As Scott McNealy, Chairman of Sun stated:
Technology has to play a huge role in education. (It's) changed commerce...publishing...banking. It's got to change education big time.It will change but it takes time for large entrenched institutions to change. Heck, Harvard has just now decided to have its first women president.
Or, maybe a more moderate approach will occur, as advocated by Charles Reed,, chancellor of the largest four-year university system in the United States (the California State University System).
...students becoming more like telecommuters. They might meet with faculty and peers one day a week on campus, and then use simulations, virtual worlds and downloaded information the rest of the week to complete coursework.
I ask, why do they need to meet once a week? And what are those colleges going to do with those huge classrooms and infrastructure the other 6 days of the week? It's got to be expensive to heat or cool all those mostly empty buildings.
Yet, colleges are still on a building frenzy. Driving up costs and hoping to get a large return. It reminds me (as I think I've said before) of Ford building the SUVs when anyone could see a gas shortage coming. But they just forged ahead. Is higher education doing the same thing...
Read the more optimistic article that sparked this post titled Universities register for virtual future
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