This new concept of learning begs the question: If an educator does just stand and lecture or show videos, what is he or she doing that the student couldn’t go out and find on their own — and probably for a lot less than the price of an average college course? The value of a college education now comes in the classroom experience (debates, discussions, analysis, etc.), while the time outside the classroom is used to log on, tune in and absorb.
In his TEDxLSU talk “Teaching Naked,” Dr. Jose Bowen says "Thinking is more important. We’re not in the business of filling your head with content — because if we are, we’re going to lose because the internet can do it faster. We’re in the business of helping you sort through all of that stuff and really thinking.”4
Dr. Bowen goes on to ask “What is it that we’re going to provide that’s worth the money?”4
The product (an on-campus college education) must be infinitely better than the competition, which now consists of both online and alternative learning options, in order to make it worth its hefty price tag for students.