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Udacity Founder Rethinks MOOCs – Do you?

Posted By Karen-Michelle Mirko, Monday, December 2, 2013

In a surprising Fast Company article, Professor Sebastian Thrun, Founder of Udacity states: "I'd aspired to give people a profound education--to teach them something substantial…But the data was at odds with this idea." Considered the godfather of MOOCs by some, Thrun was disappointed that while Udacity had 1.6 million students, on average, 5 out of 100 learned the coursework. An article from The Chronicle of Higher Education points out that many faculty are not surprised by Thrun’s findings and that Udacity will not disrupt higher education as originally imagined. Jonathan Haber, columnist in the Huffington Post still believes that technology can bring education to more people while "enhancing rather than tear(ing) down the existing college system".

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