Higher education won’t be “revolutionized” by online learning: Opinion

September 13, 2021
Higher education is about more than just the transfer of information to students, writes Nick Hillman. The author argues that at many points in history, such as the invention of moving pictures, compact cassettes, and videotapes, people have argued there would be a “revolution” in the traditional model of education. However, this revolution has never come. Even though some have predicted a revolution related to online learning, Hillman says that students are expressing an even stronger demand for in-person education. The author says that in the UK, students have submitted record applications for traditional courses, and seem to be more interested in studying in in-person settings. “[D]on’t bet your house just yet on the claims of all those educational futurologists,” writes Hillman. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)