- 250,000 people in 172 countries signed up for the first three computer science offerings.
- Classes involve recorded lectures and quizzes in which the video pauses to let students answer questions.
- They get immediate feedback and the program automatically grades their responses.
- Another feature allows students to submit questions, which are presented to other students who help select the most relevant ones. Those are then sent on to the professor.
- No official course credit - - you get a statement of accomplishment.
- Students range from teens to grandparents - - the smart will get smarter for free - - the convergence of recreation and education.
Finally, you have Udacity, also from Stanford. Professor Sebastian Thrun of AI fame recently taught a class with 160,000 students. Udacity has attracted more than 200,000 students to the six courses currently offered.