The University is Dead – Welcome to the New Education Movement
Universities are based on a model thousands of years old, ridiculously expensive (WHY?), inefficiently time consuming, and generalized top-down for the average student of subject A, B, or C, i.e., here’s what we got, aim it at the students and you’ll hit a good lot of them with a shotgun blast of education! Granted medicine, welding, and other hands-on practices for now remain tied to this model, but for the rest of us, the market is shifting in a big way.
The New Education Movement.
Pay next to nothing, learn efficiently at your own pace, focus on what you want/need and enrich with electives of your choosing. Of course there have been plenty of online degree granting programs out there for a while, but they haven’t been taken all that seriously, and those of us with a traditional four-year (or more) university-based degree have kinda scoffed at them from our ivory tower of, well, let’s see… debt and unemployment?
Now the degree game is changing too, and programs like Udacity and MITx are getting into the certificate-granting side of things. Ahhh, diplomas. How quaint.
Here are more than a few more points to consider:
Can a Free Online Education Land You a Job?
Coverage of MITx going live.
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Apple’s iPad Aims to Revolutionize Education
Article from CIO
Why You Should Root for College to Go Online
Atlantic article on that.
Think the academic journal cartels are an outmoded impediment to getting research out in the world and accelerating scientific development? Yes. How about 1 million-plus researchers publishing their work openly online?
A resource much more serious that its name sounds when you say it out loud. To quote: “Learn Anything With Your Peers. It’s Online and Totally Free.”
If you don't believe that the university model is under terminal threat - delve in here