Where university education is headed.

Are Harvard and MIT spearheading change in university education or is it Stanford? Could it be LingQ one day?

Read this article for an interesting dicussion about the changes that are already taking place in university education.

I foresee the day when university courses, in different languages, will be offered at LingQ, with full audio, video, transcripts and other resources, enabling students to learn from the leading professors in the world, and learning languages as they go.

Only the best courses should prosper. The “dog” courses all too offered at your local university, and which are taken only to obtain credits towards a degree, should go by the wayside. This will improve the quality of university education, increase assessibilty to far more students and lower the cost to everyone.

9 comments on “Where university education is headed.

Eric

是啊,大学教育不应该是少数人才能享有的专利。知识,是属于每一个人的。而语言,是获取知识的工具。应该向你一样多学几门外语才好。

With regard to what was said in the article: I quite liked the Khan Academy, but I also 100% loved to listen to some of the Yale Courses which were available online. So, I hope, such simple "webcam" university-projects will prosper as well. The revolution in availability may be at least as useful as the one in methodology.

nativetrans

In coming days there would be huge modifications in online education system. People who are eager to learn definitely should come to take the opportunity to improve their skills.

nauczanie

I think university education is now overrated and heading to some huge disaster. But it’s interesting that we can learn online which is very comfortable.

Helene

I couldn’t afford uni when I was in my 20’s: I started a degree when I was 18 but had to drop out when I was 20 as I couldn’t afford the bills (especially accommodation, as my uni was in a very expensive town). A decade later, I started an online degree with the OU. Initially, everything went well, but then the financial crisis started, I lost my job, couldn’t find another stable one, and then OU fees skyrocketed. For example, a level 1 10-pointer which would have cost £99 in 2007, £199 in 2008, and £245 in April this year, will cost £415 in October. A 30-pointer which cost around £450 (already a sizeable sum of the money, half a month’s salary for me) in 2010 will cost £1,250 (over a month’s salary) in October. You need a minimum of 3,600 points to get a degree: that means forking out over 1 year’s salary (more like 1 year and a half) over a maximum of 6 years… With rents, electricity, travelcard, food, and coucil tax bills all increasing, and salaries static at best, it’s just impossible! So I’m now studying with Stanford, although I would have to pay as well to get a ‘certificate’ at the end of a course. Their courses are hugely popular too: over £70K students at one of them! This means the online forum is a bit too busy, unfortunately.

William

My only worry is the the worth and quality of a university education will be cheapened as university educations are spread to more and more people. More and more students, in my view, might lead to less and less strict policies, lower standards, etc. I wish I had more time to explain, but I’m about to run. To summarize, the idea is great, as long as the education isn’t cheapened in ANY way.

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