Bill Gates on Online Learning in 2010

Jim ShimabukuroBy Jim Shimabukuro

The following are excerpts from “Online Learning,” a section in “2010 Annual Letter from Bill Gates.” According to Gates, “The focus of this year’s letter is innovation and how it can make the difference between a bleak future and a bright one.” He says, “If we project what the world will be like 10 years from now without innovation in health, education, energy, or food, the picture is quite bleak. . . . In the United States, rising education costs will mean that fewer people will be able to get a great college education and the public K–12 system will still be doing a poor job for the underprivileged.”

1. Hybrid approach: “The Internet will surprise people in how it can improve things—especially in combination with face-to-face learning.”

2. Cost effective: “With the escalating costs of education, an advance here [online learning] would be very timely.” Continue reading