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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIË – Toen ik in de jaren 70 les gaf aan Stanford University, was ik altijd alert op manieren waarop technologie de manier van leren kon verbeteren. De grote innovatie in die tijd was dat mijn colleges werden uitgezonden in de San Francisco Bay Area. We stuurden zelfs videobanden van colleges naar gebieden verder weg.

Vandaag de dag nemen docenten hun colleges op en uploaden ze vervolgens. Dankzij het internet kunnen studenten waar ook ter wereld ze bekijken zo vaak ze willen. Het onderwijs, een van de laatste grote economische sectoren die nog niet getransformeerd is door het digitale tijdperk, staat aan het begin van een revolutie. En waarom zou het niet gedigitaliseerd moeten worden? Het web is de brandstof van de 21e eeuw en het zal studenten van alle leeftijden en uit elke uithoek van de globe naar een succesvolle toekomst lanceren.

Zo bieden MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) bijvoorbeeld goedkope, hoogkwalitatieve cursussen op hoger onderwijsniveau aan honderdduizenden mensen op het internet. Deze maken het makkelijker om wat dan ook te leren wanneer men maar wil. Ik zie in de toekomst dezelfde mogelijkheden voor het middelbaar en lager onderwijs.

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