16 June 2012

EPIC 2020: The Complete Transformation of Higher Education

The higher education bubble is nearing its limits. There is more college loan debt in the US than credit card debt -- more than $1 trillion.

The above video (via EPIC 2020) presents a higher educational timeline scenario from now through the early 2020s. What it describes is nothing less than total revolution in higher education.

More: 2012 as the breaking point in "business as usual" in higher education

The following video is 24 minutes long, with more detailed information on the education revolution than the above video.

via EPIC 2020

Links to articles discussing the concepts featured in the above videos

Is this a last-ditch effort for mainstream universities to save themselves?

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Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

I am curious as to how online education would replace lab courses for the hard sciences.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Several years ago we looked at that question here, and came up with a number of alternatives.

But you point out a crucial point: Much of what is taught as lecture topics in conventional schools should instead be taught as experiential and experimental topics. It is not a "revolution" if the mass production strait-jacket system of conventional education is simply transposed over to a mass production strait-jacket online education.

From the viewpoint of the Al Fin "Dangerous Child" approach to education (see alfin2101.blogspot.com) many dangerous children will have already experimented at home. Alternatively there could be special camps for children to learn experimentation, community labs and hobby centres (similar to "community gardens"), or at for-profit franchise centres which also offer advanced simulations, proctored exams, and other services that complement and supplement an online education.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012  
Blogger kurt9 said...

I ran across some social conservative idiot about a week ago who claimed that the higher education bubble was not that big of deal. If I remembered where it was, I would link to it here.

Although I am generally conservative (in the Robert Heinlein sense), there are times I think some social conservatives are even dumber than the liberal-left. The liberal-left is justifiably criticized for promoting dependency and ineptitude and well as denigrating productive accomplishment. However, I find that there are a significant number of social conservatives who also promulgate dependency, ineptitude, and suffering as positive values. With "conservatives" like these, who needs liberal-left as opposition?

I think there are two kinds of conservative. There is the conservative I identify with that promulgates competence, self-reliance, free-markets, and productive accomplishment. There is another kind of conservative that seems to promote dependency and ineptitude, along with a sort of feudalism. I consider this second kind of conservative to be even worse than the liberal-left. Both the liberal-left and the second kind of conservative worship the Zero.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012  

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