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18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference: Online Learning at a Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World


Sebastian Trun, co-founder of Udacity, Vice President/Fellow at Google, wowed the audience on Wednesday, Oct, 11, with his keynote address, “Democratizing Higher Education.”


Clearly, online education plays an enormous role in higher education currently, and continues to evolve. At this year’s Sloan-C Conference in Orlando, Florida, discussions cen- tered around this topic, including faculty and student sup- port, MOOCs, cost management and improving access. More than 1,582 on-site attendees and 1,230 virtual at- tendees created a record-breaking attendance rate.


Te keynote speaker, Sebastian Trun, is co-founder of Udacity, Vice President/Fellow of Google, and a Stanford University research professor. In 2011, Trun took his


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Stanford graduate level class online, where 160,000 signed up, resulting in over 23,000 graduating at Stanford level. From there, Trun created Udacity, offering 16 universi- ty-level courses online free of charge – with over 800,000 students having attended, 50,000 certificates of comple- tion awarded and 20 students placed in jobs. In his pre- sentation, “Democratizing Higher Education,” Trun dis- cussed the approaches behind each of these ventures and the impact of student engagement, noting, “it’s known you can’t lecture a four-year-old; it’s not known you can’t lec- ture a 20-year-old.”


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