Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The higher ed story of 2020 is not the pandemic, writes Joshua Kim. It's "the development of online degrees at scale." he explains, "The innovation of online degrees at scale is their costs. By going to scale, schools can dramatically drive down tuition prices and fees." The first to move will be the high-priced MBA programs that could easily be offered online and offered at a much lower cost. "Over the next few years, what will happen is that very quickly, most residential and high-priced master's degrees will disappear. They will be replaced by fewer schools offering low-cost online degrees." Well... maybe. Lowering cost and making learning more widely accessible is why I'm interested in online learning to begin with. It would be nice to see that promise realized in my lifetime.

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