The article used an analogy between taking courses and downloading digital songs in iTune. Whereas purchases on digital albums have increased smoothly to 104,800,000, purchases on digital singles have rocketed to 1,306,200,000 since 2004. The author argues education should go under the similar pattern so that universities will offer degrees as collection of the best courses taught in the world instead of a prepackaged box of both wholesome and junk foods.
I think this is a thoughtful idea and something the mSchool project can take into account. How to make higher education more transparent? How to prevent those poorly performed teachers from staying in front of the blackboard? How to better allocate teacher resources? How to allow students to take courses that they are really interested in yet still having those courses that they may not fall in love with but will prove to be helpful in the future? How the students can take the knowledge and skills with them to their careers? How the students can constantly improve themselves as a lifelong endeavor? These answers are the real education I am imagining for tomorrow.
David Blake is Founder of Degreed, a project that practices David's beliefs in revolutionizing education. Degreed's slogan is:
Education is broken. Someone should do something.