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What Is Qm And Online Learning
Today I had the pleasure of giving an address about what I call online learning (OL) for the Washington School Of Global Sustainability — a liberal arts institution that now includes Virtual College as part of its architecture — to nearly 300 people.
And as the day progressed, not only did I share an excellent summary of the values that define Online College, but it became clear that I was probably correct in putting the emphasis on the word “learning.”
Or rather, I was making the point that there is no further expansion of both Offline College and Online College — that the rest of our generation is finally settling into a new mode of work and learning that is both age-agnostic and remotely accessible.
And it is this aspect of it that is perhaps most exciting — not only because we can accomplish more with lower costs and longer working hours, but because it puts this generation in a position to get what we want, when we want it, and where we want it.
In this way, the writing is on the wall for graduates of traditional universities to officially find themselves out of a job, most likely “of necessity,” or else of choice.
For many people, this is an exciting revelation.
In addition to the obvious benefits in getting to work whenever and wherever you want, there are, of course, individual benefits.
One is the network effect: If you are part of a thriving network of students and professors with whom you share relevant ideas and experiences, not only are you automatically more productive than when you are disconnected, you are also more likely to successfully tackle complex projects and projects that are best pursued in-person.
The popular Netflix television series House of Cards, for example, is based on a book by Matt Fraction, which was previously published only in a distributed format.
But House of Cards would not have been possible in the book’s traditional form, because there would have been no digital “core” of students to engage in Fraction’s ideas.
Such a low barrier to entry enables a very broad range of people — not just rich kids and corporate executives — to get involved in the digital sphere of ideas and production, making the entire enterprise as broad and as open to people of all stripes as is possible in today’s world.
Another benefit: Because you don’t need a physical education teacher or a physical science teacher or an English teacher, you get to take your class to the places where you live, work, and play. And that creates a first-rate social environment for the learning experience, as teachers become less detached from students and more connected with the people around them.
These things are wonderful for individual people. But what they can do is enable schools to reduce in-person teaching loads by millions of hours a year.
Lower-cost courses, for example, can take students to anywhere in the world.
This also has major social implications: Lowering educational costs doesn’t just make you cheaper to employ, it means that, by lowering our total education cost, you can begin to “leverage” your taxes to effect social change.
When another Pew Research survey revealed that “more women than men are getting college degrees today,” 39 percent of people said this increase should be financed by tax credits, including 37 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans.
By “leveraging” our taxes, we can build the support for things that we think are right for our society — like education and retirement security — to actually happen, creating a virtuous cycle in which we all benefit.
In short, from virtual learning, we can change the world!
Online College offers a blend of online and on-campus courses in liberal arts, Spanish, and economics.