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Udacity Project on ‘Pause’

18 Jul

San Jose State and Udacity officials (and Gov. Jerry Brown) at the January news conference.

By Ry Rivard

After six months of high-profile experimentation, San Jose State University plans to “pause” its work with Udacity, a company that promises to deliver low-cost, high-quality online education to the masses.

The decision will likely be seen as a setback for a unique partnership announced in January by California Gov. Jerry Brown in a 45-minute news conference with university officials and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun.

The pause is also the latest in a series of developments that may dampen the often hyperbolic enthusiasm that has surrounded massive open online courses, even though the companies that provide MOOCs have received millions in venture capital money.

Thrun, a prominent Silicon Valley figure who invented the self-driving car and worked on Google Glass, said in January that his work with San Jose State could “change the life of Californians” by expanding access and lowering costs. So far, that future is elusive.

San Jose State Provost Ellen Junn said disappointing student performance will prompt the university to stop offering online classes with Udacity this fall as part of a “short breather.”

[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/18/citing-disappointing-student-outcomes-san-jose-state-pauses-work-udacity ]

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