At the moment, the in-person college experience is superior to taking classes online. Today, online teaching is mostly simple videos of people talking and pointing at things. But that advantage of in-person college over online classes won’t last forever. The in-person experience will stay largely as it is, but online lessons will evolve indefinitely toward better techniques, more content, and more scientifically-proven methods. Best practices will propagate quickly online.
Only three things are missing to make this vision of universal free online college a reality:
1. You need an open online platform on which anyone can post a lesson plan, and anyone else can use it or improve it.
2. You need a law that says copyrights are suspended for the online education platform (only), so anyone can copy and improve the work that came before.