- 11/01/12 Campus Technology by Andrew Barbour , executive editor of Campus Technology.
But with so much uncertainty facing higher education, charting a course through the fog will be tough. I am the first to
admit that I have doubts about online learning and its capacity to provide an equivalent–or better–educational
experience to young adults. For me, there are still as many questions as answers:
- Are undergraduate students mature enough to see an online course–let alone a degree–through to completion?
- How much of the value of a four-year college experience is social, not academic?
- How do established universities maintain their brand identity and value in a disaggregated education model?
- Is there a role for midtier schools in an online world of high-quality course offerings from elite institutions?
Maybe online learning is the answer, maybe not. Perhaps it’s just part of the answer. Over the next year,
Campus Technology will run a series of articles that seek to shed some light on this complex issue. I invite you to
help us sift through the angles and argument