Experts believe that not only is the time of traditional, in-person, on-campus lectures over, a completely new era of higher education is emerging. They believe there will "be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources." We'll also see a significant shift toward "individualized, just-in-time learning approaches,"and hybrid classes that "combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings." When it comes to assessing learning, schools will take into account individual subject mastery, which means that "requirements for graduation will be significantly shifted to customized outcomes."
Given that so much of the college experience involves building relationships with professors and collaborating with other students, how a more technology-centered higher education system will still accomplish that remains to be seen. How this shift will be accomplished in the next seven-and-a-half years is also an outstanding question. But the experts surveyed believe that change is inevitable due to economic concerns over the cost of college, as well as student and parent demands.
August 14, 2012