Who is troubled by this week's Sebastian Thrun hagiography ('Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course') in Fast Company, as well as this announcement ('Launching our Data Science & Big Data Track built with Leading Industry Partners') via the Udacity blog (both posted on 14 November 2013)? A lot of committed open education thinkers and practitioners, so it seems, and not merely because of the hype machine Thrun so evidently cultivates (I'll leave aside the possible negative reaction to Thrun getting photographed in Lycra tights through a filter borrowed from a 1970s Swedish cinematographer, or the journalist's attempt to throw in a clichéd Matrix reference):
- Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Udacity's "Pivot" (Audrey Watters in Hack Education, 14 Nov 2013)
- Thrun Enters Burgeoning Sieve Market (Mike Caulfield in Hapgood, 14 Nov 2013)
- Stop me if you think you've heard this one before (Martin Weller in The Ed Techie, 15 Nov 2013)
- The Failure of Udacity (George Siemens in ELEARNSPACE, 15 Nov 2013)
- in the wake of MOOC hype, what shall we talk about? (Bonnie Stewart in TheTheoryBlog, 15 Nov 2013)
- Udacity: Shifting Models Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry (Rolin Moe in All MOOCs, All the Time, 15 Nov 2013)
I've compiled these reflective reactions as they are the only ones to emerge apart from a lot of supportive (of Thrun) tweets that are circulating said Fast Company article far and wide. Will we see some supportive articles and blog entries emerge next week regarding Thrun's latest "pivot"? We shall see...