The Physical Campus: On its way out?

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There’s lots of debate as to what the 21st century classroom will grow to look like, and Times Higher Education picks up another story suggesting that the physical campus will become a thing of the past, as students log in when/where they want:

The traditional university model is unlikely to survive the next 50 years because teaching, examinations and student social life will be offered separately on an “a la carte” basis, the British Council’s annual Going Global conference has heard.

Opening the event in London, Ben Wildavsky, senior scholar in research and policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas-based educational charity, said there was a trend towards the “unbundling” of the activities that universities traditionally have performed.

“The conventional combination of activities in a single physical campus – teaching, curriculum, socialisation and networking, credentialing, and in some cases research – is increasingly being questioned,” said Mr Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (2010).

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