Is education in the midst of a 'Napster moment?'
- Panelists discussed the future of digital education Wednesday at Google's New York headquarters during a Scientific American and Macmillan Science & Education summit titled "Learning in the Digital Age."
- Macmillan New Ventures Director of Strategic Initiatives Mike Berlin said education is facing its "Napster moment," fighting 200 years of inertia while trying to avoid mistakes similar to those made by the music industry at the dawn of the MP3 age.
- Additionally, HarvardX Director Robert Lue suggested that MOOCs are already obsolete and that Harvard faculty are developing personalized Online Learning Activities (OLAs) that will serve as a next step.
From the article:
... Many of the panelists agreed that education is at a tipping point. "Technology has not revolutionized education yet," said Mike Berlin, director of strategic initiatives at Macmillan New Ventures (a sister company to Scientific American). "Investment and technology are in place, but we're fighting 200 years of inertia, and nobody knows exactly how it's going to play out." The key, he added, was to try to avoid mistakes like those made by the music industry on its road to iTunes. "This is a Napster moment for education," he said. "It's a big opportunity and an existential threat." ...
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