- Google VP Sebastian Thrun launched his company Udacity after he became frustrated at only being able to reach 200 students through a course he taught at Stanford University.
- "Usually I reach about 200 students and now I reach 160,000," Thrun told CNN.
- Udacity now provides 11 free STEM courses, including "Introduction to Physics," "Intro to Computer Science" and "Web Application Engineering," and Thrun claims that companies are hiring graduates of Udacity's classes.
From the article:
Educators and policymakers have long dreamed of providing universal, low cost, first-class higher education. Their wish may come true soon thanks to an unlikely source: Silicon Valley.
The mecca of the technology universe is in the process of revolutionizing higher education in a way that educators, colleges and universities cannot, or will not. ...