Why Is The University Still Here? | TechCrunch

New forms of online education like MOOCs lost both forms of primacy at once. By making them free, students had few incentives to not quit any time the course materials got boring or difficult. Without a physical presence, there weren't the social peer effects of friends encouraging us to attend our classes on time, or shaming us about our poor performance. These products often tried to emulate the feel of a course by forcing students to take them concurrently....

May 28, 2015 · 1 min

on a world with only 10 universities

Reading the post/transcript of Audrey Watters' presentation from the OpenVA pre-conference, and something struck me. Compare the predictions of two experts in their fields, extrapolating their personal visions forward a few decades: "I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers." -- Thomas Watson, 1943 "In 50 years, there will be only 10 institutions in the world delivering higher education." -- Sebastian Thrun, 2012 I'm carrying 2 computers with me right now, and each one would have been considered high-end workstation-class devices only a few years go....

October 26, 2013 · 2 min