Complex systems: “a set of diverse actors who dynamically interact with one another awash in a sea of feedbacks.” Miller and Page, 2007
Complexity: “disturbing traits of mess, of the inextricable, or disorder, of ambiguity, or uncertainty” Morin, 2008
Complicated systems: Reducible, every piece fits, cause-effect relationship
Learning is a complex process(mainly because people are complex) Our institutions today (attempt to) manage it like it is complicated system.
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…
Then it will change education, teaching, and learning
Yeah, but then why has the education system been slow to change?
“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
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
20 people under the age of 20. $100,000. Drop out of school. Change the world.
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
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
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.”
Everyone, every company, every cause, can/will have their own university
Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment (he who integrates, rules. Really, I mean that)
Change coming from the outside.Edtech entrepreneurs & startups.
Other change drivers: Cloud Big Data Mobiles Globalization Internationalization
Challenge for universities in advanced economies: sustainability Challenge for emerging economies: meeting existing demand
What would education look like if we designed it today?
It would look like the internet Open Accessible Distributed Scalable Social Networked Self-organizing Creativity-driven Derivative and iterative improvements Connected to amplify effects Adaptive Global Multimedia-based