Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Can Online Courses Ease California's Education Woes?

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Governor Jerry Brown says online college courses could help solve one of the problems facing the state's education system: overcrowded classrooms. The governor is fostering partnerships between online learning programs and higher education, including a newly inked deal between San Jose State University and the startup Udacity. Can low-cost online classes help keep education affordable? Can online classes maintain the quality of a university lecture?

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Jonathan Stein, University of California student regent
  • Michael Meranze, professor of history at UCLA and co-editor of the education blog Remaking the University, with UCSB professor Christopher Newfield
  • Mo Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University
  • Sebastian Thrun, Google VP and fellow, part-time research professor at Stanford University and founder of Udacity, a company focused on bringing university-level education to the public

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