Recently I read this article, which gave me much food for thought, well beyond the topic of online education:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/u-lab-re ... _b_5669425
U-Lab: Prototyping the 21st-Century University
I am not sure that we really see societal transformation being emphasized by today's universities. In the 1960s,when I started my studies, this was already a goal of many, but, since, the evolution went away from that. But, at least, I see the "unity of research, teaching, and societal transformation" as a helpful vision.Historically, the classical university was based on the unity of research and teaching and served the purpose of conveying mostly theoretical knowledge. The modern university of the 20th century was based on the unity of research, teaching, and practice, and its emphasis shifted toward providing practical knowledge. What we currently witness can be seen as foreshadowing the next evolutionary stage based on the unity of research, teaching, and societal transformation, with transformation literacy at its core--that is, literacy in the personal, relational, and systemic foundations of leading profound innovation and change.
Alas, let's find an online approach to realize that vision.