March 14, 2013
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: So yesterday I went down to Atlanta and spoke at the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s public affairs dinner, and in the course of conversations about future business models for higher education I had a thought: What if you unbundled the “hotel” functions of a college — classrooms, dorms, student center, etc. — from the teaching function. You could basically have a college without faculty: Get your courses via MOOCs, have a bunch of TA’s and adjuncts to help students with problems, paper-writing, etc., but basically give the students the “college experience” of living together, etc., while getting your teaching from somewhere else. Kind of the Khan Academy’s flipped-classroom model on a larger scale. Not sure if this would work, but it was an interesting thought.