Last week, MIT announced it would begin offering graded, online courses — for free. It's been heralded as a big step toward a new model of higher education, or, at least, an advanced option to offer alongside a conventional four-year degree.
As students grapple with the high costs of college, and universities work to cope with increasing demand, how can online learning play a bigger role in the landscape of higher education?
In this encore edition of Innovation Hub, we speak with Walter Lewin, the MIT professor who was on of the first there to break ground by making his lectures accessible via television and the Web, bringing his teaching to millions of people; the founder of an education hub that's entirely online; and the president of a Massachusetts college that has consistently pushed the envelope in finding new ways to teach — and fund — its students.
Peter Hopkins, co-founder, The Floating University