The premises of this brief introduction to the future of higher education are excellent and very much to the point in this era of increasing tuition at conventional institutions, lower economic expectations in developed nations, the availability and quality of resources obtainable via the Internet, and trends toward DIY and seeking one's own path in society and self-fulfillment. This book is also well worth its modest price in terms of the valuable links to free resources it provides. Many of the issues it begins to explore on DIY education, and Open Resources are pursued in limited depth. For example, why did Britain's Open University fail in its U.S. Extension? What about Meetup's and Hackerspaces as in-person resources for self directed education?
The issues of self-directed Higher Education and Open Source Resources deserve a more in depth study in setting directions for US Policy and in personal exploration. However, because this book raises important issues and takes a fresh approach to higher education and lifelong learning, and because of the resources that it makes visible it is a worthy introduction to the issues of US and World Higher Education.
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