1.21 gigawatts away from the future of education.

Present a view of the future of online education. Image and text. Scenarios.

Alright so here’s the plan: research the poop out of online education. Fair enough.

So, of course, like any other lazy college student I literally Googled “the future of online education.” A couple of links down I found this really neat article by Eric Hellweg on the Harvard Business Review. It tends to focus more in the beginning on the prices of education and how ridiculous they’re becoming.

How can MIT charge $50,000 for tuition going forward? Can we justify that in the future? … But I don’t think we can charge that much for tuition …  and it’s a big pressure point for us. (Reif, president of MIT)

Despite prices, people still see to be leaning toward the more expensive options that allow them to learn with groups of people rather than the cheaper options that are less interactive.

There are a few members on the panel discussing these topics that are CEOs of OLE companies such as Udacity and Coursera. I had never heard of these before so I gave their websites a visit. Udacity’s mission is essentially to offer free online higher education to any kind of person willing to take part. That’s right. Free! Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig decided to offer their “Introduction to Articifical Intelligence” course online for free instead of making everyone ay Stanford University prices. Well, it was a hit and Udacity was born.

Coursera is yet another provider of free online college-level courses. Founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are also Stanford University Professors who believe in a series of pedagogical foundations in order to sustain knowledge as well as free learning opportunities for all. I wonder if they have French classes.

Nope. I guess Rosetta Stone has that on lock-down.

To figure out what may or may not happen in the future of the OLE I must have at least a mild understanding of what the OLE is like now. To think, I’ve only just brushed the surface.


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