During a presentation at the Technonomy conference in San Francisco last week, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said online learning can shrink the cost of higher education by eroding the need for place-based instruction, The Hill reports. "College, except for the parties, needs to be less place-based," he said, adding that moving more learning activities online can bring down the soaring cost of a college degree. "Only technology can bring [college tuition] down, not just to $20,000, but to $2,000," he said, citing price tags as high as $50,000 for a year of college.  Gates predicted that technology soon could make...

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