Sebastian Thrun’s recent statement that Udacity’s MOOCs are “a lousy product” not providing the educational results expected has attracted much attention within higher education media.


mooc-movement-problemSome have seized on his words as validation of criticism, while others merely see a pioneer acknowledging the fact that there is more work to be done, not refuting the entire value of his creation. Less well-noted are his statements about the improvements needed to realize the full potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The irony of Thrun’s observation is that it comes from someone...

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