Discussion: Could Open Courseware be the New Campus?
I know everybody’s busy with finals right now, but if you get the chance I encourage you to check out this recent article at Ars Technica. The Gates Foundation is in the process of funding a number of innovative and open higher education projects which could eventually disrupt the entire concept of college as we know it.
Most of us already use software on campus, either on our own or provided by our schools, that augment education and provide a layer of interactivity and collaboration that didn’t exist before. Many of the upcoming projects, notably The Open University, intend to take actual instruction online.
So what do you think? Is the internet destined to make physical campuses a relic of the past? What aspects of in-person instruction can’t be replicated? Go join the debate in the comments!