Sebastian Thurn leaves Stanford for Udacity

After the AI online courses promoted by Stanford, Sebastian Thurn decided he cannot teach at Stanford anymore. He then have created Udacity, an online university. The first two courses will be:

CS 101: BUILDING A SEARCH ENGINE
Learn programming in seven weeks. We’ll teach you enough about computer science that you can build a web search engine like Google or Yahoo!

CS 373: PROGRAMMING A ROBOTIC CAR
In seven weeks you’ll learn how to program all the major systems of a robotic car, by the leader of Google and Stanford’s autonomous driving teams.

Reuter’s has published blog post by Felix Salmon with some interesting facts regarding Thurn’s experience. 248 people passed the course with perfect score, that is no errors. There were more enrolled students from Lithuania than in the class at Stanford itself.

Thurn’s approach for Udacity is making his best to get the more students pass the course successfully. Unlike Stanford’s where there is a culture of “weeding” out. This posses a new paradigm in the education world. Will the next generation be educated entirely through online means? Would their students will compete hand by hand with but then “old-school” education? Open questions to everyone!