Will online learning kill universities? Does anyone care?

by AMA Net

After centuries as the pinnacle of higher education, could it be that the university is facing its end? Technology has allowed a brilliant Stanford academic to go out on his own, and run courses on the Internet. Is the university dying—and will anyone miss it? “The Stanford University professor who taught an online artificial intelligence course to more than 160,000 students has abandoned his tenured position to aim for an even bigger audience,” reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Sebastian Thrun, a professor of computer science at Stanford, revealed today that he has departed the institution to found Udacity, a start-up offering low-cost online classes.”


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