Among the 12 tech innovators honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Candace Thille at Carnegie Mellon University stands out for the real pact she is having on the higher education model. Her work is improving education quality by using technology to break down boundaries within and among institutions. Her big idea:
Treat higher education’s “cost disease” with team-built online courses used across institutions.
CMU has had the courage to not only ask whether the “big into class” is really necessary, but also invest serious $$ replacing these classes with self-directed digital courses…and then make them open to anyone.