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The Changing Tides of College

Updated on October 29, 2011

A simple prediction...

I would like to take this moment, in the space of this hub, to make a prediction. There are some psychic skills involved, but mostly it's just intuition and the experience of being a person who is constantly on the watch to improve my education online.

My prediction is simple this....

College classrooms will be a thing of the past...

I give it between 10 and 20 years before the majority of college degrees are fully learned online. To add to that, I feel that most college educations will be free or very very affordable because of this change to the world wide web.

I can see that universities will become companies that hire teachers every few years to record four quarters or three trimesters of their classes onto videos and/or podcasts, create some written course work, computer quizzes and finals projects or tests. After paying the teacher for their educational media, they university will then sell the coursework to students in packages that go towards certain degrees, just like they do now, except that it will all be online.

I can also see that there will be several great online accredited colleges that will offer free education for everyone by having teachers donate their time to create materials. This will give all people that chance to gain a proper education, helping them move forward in their lives without the burden of college loan debt following them home or the thought of not being able to get an education because of lack of money or credit.

This in turn will create a better society, a stronger economy and more innovative adventures that help our species grow, explore and evolve.

It's already started...

Being that I've made previous predictions that didn't turn out exactly as I'd seen them, I'm willing to be the first to admit I could be wrong. However, the begins of my prediction can already been seen. Almost every college or university has online courses you can take or degrees you can earn. Albeit they are still rather pricey and the selection of classes tend to be rather meek. Still though, the changes are already being made.There are even online colleges that allow you to earn some degrees, though they aren't yet accredited, it is still a chance for education.

What do you think?

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I think you're right. It costs too much to sustain the physical facilities, also, most people do much better working at their own pace.