Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education

Posted on 2012/09/16


I really think that education is the silver bullet, and this TED talk shows the effort of the best universities to bring education to everyone thanks to the modern and affordable technologies that we have available right now. Online education is not a substitute for teachers and classrooms, but it can scale and complement the professors’ abilities and human limits, to make education more efficient and successful.

The problem with improving education is that we see the fruits of the effort in decades from the moment the change happened, and many governments tend to prioritize short-term goals disregarding long-term growth.

Daphne Koller: “To summarize, if we could offer a top quality education to everyone around the world for free, what would that do? Three things:

First it would establish education as a fundamental human right, where everyone around the world with ability and motivation could get the skills that they need to make a better life for themselves and families and their communities.

Second, it would enable lifelong learning. It’s a shame that for so many people learning stops when we finish high school or when we finish college. By having this amazing contents  available we would be able to learn something new every time we want, whether to expand our minds or to change our lives.

And finally, this would enable a way of innovation, because amazing talent can be found anywhere, maybe the next Albert Einstein or the next Steve Jobs is living somewhere in a remote village in Africa, and if we could offer that person education, they would be able to come up with the next big idea, and make the world a better place for all of us.”

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