I was once again inspired by Shai Reshef during our panel discussion at The Economist “Ideas Economy” conference in New York, where he presented of The University of the People concept and the progress they are making. Incredibly innovative approach to lower costs, increase reach and achieve inclusion.
My arguments had to do with the potential of technology to transform the education process, not only in terms of reach but quality, and most importantly, the need for a profound transformation of the traditional campus. Perhaps the least valuable thing we can do in a lecture hall is to lecture. There are many better (cheaper, more effective, more convenient) ways to convey knowledge. And time on campus ought to be dedicated to activities that can best take place in person: applying knowledge, collaborating, discussing, building relationships. Are we ready to meet these challenges?