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The Economic Imperative for Teaching with Technology
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Innovative approaches to increasing classroom productivity are the best option for controlling the escalating costs of research universities. In 1997, management guru Peter Drucker predicted that in 30 years the big university campuses would be relics, driven out of existence by their inexorable increases in tuition and by competition from alternative education systems made possible by information technology (IT). Drucker overstates the case, but the nation's major research universities, both the publics and the private nonprofits, will have to make fundamental changes in the way they provide education if they are to thrive, rather than merely survive, in the coming decades.