Will Technology Disrupt Higher Education?

In the early 1990s, at the dawn of the Internet era, an explosion in academic productivity seemed to be around the corner. But the corner never appeared. Instead, teaching techniques at colleges and universities, which pride themselves on spewing out creative ideas that disrupt the rest of society, have continued to evolve at a glacial pace.

Sure, PowerPoint presentations have displaced chalkboards; enrollments in massive open online courses often exceed 100,000 (though the number of engaged students tends to be much smaller); and “flipped classrooms” replace homework with watching taped lectures, while class time is spent discussing homework exercises.

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