‘The rise of the internet means that teaching students information that they can remember is "no longer critical" to the mission of universities, the co-founder of LinkedIn said.
Reid Hoffman told the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit, held at the University of California, Berkeley, that many of the facts that the graduates of the past would have needed to recall were now readily available via search engines.
The technology entrepreneur, who is now LinkedIn's executive chairman, said that higher education institutions should instead focus on teaching undergraduates how to discern truth among the mass of information available on the internet.
Mr Hoffman said that universities' other key role was to place students within networks that would allow them to develop skills and access opportunities over the course of their lives.
The "old industrial model" of learning skills at university and using them for the rest of your career was radically outdated, he argued.’ – Times Higher Education