The Future of Higher Education: Massive Online Open Disruption (the Nantucket Project)

A great panel from last August you might have missed. From the Nantucket Project, The Future of Higher Education: Massive Online Open Disruption panel included former Harvard President Larry Summers, Singularity University’s Vivek Wadhwa, Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel, Harvard dean Mike Smith, and moderator Peter Hopkins (co-founder, Big Think).

The description:

Today students graduate from college in the U.S. with a mountain of debt and a skill set deficit that leaves them unprepared for the challenges of succeeding in today’s knowledge economy. Some believe we seem to be paying an awful lot for a system that is under-delivering. Panelist and former Harvard President, Larry Summers, shared his thoughts stating, “the idea that there is a massive over-investment in education that needs to get scaled back is very badly wrong.”

This is from the period of time when Harvard and MIT were gearing up for edX, and covers broad themes that remain quite relevant.

5 thoughts on “The Future of Higher Education: Massive Online Open Disruption (the Nantucket Project)

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  2. Amen! I’m tired of people ridiculing online education. At the end if the day, It’s the individual who is responsible for learning. The educational institution is responsible for creating the learning environment: Online or Traditional.

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  3. Traditional College education is a great thing but not for everyone. I’m a 57 year old truck driver from New Jersey ( NYC area) the OCW and Edx programs has offered me the chance to take classes at MIT , Harvard and Yale . This has given me insight and enlightenment and has changed me in very positive ways. I’m now a very different person than people knew 10 years ago. For me it’s not for a degree but It’s been for me and my personal self asteem . This has allowed me to feel so much better about myself and the people around me have noticed the change in a positive way they have transformed my life in a great way. Yes this is great for the working class people of the world..

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