The boring university lecture is going to be the first major casualty of the rise in online learning in higher education, says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
for GIBS, as is every academic, scholarly library resource – “Wikipedia itself is central to this changing landscape in which huge amounts of high-quality information are available free anywhere with an internet connection. The sheer scale of the information and the volume of its consumption has no parallel in history. Wikipedia’s latest internet traffic is running at more than 21 billion page impressions per month.
But he says it remains uncertain whether universities will be ready to change. “There’s a certain inertia in the system.”
Adapt or die – “The really interesting challenge for big-brand universities is whether they are going to move into that space. If we thought of universities as normal businesses we would say, ‘Will they be able to adapt to the PC revolution?’ It’s that kind of question. Will Harvard or MIT, Oxford or Cambridge, be able to adapt? Or will Microsoft come out of nowhere?” Ackn. BBC.co.uk / Jimmy Wales.
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