Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Traditional Education Delivery Mechanisms Are Dying

The bursting bubble in higher education will impact workplace education as well.  We are already seeing the impact on online education in the continuing education arena where busy professionals insist on the option.  As I've noted in the past, online education is coming and those who embrace it will enjoy success.

“The most important part of the college bubble story,” Harden argues, “concerns the impending financial collapse of numerous private colleges and universities and the likely shrinkage of many public ones. And when that bubble bursts, it will end a system of higher education that, for all of its history, has been steeped in a culture of exclusivity. Then we’ll see the birth of something entirely new as we accept one central and unavoidable fact: The college classroom is about to go virtual.”
In recent years, both Harvard and MIT have invested heavily in a free, on-line initiative dubbed “edX” which offers “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) to anyone with an Internet connection and the requisite curiosity. Such novelties are sprouting up everywhere, and Harden is probably correct that they are “are poised to forever change the way students learn and universities teach.”

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MBordenaro said...

We on board with the college classroom going virtual. The BIM Education Co-op has supported BIMStorm online learning from its inception and we are now talking with The Catholic University of America to deliver continuing education web courses through it.

I think "13" is going to be a lucky number for all of us.


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Ruby Walters said...

This is great news I think because then more people can have access to higher education. My uncle works in construction in palestine tx and he has been talking about going back to school for years but hasn't been able to make it happen because of his unpredictable work schedule. With online classes though, its a lot easier to do the work when he has time for it and he's progressing a lot faster.