracted 160,000 students of all ages from nearly 200 countries. Around 23,000 finished the course, taking the same tests he gave to enrolled Stanford students."

Spotting an opportunity, Thrun left Stanford and started Udacity a online startup to help provide online classes at low cost help people learn new skills. "Mr. Thrun says it costs Udacity less than $1 a student to produce a course." He calls today's education system like "the theater stage before film was invented." Good stuff.

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