Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete?

Career College Central summary:

  • Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of the price of a traditional, on-campus degree. Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCS, are also catching on in the U.S. and around the world.
  • In a society that conducts more and more work and play online, these online offerings seem to represent a natural progression of the higher education experience. Proponents point out that "college by Internet" is flexible and economical, and allows students to review material as needed. But skeptics are concerned that taking courses online is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside a classroom.
  • Two teams recently faced off on the motion, "More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete," in an Oxford-style debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. In these events, the team that sways the most people by the end of the debate is declared the winner.
  • Listen to the debate here.

NPR

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