The world’s leading universities will offer fully-accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, according to Coursera CEO Daphne Koller.
As reported by the BBC, Coursera is an online university network in the US.
Koller said the technology to offer degrees online is available, but universities were hesitant to implement the systems due to potential “reputation” issues with online degrees.
She said online degrees are more affordable and accessible than conventional studying, and Coursera currently services 20 million students worldwide.
Most of the online courses currently offered were certificates, not degrees, said Koller.
The next step universities need to take is to offer mainstream undergraduate courses online, with invigilated exams and full degrees, she said.
“I’m absolutely convinced that will happen. The societal need is there.”