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Monday, May 18, 2020

Pandemic Disruptions of Education:

Had an idea that universities would change greatly.    Was struck by the prediction below.  My own was more process-systematic.  That Universities would be replaced by individual teachers, or groups of professors, empowered by technologies, connected in an Agora-like system.   The teachers would then vouch for the education transmitted.   This would probably work better for technical education.  Probably more efficient.  Would likely be expensive and exclusive as well.    Dissimilar than the below, but with similar results.

The Coming Disruption Scott Galloway predicts a handful of elite cyborg universities will soon monopolize higher education.    By James D. Walsh  in NYMag   via Walter Riker.

In 2017, Scott Galloway anticipated Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods a month before it was announced. Last year, he called WeWork on its “seriously loco” $47 billion valuation a month before the company’s IPO imploded. Now, Galloway, a Silicon Valley runaway who teaches marketing at NYU Stern School of Business, believes the pandemic has greased the wheels for big tech’s entrée into higher education. The post-pandemic future, he says,  will entail partnerships between the largest tech companies in the world and elite universities. MIT@Google. iStanford. HarvardxFacebook. According to Galloway, these partnerships will allow universities to expand enrollment dramatically by offering hybrid online-offline degrees, the affordability and value of which will seismically alter the landscape of higher education. Galloway, who also founded his own virtual classroom start-up, predicts hundreds, if not thousands, of brick-and-mortar universities will go out of business and those that remain will have student bodies composed primarily of the children of the one percent.    ... " 

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