My favorite class so far is called New Business Development - Pitching the Perfect Presentation. For the final project, we have to give a polished presentation about a topic we are well versed in. Each week, we create a small section of the overall talk. I choose to focus on the future of online education, since I teach online and am in the midst of an experiment in distance education called Adventures in Adult Education.
The homework With the assignment in mind, I picked up the New York Times as part of my Sunday morning ritual. Hmm, I wonder if there's anything in here I could use for my project... Here's what I found on the first page:
"I can see a day soon where you’ll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world — some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh — paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. It will change teaching, learning and the pathway to employment. “There is a new world unfolding,” said Reif, “and everyone will have to adapt.”
- Thomas Freidman, The New York Times, Sunday Review, January 27, 2013. Read the full article.