Online Learning Update

February 10, 2012

Connecting the dots in open online learning: An ‘Arab Spring’ of free online higher education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Daniel de Vise, Washington Post

The stars are aligned for this new disruption to emerge — whether you call it “the unbundling of the university,” the “modularization of education” or “eliminating the middleman” (the College). Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” However, when some of the bread crumbs start to line up, it is an indication that a change is coming… In any case, we think that the Arab Spring of higher education is already starting to take place, and will change the face of higher education in fundamental ways. Whether it is an Amazon model, or an eBay model, or some combination of both, we’ll have to wait and see.

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