Shelly Palmer Radio Report - March 7, 2013

Higher education is in for a radical change. A new program will offer lower level online courses for students at San Jose State University for only $150. The program is run by a company called Udacity, which hires its own online mentors to run the courses, which will predominantly feature instructional videos and web-based quizzes.  The program is aimed at students who have trouble meeting basic college requirements and will offer algebra and statistics courses to 300 students at a time. Students from San Jose State and nearby high schools and community colleges will be eligible to sign up. We’ve seen technology in the classroom, as teachers use iPads and cell phones to help with their lessons. But this is one of the first times technology has replaced State teachers, rather than help them. What this means for the future of education is anyone’s guess, but we’ve officially entered a new era: one dominated by computers and robots. Our world is more connected than ever before.