Miles Grimshaw didn't get in to the most popular course at Yale this Fall. The course, Great Big Ideas, features the best experts, scholars and professionals the world has to offer. Despite not getting a seat, Grimshaw provided perhaps the most cogent analysis of the course's impact on higher education. Grimshaw described in a blog post how The Floating University, a new educational media venture offering online multimedia curricula at Harvard, Yale and Bard, is "both a disruptive and sustaining" innovation.
Big Think co-founder and President Peter Hopkins expanded on this point at a recent TEDxGotham conference in New York City. Hopkins said The Floating University -- a joint venture between Big Think and The Jack Parker Corporation -- has the dual aim to change the academy "from the outside," and also "move the bar forward from the inside."