Just recently, a group of academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs gathered at New York University’s Stern School of Business to discuss educational technologies and their effects on the future of higher education. A critical question was posed about the future of higher education as technology continues to play a crucial role in the accessibility and distribution of education: How will higher education and/or the notion of “college” change as platforms, such as MOOCs, become common for others to use as alternatives to the traditional classroom and campus environment?
Stepping in to learn more about what was discussed during the meeting, Issie Lapowsky, a writer for Inc.com, explains how, even though many posed opposing viewpoints on the topic of technology and higher education, all came to a consensus on the simple fact that higher education will have to be restructured and that the “status quo is not an option”, as stated by NYU’s President John Sexton.
From this meeting, a list was compiled of the six ways in which technology will dramatically change education in the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond:
- “Technology can help universities discover talent”
- “Low cost education technology will eventually rob universities of students”
- “Loans will be paid back later”
- “Students will demand practical skills training over soft skills”
- “The university will become unbundled”
- “The university of tomorrow will not look like a university (or a MOOC)”
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