There are four articles on digital education in the June 28, 2014 issue:
- Creative destruction: A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head.
- The digital degree: The staid higher-education business is about to experience a welcome earthquake.
- A winning recipe: Two big Brazilian education firms, now in the process of merging, show how universities can do both quantity and quality.
- Wealth by degrees: The returns to investing in a university education vary enormously.
For example, at MIT over half the 4,500 students take a MOOC as part of their course and half of their edX (MOOC) students come from developing countries. Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, proposes an alternative to the standard American four-year degree course. Students could spend an introductory year learning via a MOOC, followed by two years attending university and a final year starting part-time work while finishing their studies online.
In Brazil, private universities, are enjoying success with innovative blends of online, televised and in-person classes at widespread locations. At first they had the same sorts of problems as US trade schools face today, but they are now succeeding at offering effective, low-cost education.
|Change is inevitable.|
|MOOC students are international, with|
varying levels of education.
|Brazil has innovative mass-education.|
|Public support is falling and tuition rising.|
|The US educated a relatively high|
percent of the population in the past,
but South Korea is the leader today.