Higher Education in the Digital Age

Higher Education in the Digital Age

William G. Bowen


Two of the main obvious and critical traits in greater schooling at the present time are its exploding expenditures and the fast enlargement of on-line studying. may perhaps the expansion in on-line classes gradual the emerging price of school and support remedy the situation of affordability? during this brief and incisive e-book, William G. Bowen, one of many premier specialists at the intersection of schooling and economics, explains why, regardless of his prior skepticism, he now believes know-how has the aptitude to assist rein in bills with out negatively affecting scholar studying. As a former president of Princeton collage, an economist, and writer of many books on schooling, together with the acclaimed bestseller The form of the River, Bowen speaks with specified services at the subject.

Surveying the dizzying array of latest technology-based instructing and studying tasks, together with the hugely publicized emergence of "massive open on-line classes" (MOOCs), Bowen argues that such applied sciences might remodel conventional better education--allowing it ultimately to minimize emerging bills via expanding productiveness, whereas holding caliber and maintaining middle values. however the demanding situations, that are organizational and philosophical up to technological, are daunting. They contain delivering challenging proof of even if on-line schooling is within your means in numerous settings, rethinking the governance and decision-making buildings of upper schooling, and constructing customizable technological structures. but, Bowen continues to be confident that the aptitude payoff is great.

Based at the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, brought at Stanford college, the ebook comprises responses from Stanford president John Hennessy, Harvard college psychologist Howard Gardner, Columbia collage literature professor Andrew Delbanco, and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller.

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