Daphne Koller on Rapid Changes in Higher Education

Daphne Koller on Rapid Changes in Higher Education

August 31, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[ Silence ]>>I think online technology is about
to make a significant transformation into the way classes are
taught on college campuses. I think we’re starting to see a move away from
lecturing, especially large lecture classrooms, into a model where people encourage
their students to get the content in this much more interactive online
medium before they come to class. And then when they come to class, they
can really have the benefit of being in the same room as their instructor, having a meaningful dialogue,
doing creative problem solving. All those things that, really, we
can’t do in today’s college classrooms because we just don’t have the time. I think that it’s important
for every institution to think about what the value proposition that it
provides to its students is in this day and age when quality content is
about to become free and ubiquitous. So at that point, the value that
you provide cannot be about content. And it really shouldn’t just
be about accreditation, either. It should be about something
that’s more fundamental. And especially for an institution
like Dartmouth, that provides this type meaningful engagement
with the students already, I think leveraging on that strength and making sure
that when students come into class, this is really what they get, I think is
going to make Dartmouth stand out relative to many other institutions in
terms of what it can provide. Higher education is changing drastically. I don’t know that I can make predictions about
20 years from now because the change is just so rapid that I don’t know if I can possibly
predict but I would say that even in five or ten years, we’re going to go
into campuses and we’re not going to see nearly as many large lecture halls. What we’re going to see is
interactive spaces where students come in already having learned a lot of the content,
done a lot of the prep work and then they come into these spaces to engage with their
fellow students and with instructors and with teachers assistants to sort
of have a dialogue around the material. And I think as a consequence of that, we’ll
have students that are much better prepared for the kind of challenges that we face
in the 21st century economy where a lot of the work is moving up the value
chain and what you really need to have are critical thinking
skills, discussion skills and so on that we currently don’t
do as effective a job teaching. [ Silence ]