I was reading a commentary in Forbes and realized that someday we may actually grant credits for learning off the internet and reading books for leisure that apply to workplace requirements. That may be a few years away yet with some recent grants there is hope on the horizon.
As written by Michael Horn, in Forbes, June 20, 2012…here is an excerpt.
“….In the postsecondary space, the Gates Foundation made a number of grants—both directly and through NGLC*—to intriguing ventures with the potential to improve education dramatically, including some of my disruptive favorites: start-up MyCollege Foundation, which will establish a non-profit college that blends adaptive online learning solutions with other services at a low cost; University of the People, the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally; New Charter University, a competency-based university that charges only $199 per month for students seeking a degree and for which NGLC will fund a research study of its online students and a comparative one of students enrolled in a blended-learning environment delivered through a partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia; Southern New Hampshire University, which under its President Paul LeBlanc has already created an autonomous online division and will now pioneer the “Pathways Project,” which will offer a self-paced and student-centric associates degree; and MIT, which will use the funds to create a free prototype computer science online course for edX.”
*NGLC: Next Generation Learning Challenges
As we continue to evolve when and how we learn it is exciting to know that accreditations for this learning is being pushed beyond the traditional chair and desk requirements.