In the Fall of 2012, Two Stanford professors began their quest to change the face of higher education. Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig developed an online version of thier famous Introduction to AI course and opened enrollment to the public. Anyone with internet access was eligible. Many people siezed the opportunity - over 160,000 signed up for the course. The average grade for the course was 83%. Up from 60% in previous years when the course was offered in the traditional manner. Both professors see this experiment as a success and look to expanding the model for future courses.

What can we take away from this experiment? Obviously the creators think that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but is this really the case? I feel that online education is a vast improvement over the traditional model. It provides students with freedom to work when, where, and how fast they choose. While this may be a problem for some students, I would argue that they are not prepared for higher education regardless of the setup.