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Quote Of The Day: “Godfather” Of MOOC’s Says They Don’t Work For Students From “Difficult Neighborhoods”


Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather of Free Online Education, Changes Course is the headline of a new Fast Company article.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding this article to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. In fact, just the opposite is true so it is essential to find them computers.

  2. This is why a hybrid/local/practice based approach like will work, it already has the artist teachers doing projects in the neighborhoods artsmooc adds & introduces the virtual element.

  3. This says more about Thrun and his massive ego than it does anything about the vibrant MOOC ecosystem. His only real claim to fame in MOOCdom was the biggest MOOC to date. All he did was prove that his lousy product did not scale like he hoped. This won’t be the last time some technocrat had more hubris than sense. Hmmm…a rich technocrat overreaching… that reminds me of someone else but the gates of my memory don’t seem to be working. Maybe someone else can remember.

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