U.C. Berkeley has a free online course on engineering principles for developing “Software as a Service” (SaaS) (also known as “Cloud Computing”, before that it was known as “Web 2.0”, before that as “Web Programming”, before that as “N Tier Programming”, before that as “Nerdcore Rap”)
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Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and holder of two degrees from Stanford, is throwing another brick at elite education, suggesting the money is better spent building your own startup. He says spending the $100k on a startup is far more educational than anything you can learn from a top university, because “higher education today is in a ‘crazy bubble’ that, like a bad mortgage, saddles students with tuition debt often for little in return.” In order to hasten elite education’s evolution (or extinction), he’s putting his money where his mouth is and is offering $100,000 grants to students at top universities to drop out of college and launch a startup of their choosing.
Here’s an excellent article on MIT’s Technology Review that covers the grant in more detail.
Sebastian Thrun (who taught the free online course “Intro to AI” at Stanford last semester) has quit his tenured professor position at Stanford and started his own online university called Udacity. “Now that I saw the true power of education, there is no turning back. It’s like a drug. I won’t be able to teach 200 students again, in a conventional classroom setting.”
Udacity’s first two classes are “Programming a Robotic Car” and “Building a Search Engine”. Both classes are 7 weeks long and will have online lectures, exams, and programming assignments in Python.
Clarification: he notes that he quit his tenured position to do more work at Google and continues to be a non-tenured professor at Stanford.