Some interesting stats from that Stanford AI course:
160,000 signed up from all over the world except North Korea and 23,000 finished the course. That’s a 14% completion rate. The top 410 students in the class were online students (not Stanford students). The highest Stanford student came in at 411.
There’s been a lot of buzz around the course, but I don’t think the outcome of the course demonstrates that teaching via online is an improvement. If anything, it proves that there are smart folks in other parts of the world who want access to credible information.
But as for solving the education problem in the U.S.? I’m not so sure.