Update on the Future of Higher Education
Last week I wrote:
So doesn’t it make sense to put lectures up online, freeing students to spend that time studying, while also making it more likely that the students will “attend” the lecture? That class time, now free, can be used for the seminars where real peer-to-peer learning happens.
Stanford medical school agrees with me:
Instead, they call for an embrace of the “flipped” classroom, where students review Khan Academy’s YouTube lectures at home and solve problems alongside professors in the classroom. Students seem to love the idea: when Stanford piloted the flipped classroom in a Biochemistry course, attendance ballooned from roughly 30% to 80%.
The so-called “Education Revolution” is coming faster than anticipated. Some schools appear to be in denial – that their traditional model is still relevant. Stanford is showing everyone what online education can do; they will soon be the leader in university education, while everyone else will be playing catch-up.