Free online computer science education from former Stanford professor

Sebastian Thrun announced that he is leaving Stanford to teach computer science courses online, for free. The new venture is called Udacity, and Thrun hopes to someday teach as many as 500,000 students.

Like the Stanford course, Udacity will be focused on computer science courses taught at the university level and free of charge. There are currently two courses available. The first, CS 101: Building a Search Engine, will require no previous knowledge of programming and aims to teach the fundamentals of computer science in seven weeks. It will be taught by Thrun and University of Virginia professor Dave Evans. The second course is a follow up to the Stanford AI course called CS 373: Programming a Robotic Car, and will certainly touch on Thrun’s passion of driverless vehicles.