Excellent Article, for someone considering enrolling into graduate school such as myself... there are amazing (MOOCS) Massive Open Online courses platforms... which now exist such as Coursera, Edx and FutureLearn which can work great as a matter of supplemental education.
However, the real challenge that lies ahead is the overall perception of receiving multiple certifications versus receiving an degree. My curiousity also rests in a matter of holding oneself accountable in terms of an online curriculum versus offline which is truly beneficial in the mode of having a specific time to spend on class work, resources for classes.
Ripe time for a disruption in higher-ed to say the least!!!!
I just had a few fearful thoughts about the marriage of Big Tech and higher ed, but then I remembered that Big Tech has already swallowed the whole of education, starting from pre-K. This keeps happening to me; I’ll think, “this could get ugly,” before remembering that it’s already so much uglier than I can imagine.
Proposal: High school diploma should be the new touchdown. By graduation, students should be ready for a bunch of cool jobs.
Also, it’s time to start thinking about learning (thinking!) as a practice, something you do for your entire life. School should merely be a place to learn how to learn - how to teach yourself and how to learn by doing with others.
The “education” part of college has always been a bit of a joke. Now the joke is so absurd it isn’t even funny: $40-50k for online classes. That ain’t right. 🧐