Clay Shirky, Professor at NYU and author of ‘Here Comes Everyone’ and ‘Cognitive Surplus’ wrote the best overview of the state of higher education I’ve seen. It is on his blog this week. Everything is discussed, all in one place, in historical context with his added first hand knowledge of what’s happening now. Well worth a read of the full article, at the link.
“Interest in using the internet to slash the price of higher education is being driven in part by hope for new methods of teaching, but also by frustration with the existing system. The biggest threat those of us working in colleges and universities face isn’t video lectures or online tests. It’s the fact that we live in institutions perfectly adapted to an environment that no longer exists.”