For us writers, college teaching had been a source of immense satisfaction. As a tenured professor or an adjunct, we knew we were developing the next generation of communications pros and helping the stuck get going again. Also, it provided income, prestige and a network of contacts. That was then.
As Bloomberg reports, in the next 15 years, about 50% of America's 4,000 colleges and universities could disappear. The publication gets that number from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. The reason he fingers is, notes Bloomberg, "the growing acceptance of online learning." Here is that coverage.
Not only will fewer instructors be needed. To survive they will have to succeed in the performance art of transmitting themselves in online video. Part of that is having down cold how to keep the attention of the audience.
Baby Boomers and members of Generation X may be wondering: Will there be age bias? My hunch is that the medium favors youth. Sure a brandname expert like investment guru Warren Buffett would be welcome to teach an online seminar on the stock market. However, for many other current and future college professors, the simple fact of aging could become yet another career killer.