Uberisation of education

Thanks Tim, you write a great thought provoking article here.

You write about a pattern of impending changes and shifts. I read it with Esko Kilpi’s article on network effect. The two articles call for a radical shift in the way we think about the world. Some of these are already happening.

Take education for that matter (perhaps the most controversial area of discussion). The rise of massive open online courses (MOOC) is a case in point. What happens when universities negotiate with individual or consortia of MOOC providers? Apply the same framework of a common core governing decentralised network to provide “service”. MOOC network will provide education as a service. The universities provide the outcome (degree). What happens to the student experience of the campus life? (what happens to the “being driven” experience in Uber?)

The shift is uncomfortable, and will call for restructure. Restructure of our ways of thinking about the world. It is sure an exciting transition phase in human civilisation! As they say in China, may we live in interesting times!

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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