Online education gathers pace

Excellent article in The Guardian asking the question Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university.

We all buy books and listen to music online. Online shopping is causing our high streets to be ghost towns. Newspapers are going online as paper versions struggle to sell. Is education next? I think the answer is yes and within 10 years Higher Education will look different to what it is now. High tuition fees will mean it is inevitable that online universities will proper.

Teaching though is not just about university lectures it is also about learning from those around you. The Guardian article is well worth a read.

Personally, I think a combination of online and face to face might work best (blended learning) but the juggernaut of online learning is now gathering pace and it will be interesting to see where it ends up.

Take a look at the online universities below. They have already signed up tens of thousands of people. All the courses are free. I quite fancy taking the online computer programming course myself !

http://www.khanacademy.org/

https://www.edx.org/

https://www.coursera.org/

http://www.udacity.com/   

 

Thanks for reading - I would love to hear your comments.