iTunes University & Open Source Learning: Is College Obsolete?
Mark Pesce has written an in-depth essay exploring the future of education. He views the rise of open source learning exchanges such as iTunes University and online resource rating services like RateMyProfessors.com as cracks in the wall of the traditional education model. He says that there really is no need to rely on expensive universities for education, when the web makes it so easy for us to do it ourselves.
If we take the examples of RateMyProfessors.com and RateMyLectures.com and push them out a little bit, we can see the shape of things to come. Spearheaded by Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of which have placed their entire set of lectures online through iTunes University, these educational institutions assert that the lectures themselves aren’t the real reason students spend $50,000 a year to attend these schools; the lectures only have full value in context. This is true, but it discounts the possibility that some individuals or group of individuals might create their own context around the lectures. And this is where the future seems to be pointing.