This is a big move by one of the leading universities in the world and exemplifies the effect that crises can have in enforcing and driving through change in this case digital transformation. Behind the headline though, there is plenty of nuance, this does not mean the end of education at Cambridge.
This does not mean that students will not attend the University or the end of education.
The Cambridge University teaching model combines lectures with supervisions between in small groups of no more than four people. The intention is that this will continue and students will still be resident in the colleges who all act as independent entities responsible for the welfare of their own students.
This is not the end of education at Cambridge.
It is an organisation thinking radically about how it delivers value to its customers, in this case students, at a time when big thinking and big changes are required.
I remember Clay Christensen talking about disrupting Ivy League education in this talk. He made the point that,
“Harvard Business School… is getting disrupted by crummy low end on the job learning experiences like you are having right now.” Clay Christensen.
[We should use this as a testimonial!]