“A year and a half ago … people thought this was going to solve the problems of higher education because people would be educated for less money. That’s not the way it’s worked out.” Now, San Jose State is scaling back its relationship with Udacity, taking more direct control of the courses it offers through the company and rethinking its commitment to MOOCs.
There’s a scene in the movie “Good Will Hunting” where Will shames an arrogant Harvard student by pointing out that he wasted his money because he “dropped 150 grand on a … education you could’ve got for $1.50 in late charges at the public library.” Today that line would be written as “dropped 150 grand on a … education you could’ve got for free on the Internet.” But just as few people in 1997 replaced their formal education with visits to the library despite the massive price differential, so too will most people continue to require structure and a supportive learning environment in the modern age of online education.
n the US, an undergraduate education used to be an option, one way to get into the middle class. Now it’s a hostage situation, required to avoid falling out of it. And if some of the hostages having trouble coming up with the ransom conclude that our current system is a completely terrible idea, then learning will come unbundled from the pursuit of a degree just as as songs came unbundled from CDs.
If this happens, Harvard will be fine. Yale will be fine, and Stanford, and Swarthmore, and Duke. But Bridgerland Applied Technology College? Maybe not fine. University of Arkansas at Little Rock? Maybe not fine. And Kaplan College, a more reliable producer of debt than education? Definitely not fine.
(Full Story: Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky)
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Today, Top Hat Monocle is used by 65,000 college students at 150 universities across North America, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. This morning, the 32-person Toronto-based company announced that it’s raised $8 million in venture funding from Emergence Capital and iNovia Capital. Top Hat previously raised $1.5 million in angel funding in July 2011.
The company offers software that helps professors harness students’ phones for classroom lessons and activities, instead of Twitter and Temple Runner. At its simplest, professors use the software to present slideshows and handouts on students’ phones and laptops. Instructors can create more interactive digital activities, like polls, quizzes, and open-ended question and answer exercises. (It’s also a pretty painless way to gauge attendance.) Versions of the software work for feature phones up through iOS and Android devices.