Bill Gates: The Internet Will Displace the Traditional University in 5 Years

DanColman, Open Culture, Aug 12, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about Bill Gates's predictions about education in five years - and especially the prediction that ti will be online, and better, in that time. He argued, "that the cost of college needs to come down, and the only way to accomplish this is through technology and lessening the importance of 'place-based' colleges. That's how you keep college education open to all. During the talk, he went further and asserted, 'Five years from now, on the Web for free, you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.'"

More on the talk from Bob Sprankle ("Thank god for charter schools. There is no room for innovation in the standard system." - Gates), Donald Clark ("K12 school is designed to baby-sit kids while adults get on with their jobs/lives" - Gates), Presentation Zen (in the improvement of Gates's presentation style), The Chronicle ("Place-based colleges' are good for parties, but are becoming less crucial for learning thanks to the Internet" - Gates), and Eric Stoller.
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