Higher Education in the Digital Age

Higher Education in the Digital Age Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of col

  • Title: Higher Education in the Digital Age
  • Author: William G. Bowen
  • ISBN: 9780691159300
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability In this short and incisive book, William G Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection of education and economicsTwo of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability In this short and incisive book, William G Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection of education and economics, explains why, despite his earlier skepticism, he now believes technology has the potential to help rein in costs without negatively affecting student learning As a former president of Princeton University, an economist, and author of many books on education, including the acclaimed bestseller The Shape of the River, Bowen speaks with unique expertise on the subject.Surveying the dizzying array of new technology based teaching and learning initiatives, including the highly publicized emergence of massive open online courses MOOCs , Bowen argues that such technologies could transform traditional higher education allowing it at last to curb rising costs by increasing productivity, while preserving quality and protecting core values But the challenges, which are organizational and philosophical as much as technological, are daunting They include providing hard evidence of whether online education is cost effective in various settings, rethinking the governance and decision making structures of higher education, and developing customizable technological platforms Yet, Bowen remains optimistic that the potential payoff is great.Based on the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered at Stanford University, the book includes responses from Stanford president John Hennessy, Harvard University psychologist Howard Gardner, Columbia University literature professor Andrew Delbanco, and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller.
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    • Bojan Tunguz says:

      Higher education, particularly in the US, is on the verge of a major structural change. There has been a lot of speculation in recent years about the ever-increasing cost of higher education, the mounting student college debt (which has surpassed one trillion dollars this year), and the growing uncertainty of the job prospects even for college graduates. Hardly a week goes by without another major story in the media about some disconcerting aspects of the higher educational ecosystem. Books and [...]

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      Fascinating miscellany of a book, _Higher Education in the Digital Age_ approaches the topic from a mix of angles. Anchoring it is a discussion of the Ithaka S&R report on the power of blended learning. We also read William Bowen's survey of issues in higher education economics, and short essay responses by a variety of leading thinkers and practitioners, including a scientist, a university president, one humanities researcher, and a leading light in the MOOC world.The combined set of topics [...]

    • Emily Dixon says:

      I liked this book because the whole time I was reading it I was arguing with and laughing at the author. Well written. Poor arguments.

    • H. says:

      Higher Education in the Digital Age (HEDA) is compiled from the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values. It features a couple essays by Bill Bowen, economist and former president of Princeton and responses from: John Hennessy, Stanford president; Howard Gardner, Harvard professor; Andrew Delbanco, Columbia professor; and Daphne Koller, cofounder of online learning provider Coursera.HEDA is the result of two great forces in higher education today—the explosion of costs and the rapid expansion of o [...]

    • Araminta Matthews says:

      I have some criticisms about the arguments presented here that I'll blog about later this month, but I'll remark on my disappointment that there wasn't more focus on digital education in general. The idea that web-based distance learning can serve as a cost-saving measure for higher education is presented with little evidence to substantiate it, particularly when so many other studies and examinations into the phenomenon describe distance education as taking more time (and thus more money) to de [...]

    • Tara Brabazon says:

      What a disappointment. I had such hopes for this book and it is rare for me to rate a monograph at this level. I always assume that there is an audience for any book, and I may not be it!This book suffers from its origins. It is based in a lecture and the responses to it. Therefore there is a solid core in the first section (the lecture), and then a catalogue of responses to it.While there is attention to the cost of higher education, online learning (in a reified form) is constructed (once more [...]

    • Pete says:

      Bowen's clarity of mind in dissecting fundamental issues at stake in contemporary debates about higher education is always worth reading. In this case, he provides a comprehensive if cursory overview of the major issues surrounding digital teaching and learning and higher ed, from MOOCs to the flipped classroom to cost-benefit analyses. The final part of the book, though, is the most interesting for anyone familiar with the above debates, as Bowen and several other well-known commentators share [...]

    • UChicagoLaw says:

      "My President at Princeton, Bill Bowen, shows up for the second year in a row on my list of the books I learned the most from over the past year. Bowen’s book, based upon his 2012 Tanner Lectures at Stanford, demonstrates once again that he is the most astute observer of higher education in the nation. His analysis of the potential of on-line education and MOOCs to bend the cost curve and help solve the 'cost disease' facing colleges and universities is balanced, intelligent and prescient." - [...]

    • Amanda says:

      This book does a great job exploring the path digital education is taking. It raises many good questions about cost, for-profit companies creating platforms, the politics behind bringing technology into the classroom as well as the lack of current data on the effects of technology in the classroom. While there are a lot of challenges to some of the current paradigms involving classroom technology, the are also solutions offers and debates being held that pertain to the design and implication of [...]

    • Jordan Weissmann says:

      A useful, brief collection of lectures tackling most of the pressing -- and still very unanswered -- questions about the role web tech will play in the future of higher ed. The book is actually a collection of lectures by Bowen, who's obviously a giant, and some other distinguished academics. More than anything, it leaves you with an appreciation of how both promising and uncertain the future of ed tech really is, despite the whatever David Brooks says about a Tsunami coming.

    • Jess says:

      Bowen does a great job of highlighting the field of higher education, and the challenges that budgets, access, and technology introduce. It is a high level look, but offers excellent resources for further reading.

    • Mills College Library says:

      378.17344 B7864 2014

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