What is the definition of a bachelor’s degree? At least in the United States, you receive a bachelor’s degree by completing 120 credit units with a passing grade point average. So what is the definition of a credit unit? One credit unit equals one hour each week in a room with an instructor, for a… Read More Re-imagining the College Degree
I just watched this fascinating 30-minute interview from June 2012, discussing potentially dramatic innovations in higher education. The on-stage interview was part of the Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” series, and the host was the Journal’s legendary technology columnist, Walt Mossberg. The two guests were knowledgeable, brilliant, and well-spoken: Salman Khan, creator of the… Read More The Future of College
The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published an article (Jan 8, 2012) wondering whether online “badges” pose a challenge to colleges and universities. Here’s the phenomenon: The spread of a seemingly playful alternative to traditional diplomas, inspired by Boy Scout achievement patches and video-game power-ups, suggests that the standard certification system no longer works… Read More Online “Badges”: Do They Threaten Colleges?