Welcome to the desert of the real

Quote for the day: “I feel like there’s a red pill and a blue pill. And you can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture your 20 students. But I’ve taken the red pill, and I’ve seen Wonderland.”

That’s soon-to-be ex-Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, whose recent online course on artificial intelligence drew 160,000 members–and convinced him that he can never go back to a traditional classroom. Thrun is founding Udacity, a start-up that will offer low-cost online courses. Very curious to see how he handles credentialing, which at this point is looking like one of the only things higher ed can use to trump this sort of endeavor. And yes, I know there is no substitute for engaged seminar discussion, one-on-one contact with professors, shared learning environments, etc. etc. etc. Except that, it seems, there is.

Extra credit: Without Googling, what’s the source for Thrun’s quote about the pills?

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4 Comments

  1. mutecypher says:

    “Stop trying to hit me, and hit me.”

  2. pr0phet73 says:

    “Do you think that’s air you’re breathing?”

  3. LindaS says:

    Am I the only geek who knows it’s The Matrix?

  4. Erin O'Connor says:

    Nope — the others are quoting from it!

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