Stanford professors spin off company to support free online courses

The Google artificial-intelligence guru Sebastian Thrun made a splash last month when he left Stanford University to start a company based on an A.I. course he made freely available last fall to tens of thousands of students on the Web. Now, two of Thrun's former Stanford colleagues who conducted similar experiments have spun off their own free online courses into a for-profit venture.


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Large Courses Open to All, Topple Campus Walls

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Teachers embrace social media in class

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