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Why Online Learning is Ready for Disruption?

Why Online Learning is Ready for Disruption?

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I found this article (which quotes Edutopia, which is nice) in which the author argues that online learning is ready for disruption. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/13/clayton-christensen-why-online-... It's a great summary of the growth of online learning, and also some of the concerns from teachers and higher education about the challenges facing online learners. The part I found most interesting was this: 'Christensen tells me how the University of Phoenix is spending about $200 million every year on making their teaching better. “That’s $200 million every year just on making their teaching better,” he repeats. “Do you know how much money Harvard spends every year to make its teaching better? Zero.” The reason is that Harvard defines research as creating new knowledge, while The University of Phoenix defines it as finding new ways to provide knowledge. “It blows the socks off of us in their ability to teach so well,” he says.' Thoughts?

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