Online Learning Update

August 31, 2017

Self-made billionaire Bill Gates: Better technology must be developed to help educate people

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Zameena Mejia, CNBC

Gates says he sees today’s “gold standard” of physically attending a university just to prove you have learned new information and abilities as antiquated and ripe for change. “I see those things decoupling,” Gates says, adding “the way you prove that you have certain skills can be very straightforward.” One digitally-savvy way to do so is by participating in massive open online courses. In the future, Gates says many of the people responsible for deep innovations “will be polymathic, they will be unusually strange people who learn a lot of things and, therefore, able to reason across the boundaries of two subject areas.” “Fortunately, a very small percentage of society can do the innovations that benefit society very broadly,” he says.

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