Higher Education · Education

How long do you think education as it currently stands can continue?

Shamim Hasan CEO at Xpart Solutions

October 6th, 2016

It seems like online platforms offer far stronger solutions to highly expensive higher education.

William Holz

October 7th, 2016

While I definitely think that there's limited value in our assembly-line educational system when it comes to generally increasing the capability of humanity as a whole...there's definitely a lot of variance between fields of knowledge.

Some fields are still going to benefit a lot from access to materials and equipment.  You can only do so much microbiology work with the sort of products you can afford at home. 

Others, especially growing fields (data, programming, analytics) and creative/psychological ones (design, marketing)...well, honestly I haven't seen much advantage to a conventional education at all.  For those it seems like a person's personality profile is far more important (intrinsically motivated and enthusiastic people generally pass up the best educated in my experience...often quickly)

If you're familiar with Ken Robinson, he's given some exceptional talks on the subject and I think he's a tremendous source of information and quite capable at delivering it in bite-sized comprehensible pieces.  His TED talks are excellent, and the RSA has even animated one of his better speeches.


Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

October 7th, 2016

Pretty long. We've been doing this for a two decades, and no one has come up with the right platforms.

The problem with online platforms is that they don't provide what the schools are *really* providing. People don't send their kids to Harvard or MIT to learn classroom skills. People send their kids there to network with people and as a form of "young adult babysitting." Also, there are branding issues.  Colleges spend a lot of the money they receive to improve their branding, and it works.

It may be possible to create an online platform that takes these functions, but I haven't seen it. The other thing is that online platforms will not likely reduce the cost of education. First of all, to create an online platform is extremely expensive in capital costs and support. Second, since what you are paying for is a social network, and since you can recover huge costs if you do it right, it's likely that any online platform that does work, will charge as much as a physical university.

Alphonsus Stewart Directeur du Département Langues chez Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci

October 7th, 2016

I believe online platforms offer as much as libraries, except that the information available is less detailed and more entertaining. They allow good learners to learn more. They certainly don't replace what happens in a class with a good teacher, whatever the level. 2016-10-07 7:10 GMT+02:00 Shamim Hasan :


October 7th, 2016

Based on my experience with online and on-campus education, both offer very different type of experience i.e. value proposition. The cost and flexibility are biggest differences. But there are programs designed now that offer combination of online and offline experience. 
I think the future of education will be where VR/AR will be used to allow students to take classes from anywhere in the world and good quality education will not be restricted to a particular location or to the privileged.