- At a private summit Monday sponsored by edX founders MIT and Harvard University, many of the biggest names in online education discussed the future of traditional higher education in the digital age.
- Those at the summit concluded that MOOCs and other online courses wouldn't lower the price of attending elite institutions, but they would likely have a huge impact on how traditional courses at top campuses are taught.
- One suggested change was a flipped method, using online modules to teach the most basic material in a course and freeing an instructor to use class time for more in-depth discussion and providing feedback.
From the article:
... Monday's daylong conference, which was largely off the record except when permission was granted, featured many of the voices commonly associated with the current upheaval in higher education. They included Clayton M. Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor, who gave a crash course in his influential theory of "disruptive innovation"; and Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, an online-lecture repository, who appeared, Oz-like, as a 12-foot-tall talking head projected on the wall above the stage. ...