Is Online Learning Disrupting Our Education System?

In a world where higher education is expensive and much of its funding is failing, what do we do? With tuition increases – as well as student debt – are there other alternatives to giving people the education they need that’s not only affordable but actually prepares them well for the work they want to do?

San Francisco’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom recently sat down with Udacity co-founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun to talk about the potential of online education (Here’s the conversation). Thrun is a disrupter in his own right – who believes that, in 50 years, there will only be 10 institutions in the world that will offer higher education.

Experimentation seems to be the name of the game. And there’s a lot of it going on. But there’s a lot of attention being paid to how people are learning – what are our learning styles – some do better in a classroom learning some things, others do better learning other things, face to face. Stay tuned.

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