Archive for the 'elearning' Category

The incredible rate of tuition inflation

November 20, 2015

This graph, presented at Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller’s Ted Talk on online education is truly amazing. With all of the attention paid to healthcare costs, the rate of inflation for higher education is substantially higher.

Coursera is addressing this issue by making great content from great universities available globally. Courses are free (certificates may be paid for).
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The impact of this approach is revolutionary.

Aside from using technology to make educational content more widely available, Coursera has the potential to reduce the costs of traditional higher education be offering more efficient (cost effective) ways to deliver basic lecture-hall type courses. In the longer run, it could even create downward pressure on educational costs be creating competition.

Should education be thought of as a fundamental human right? Yes, and approaches like this make it a reality. Our world is getting better.

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The end of college education as we know it?

May 1, 2015

Exciting times.

Just as information technology has made it exponentially cheaper to create a start-up technology company in Silicon Valley, it will make it exponentially cheaper to create a start-up college, almost anywhere.

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/the-end-of-college-2015-4#ixzz3YuEC2ILW

In addition, the boundaries between what we traditionally describe as “higher education” and adult learning (or training) will begin to fade and ultimately disappear.

Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math (The Napster of K-12 education?)

May 20, 2011

Giving away effective methods for mastering the world’s knowledge presents a Napster-like challenge for companies such as London-based Pearson and McGraw-Hill, which publish two of the most popular grade-school math textbooks and offer extensive online and digital components. For Pearson, the education segment in North America, comprising textbooks, online products, and test administration, represented $4.2 billion worth of business in 2010; for McGraw-Hill in 2009, it was $2.4 billion. Education Market Research estimates that the K-12 textbook market alone will reach $3.5 billion in the 2010-2011 school year.

The Khan Academy gives it away to 2M users (students).  There are amazing things happening in the education business.

Open Source Learning

November 27, 2010