Reasons to fear the "uberization" of higher ed

August 15, 2016

“In higher education, we are increasingly facing the distinct possibility of a faceless future, teacherless courses, online everything,” writes David Theo Goldberg for Inside Higher Ed. In an essay outlining the dangers of “uberizing” higher education, Goldberg argues that the modern framing of universities as service providers is causing these institutions to privilege “in-time, on-demand vocational skilling for the task at hand rather than the capacity for deep thinking.” The author details how this basic shift is influencing staff, teachers, and students in different ways, concluding that the trend may continue until human interactions in higher ed are eliminated altogether. Inside Higher Ed