by Niraj Chokshi
" National Journal" New Knowledge Economy policy summit.
"The shift toward measuring achievement and competency rather than what's being taught will enable institutions to more flexibly teach students with different needs and backgrounds, Robert Shireman, executive director at the higher-education think tank California Competes, and other experts said.
"The first two years of a four-year college experience could be very different than they are now. During those early years, students might rely more heavily on online instruction outside of class, while doing more work on teams in class. Faculty could serve as educational coaches rather than instructors, and classwork could be more heavily combined with internships or service-learning experiences.
"What we can do is try to do a much better job of using these new technological tools that we have ... to have a combination of human touch and a technological learning environment that is again much better than what people are getting," said Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation."