The future of online education

Posted on February 15th, 2014

Forbes recently published an interview with Richard Baraniuk, the founder and director of Connexions, a repository of open educational resources (OER) maintained by Rice University. In 2012, Connexions launched OpenStax College, a repository of peer-reviewed, professional grade open textbooks, which have been adopted by more than 400 institutions. According to Baraniuk, the biggest impacts of OER will be found in learning outcomes as OER becomes integrated with adaptive learning technologies that utilize machine learning algorithms. In Baraniuk’s vision of the future of education, “access to quality content and educational technology would be unfettered, the community would continuously improve and add to the knowledge base, and an ecosystem of products and services would provide an array of options and sustainability for the whole effort.”