Fryer--a Harvard economist and MacArthur genius--doesn't care how we get underperforming students to do better. He just wants to find ways to test any education hypothesis as quickly as possible, until we find what works.
After helping to pioneer a selection of online courses at Stanford, the man behind the driverless car is leaving the ivory tower to do something potentially more groundbreaking: start a high-quality online university.
There are already a slew of forces at work trying to reinvent the text book with technology. Will Apple be able to push them all aside? Or will its announcement just serve to further confuse educators?
Whether it's via the administration, the professors, or the students, serious investments in edtech are coming to major universities. Which startups are going to be called upon to help make the transition?
Sure, there is great cloud-based education software available, but many schools lack either the hardware or the bandwidth to make them work. Hope comes in the form of some clever--and cheap--hardware innovations from around the world.
Taught by two Googlers and available on YouTube free of charge, the class might be the largest instance of group education in the world, and the students--even around the world--seem to be eating it up.