We need to contain the cost of education by utilizing new tools to allow people to get the training they need to get a job. The good news is that we have the technology and tools to do this. The bad news is that the policies and infrastructure necessary to drive cost savings to students, like ubiquitous access to high-speed Internet access, are not in place.
Distance education is, by far, the fastest growing portion of higher education. It’s cheaper to deliver a course online than face-to-face. Students who participate using broadband place much less of a strain on an institution’s resources like light, heat, and parking lots. In addition, distance education courses typically do not have pre-scheduled lectures with required attendance. Instead, students rely on videos and other multimedia presentations. With content delivery available at the student’s discretion, students are freer to move through a course at their own pace, rather than a fixed course schedule.