The Transformation of Education

DSC02299Without fundamental reform, universities will not be able to compete with cheaper and more effective online education providers. While many young people are still going to university, a growing portion of the best and the brightest students have given up attending classes, because the information is available in a more easily ingested form online.

There will be more post secondary courses delivered by MOOCS in a few years than all face to face university courses combined. Universities must shift their business model from the centuries-old notion that a professor lectures students, to a more collaborative, interactive model. Instead of being the “sage on the stage,” teachers should be the co-pilot for students as they explore and collaborate online to acquire knowledge. We need to reinvent how content is created thought creating a meta-university, or a network for higher learning.” The university also needs to change its relationship to other institutions in society.