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December 28, 2013

An Interview with Daphne Koller of Coursera

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by Peter High, Forbes

Daphne Koller: I think there are universities that are going to be at risk from this, but it is not necessarily the lower level ones. I think it is the ones that don’t give careful thought to the implications of this transformation and how it impacts the value proposition that they provide to their students that will have trouble. I think many universities go into this or have traditionally gone into this with the assumption that their primary value for their students is the dissemination or delivery of content. Content is becoming a lot more readily available, through many open educational resources, and universities had better be more than just the content they have been providing to the students and also more than just a degree. So, what are the value-added services that the universities provide? Is this the support with tutoring? Is this internship tutoring with the ability to get involved in research with a faculty member? There are a lot of other performances with the university experience that do provide huge value, but you really have to clarify that with the students and really execute on that. If they don’t do that, then they are the ones that are going to suffer.

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