By William G. Bowen
Of the main obvious and significant tendencies in greater schooling at the present time are its exploding expenditures and the swift growth of on-line studying. may the expansion in on-line classes gradual the emerging fee of school and aid resolve the trouble of affordability? during this brief and incisive ebook, William G. Bowen, one of many premier specialists at the intersection of schooling and economics, explains why, regardless of his past skepticism, he now believes know-how has the capability to assist rein in expenses with no negatively affecting pupil studying. As a former president of Princeton college, an economist, and writer of many books on schooling, together with the acclaimed bestseller the form of the River, Bowen speaks with special services at the subject.
Surveying the dizzying array of latest technology-based instructing and studying projects, together with the hugely publicized emergence of "massive open on-line courses" (MOOCs), Bowen argues that such applied sciences may possibly rework conventional larger education--allowing it ultimately to decrease emerging expenses through expanding productiveness, whereas retaining caliber and maintaining center values. however the demanding situations, that are organizational and philosophical up to technological, are daunting. They comprise delivering challenging proof of even if on-line schooling is low-cost in a number of settings, rethinking the governance and decision-making buildings of upper schooling, and constructing customizable technological systems. but, Bowen continues to be confident that the capability payoff is great.
Based at the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, added at Stanford college, the publication contains responses from Stanford president John Hennessy, Harvard collage psychologist Howard Gardner, Columbia college literature professor Andrew Delbanco, and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller.