Link: Udacity - Educating the 21st Century

We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we've connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students in almost every country on Earth. Know Labs was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online for very low cost. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence." The class was twice profiled by the New York Times and also by other news media. Now we're a growing team of educators and engineers, on a mission to change the future of education.
CS101: Building a Search Engine

Description: This class will give you an introduction to computing. In seven weeks, you will build your own search engine complete with a web crawler and way of ranking popular pages. You will understand some of the key concepts in computer science, and learn how to write your own computer programs. No previous background in programming is expected.


Week 1: How to get started: your first program
Extracting a link

Week 2: How to repeat
Finding all the links on a page

Week 3: How to manage data
Crawling the web

Week 4: How to solve problems
Responding to search queries

Week 5: How programs run
Making things fast

Week 6: How to have infinite power
Ranking search results

Week 7: Where to go from here
Exam testing your knowledge
Blog entry on Udacity:

Link: Udacity and the future of online universities | Felix Salmon

...He wants to enroll 500,000 students for his first course, on how to build a search engine ó and of course itís all going to be free.

Udacity looks great, and I canít wait for it to be a revolutionary success, educating and empowering students around the world, especially in places like Africa and India, and, in those places, especially women...