The new education wave of the future
"In 30 years, the universities of America, as we have
traditionally known them, will be barren wastelands."
That prediction, by noted management thinker Peter Drucker,
is one of many startling predictions covered by Gordon Dryden and
Dr. Jeannette Vos in their top-selling book, The Learning Revolution.
But authors Dryden and Vos in a news-update on this website,
they suggest Drucker is
conservative. "Thirty years?" they question. "How
And that update shows how Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Duke
and Wharton Universities in the United States, and the London School
of Economics in Britain are racing to get some of their top
management courses on line.
Predictions are that by 2004 more than 100 million Americans
will be taking part in adult education programs, many of them
combining distance learning with shorter on-site courses.
Chapter 14 in The Learning Revolution details many of
the ways in which interactive information technology will transform
distance education – through the Internet and through two-way
Dryden and Vos forecast that within the next few years
students around the world will have instant access to the world's
best teachers, through an extensive variety of sources: the
Internet, satellite, digital video discs, two-way conferencing,
CD-ROMs and multimedia interactive study.
They cite the convergence of satellite television and the
Internet as the next big distance-learning breakthrough in
developing countries. See: China-led model; for
And in the chapter on Tomorrow's Business World, they
outline a wide variety of specific interactive learning
"tools" that are already available.
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