In five years, self-motivated learners seeking a college degree will be learning online for free, said Bill Gates last week at the Techonomy conference. The “best lectures in the world” will be on the web, Gates predicted, saying a university education that costs $200,000 over four years could be delivered online for as little as $2,000.
College needs to be “place-based” only for parties, joked the Harvard drop-out.
Students will need a way to get credit for what they’ve learned, adds Geek.com. That should be doable.
Update: Gates doesn’t envision web-based K-12 education. Why not? asks Andrew Coulson.