The Campus Tsunami

The Campus Tsunami

They said it not me… “Online learning seems especially useful in language and remedial education.” I agree 100% with almost this entire article but definitely agree with that one sentence. As long as online language training is done right there is no reason why it shouldn’t be as effective or more effective than in the classroom learning. It allows us to bring the best educators from anywhere in the world directly to you at times and places convenient to you. It also allows us to more easily tailor make a program just for you.

These are excerpts from an article on the nytimes.com. For the full article by David Brooks please go here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/opinion/brooks-the-campus-tsunami.html
May 3, 2012

The Campus Tsunami

By DAVID BROOKS

Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007.
But, over the past few months, something has changed. The elite, pace-setting universities have embraced the Internet. Not long ago, online courses were interesting experiments. Now online activity is at the core of how these schools envision their futures.

This week, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology committed $60 million to offer free online courses from both universities. Two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, have formed a company, Coursera, which offers interactive courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and engineering. Their partners include Stanford, Michigan, Penn and Princeton. Many other elite universities, including Yale and Carnegie Mellon, are moving aggressively online. President John Hennessy of Stanford summed up the emerging view in an article by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker, “There’s a tsunami coming.”

What happened to the newspaper and magazine business is about to happen to higher education: a rescrambling around the Web.

He goes on to say:

The doubts are justified, but there are more reasons to feel optimistic. In the first place, online learning will give millions of students access to the world’s best teachers. Already, hundreds of thousands of students have taken accounting classes from Norman Nemrow of Brigham Young University, robotics classes from Sebastian Thrun of Stanford and physics from Walter Lewin of M.I.T.

And…

Research into online learning suggests that it is roughly as effective as classroom learning. It’s easier to tailor a learning experience to an individual student’s pace and preferences. Online learning seems especially useful in language and remedial education.