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  • Very interesting presentation. I agree that there is a huge need to look at integration and there are other aspects beyond pedagogic and technical integration e.g. universities are large business entities invested in by their student customers and society/ government.
    I wondered why you didn't cite Snowden http://www.mendeley.com/research/a-leaders-framework-for-decision-making-a-leaders-framework-for-decision-making/#
    Emerging alternative models are part of the act, sense, respond cycle. Scott Wilson gives some interesting examples of these http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCAQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fzope.cetis.ac.uk%2Fmembers%2Fscott%2Fresources%2Fed_media.doc&rct=j&q=scott%20wilson%20institutional%20%20integration&ei=yTtfTrTrCo6w8QOl0PmmAw&usg=AFQjCNG8a7yEPwtgwImWMaE2LvlcjEVBRQ&sig2=rIf8AlLG0vNR6Sgly7zcjA&cad=rja
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  • http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1997/0310/5905122a_7.html
  • http://www.pimco.com/EN/Insights/Pages/School-Daze-School-Daze-Good-Old-Golden-Rule-Days.aspx
  • http://thielfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=21
  • http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Education-Is-Not-an/128790/
  • http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=416443&c=1
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5951/354.summary
  • A New Paradigm for Economic Growth, March 2010
  • http://pewsocialtrends.org/files/2011/08/online-learning.pdf

UNISA: South Africa Presentation Transcript

  • 1.  At the Threshold: Higher education, complexity, and change
    George Siemens
    September 1, 2011
    Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2. With thanks to fellowship via
    For thinking time
  • 3. First, a few thoughts on complexity and change
  • 4. Complex systems:
    “a set of diverse actors who dynamically interact with one another awash in a sea of feedbacks.”
    Miller and Page, 2007
  • 5. Complexity:
    “disturbing traits of mess, of the inextricable, or disorder, of ambiguity, or uncertainty”
    Morin, 2008
  • 6. Complicated systems:
    Reducible, every piece fits, cause-effect relationship
  • 7. Learning is a
    complex process(mainly because people are complex)
    Our institutions today (attempt to) manage it like it is
    complicated system.
  • 8. If it changes how information is created
    If it changes how information is shared
    If it changes how information is evaluated…
    If it changes how people connect
    If it changes how people communicate
    If it changes what people can do for themselves…
  • 9. Then it will change
    and learning
  • 10. Yeah, but then why has the education system been slow to change?
  • 11. JamilSalmi, 2009
  • 12. JamilSalmi, 2009
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16. Mixed messages
  • 17. “Thirty years from now the big university campuses will be relics. Universities won't survive. It's as large a change as when we first got the printed book.”
    Drucker, Forbes, 1997
  • 18. Students, however, can no longer assume that a four year degree will be the golden ticket to a good job in a global economy that cares little for their social networking skills and more about what their labor is worth on the global marketplace.
    Bill Gross, 2011
  • 19. 20 people under the age of 20.
    Drop out of school.
    Change the world.
  • 20.
  • 21. Higher education: the latest bubble?
  • 22. …and in the other corner
  • 23. 150.6 million higher education students globally. 53% increase from 2000.
    Altbach, Reisberg, Rumbley, 2009
  • 24. India.
    add 800 new universities by 2020
    June 9, 2011
  • 25. $20 Billion. Opened September 2009
  • 26. University as economic engines:
    In the economy of the future, the businesses that will have staying power, and growth potential, will be those most dependent on knowledge — on research, new ideas, new technologies, new processes, upgraded skills for their workers.
    Rockefeller Institute, 2010
  • 27. So?
  • 28. Universities won’t go away.But they won’t be like we know them today.
  • 29.
  • 30. Distance education represents an area of enormous potential for higher education systems around the world struggling to meet the needs of growing and changing student populations.
    The distance learning landscape has been transformed by ICTs, allowing for real growth in numbers and types of providers, curriculum developers, modes of delivery and pedagogical innovations.
    Altbach, Reisberg, Rumbley, 2009
  • 31.
  • 32. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48586092/KPCB-Top-10-Mobile-Trends
  • 33.
  • 34. The university has secured the option to borrow $7-million to help pay for the project and may spend $4-million to $7-million of that money over the next several years, he said.
    In order to repay what it borrows, Mr. Greenstein outlined a new plan to offer the online courses to people not enrolled at the University of California, as well as to undergraduates. Tuition from those students will pay the loan back, he said.”
  • 35. Everyone, every company, every cause, can/will have their own university
  • 36. Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment
    (he who integrates, rules.
    Really, I mean that)
  • 37. Change coming from the outside.Edtech entrepreneurs & startups.
  • 38. Other change drivers:
    Big Data
  • 39. Challenge for universities in advanced economies:
    Challenge for emerging economies:
    meeting existing demand
  • 40. What would education look like if we designed it today?
  • 41. It would look like the internet
    Derivative and iterative improvements
    Connected to amplify effects
  • 42. Or, a bit like this:
  • 43. 2008, 2009, 2011
  • 44. But we’re not the only ones.
  • 45.
  • 46. What is the technical ecosystem of open online learning?
  • 47.
  • 48. and the pedagogical model?
  • 49.
  • 50.
  • 51. change.mooc.ca
    Twitter: gsiemens
    Learning Analytics & Knowledge 2012: