Educational Technology

November 28, 2013

Universities See Promise in ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Jeffrey Sparshott, Wall Street Journal

The head of Maryland’s university system on Wednesday said higher education needs to embrace disruptive technologies such as massive online courses in an effort to serve more students and contain costs. “If at the end of the day this means there aren’t as many universities or some people don’t have jobs, you know, this is not a welfare business,” William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual meeting. “We have the interests of the nation at stake.” Mr. Kirwan said educators have to be “brutally honest” about the need to educate more people at a lower cost in an effort to create a better educated, more socially mobile society. “Higher education has got to be able to find ways of providing lower cost, high-quality education. Add I believe these disruptive technologies hold that promise,” he said.

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