Disruptive innovation: Open online courses are changing education forever

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  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    The school of the future is here today, being refined quickly.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    This is the direction public education needs to go, with online programs geared to assist student in different subjects. Teachers can collaborate in the production and utilization of these programs. "Flip" schooling so that students listen and begin to process at home, interact with others and get individualilzed help during the day. It is the future...

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    BUU-Idaho's Pathway Program is an example of how online classes can help students earn an excellent college education at a fraction of the cost. In the future there will probably be a combination of both classroom education and online education. K-12 education will also benefit. Teachers will be able to monitor the progress of individual students and individualize their education in ways they never could have before. And, children who live in an area where the public school education is sub-standard, can receive an excellent home school education using modern technology.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 3:00 a.m.

    Never say forever, it never happens. The pros and cons of this is that this kind of education is narrow and limiting of the mind as a single cell amoeba. While it may raise knowledge in a single subject or job skill, it is not useful as a tool for a united society and set of goals that all can share to help each other.

    Learning what you don't want to learn in a persons lesser interests is what real class room and general eduction is all about. Often times many people find that what they didn't like in class rooms of public education was really their best aptitude of skills.

    Then there will be the government intervention of free education and free speech and free thought corrupting the k1-k12 brain washing.

    What will be most devastating is in school banking and $billions losses of the indentured servitude fees of school loans, eventually collapsing wall street with the decline in school and consumer debts. With the aspects of less debt an economic benefit for growth, it will collapse government expansion, legislation will kill free colleges so government expansion can continue.