2013-12-01

Sebastian Thrun, leader of Google's driverless car project, former Stanford professor, and Udacity founder, has pivoted Udacity to vocational training.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. The greatest challenge of education is to nurture the desire for learning in students and for students to be in a situation in life (e.g. situation at home - income, safety, etc) in order to even have a chance at becoming motivated.

MOOCs disproportionately benefit those who already have the means, the background, and most importantly the drive to learn. MOOCs address the problem of access. But access wasn't the main problem to begin with for the vast majority of students whom people like Thurn was trying to reach.

MOOCs helped people like me. They didn't do much to help those that really needed a helping hand.