Quantum Bayesian Networks

October 12, 2015

Caltech Abhors MOOCs

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 4:12 am

I’ve expressed my very favorable opinion of MOOCs many times before in this blog.

Today I visited the Coursera and EdX websites and learned that they are currently offering 1,465 courses and 233 courses, respectively. So MOOCs are alive and well, at least today.

I was curious to see how many MOOCs Caltech is currently offering so I went to a website called “MOOC List”. According to that site, the grand total of Caltech MOOCs since the beginning of time is 5. 😸 Let me copy and paste the full list here:

  1. Machine Learning (Caltech) Self Paced
  2. The Science of the Solar System (Coursera) Mar 30th 2015
  3. Galaxies and Cosmology (Coursera) Jan 6th 2015
  4. Drugs and the Brain (Coursera) Jan 4th 2014
  5. Principles of Economics for Scientists (Early 2013) Jan 7th 2013

Looks like the Caltech Evil Empire abhors MOOCs…


In a small galaxy called Caltech far, far away from Stanford University, Darth Vader Preskill is informed by Emperor Palpatine that the two co-founders of Coursera, Daphne Koller (aka Princess Leia) and Andy Ng (aka Luke Skywalker), are his offsprings, and that they are threatening the Empire of traditional Universities that Lord Vader has sworn to defend.

The following is a quote from the movie “The Empire Strikes Back”, with some minor modifications. My omissions from the quote are crossed out. My additions to the quote are placed in parenthesis.

Darth Vader Preskill: [kneeling before Emperor Palpatine’s hologram] What is thy bidding, my master?

Emperor Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the (Educational) Force.

Darth Vader Preskill: I have felt it.

Palpatine: We have a new enemy. The young (Coursera) Rebel(s) who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy (and girl are) is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.

Darth Vader Preskill: How is that possible?

Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You will know it to be true. He(They) could destroy us.

Darth Vader Preskill: He’s just a boy. (They are just children). Obi-Wan can no longer help him (them).

Palpatine: The (Educational) Force is strong with him(them). The son (and daughter) of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.(MOOC Jedis).

Darth Vader Preskill: If he (they) could be turned, he(they) would become a powerful ally.(powerful allies)

Palpatine: [intrigued] Yes… He (They) would be a great asset. Can it be done?

Darth Vader Preskill: He (They) will join us or die, master.

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