FOTE09 - Dougald Hine: Unbundling the University

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Dougald Hine's talk at ULCC's Future of Technology in Education conference on October 2nd, 2009

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FOTE09 - Dougald Hine: Unbundling the University

  1. 1. Unbundling the University? Dougald Hine http://dougald.co.uk http://schoolofeverything.com
  2. 2. “… like sitting with a group of record industry executives in 1999”
  3. 3. How might the relationship between education & technology play out over the next decade?
  4. 4. University as a bundle Are we in for a radical un bundling?
  5. 5. We should be able to distinguish the future of educational institutions from the future of the social good(s) to which ‘education’ refers…
  6. 6. The spread of technologies is driven, in the end, not by what we can do, but what we want to do…
  7. 7. Thinking about how technologies spread through society WARNING: This model may seriously damage your judgement Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation Curve & Moore’s ‘Crossing the Chasm’
  8. 8. New technologies lead to social change when they are able to channel existing dissatisfactions and unmet desires… … beyond the desires of those of us who like new technologies. Especially when existing ways of doing things are under pressure.
  9. 9. MzTEK at Space Studios, Hackney www.mztek.org Dissatisfaction with facilities & value for money on Media Arts MA courses
  10. 10. Pippa Buchanan, DIY Masters “ My DIY Masters is focused on representations of friendship, the German language, media art techniques and increasingly upon the topic of self-organised education. “ I’ve had to think about how to access teachers, mentors and fellow students, where to get funding and accreditation from.” www.battlecat.net
  11. 11. “ After some private maths lessons which I found via School of Everything, I'm signing up for an eight month course costing me £630. This is after a great deal of energy spent trying to work out a path forward for my PhD: talking to supervisors, going on university-provided courses, sending emails to two economics departments' PhD students, offering money for help!”
  12. 12. www.thesmartworkcompany.com
  13. 13. AlterFutures Meetup Group
  14. 14. Social media: scaling up and scaling down
  15. 15. Qualifications & Accreditation? <ul><li>Rethinking qualifications… </li></ul><ul><li>Portable evidence of achievements and reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Role of genealogies & recommendations? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Facilities & Equipment <ul><li>Challenge for universities to keep up to date in facilities & curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Workplaces used at only 10% of their capacity (over 24hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Progressive austerity” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(David Jennings, alchemi.co.uk) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What might unbundled universities look like? “ Technology undermined certain business models that sustained the music industry, but the threat was not to music itself, only to the way that current business models worked. New ways of creating and finding music had been made possible.” http://dougald.co.uk http://schoolofeverything.com

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