A Way Forward for the University in a Digital Age

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Originally presented at the 2014 ACPA and NASPA National Conventions, this presentation provides an overview of the current environment in higher education and the disruptive force of technology. Opportunities for higher education are presented.

Brown, P. G. (2014, March). A Way Forward for the University in a Digital Age. Presentation at the Annual Convention of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Baltimore, MD.

Brown, P. G. (2014, April). University in the New Millennium: Threats, Opportunities and Change. Presentation at the Annual Convention of ACPA - College Student Educators International, Indianapolis, IN.

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A Way Forward for the University in a Digital Age

  1. FORWARD A way for the University in a Digital Age @paulgordonbrown
  2. What’s going on in American Higher Education ?
  3. COLLEGE COSTS INCREASING DIVERSITY QUESTIONS OFQUALITY
  4. SHRINKING! RESOURCESHIGHER! COSTS
  5. PUBLIC GOOD PRIVATE GOOD A struggle between viewing Higher Education as a… OR
  6. Trends in! Higher Education Online Movements
  7. Trends in! Higher Education Online Movements
  8. 1. Globalization 2. Massification 3. Marketization
  9. Globalization of Research http://olihb.com/2011/01/23/map-of-scientific-collaboration-between-researchers/
  10. Expansion of Branch Campuses https://globalhighered.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/visualizing-the-globalization-of-higher-education-and-research/
  11. 1. Globalization 2. Massification 3. Marketization
  12. MASSIFICATION 25%! ! ! ! ! >60%! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! <5% ELITE MASS UNIVERSALStudents participating in increasing numbers
  13. Reaching towards massification globally…
  14. ~5% ~10%! ! ~20%! ! ! ! ! ~25%! ! ! ! ! ! ! College Enrollment Growth Rates in China 1995 2000 2005 2010
  15. 1. Globalization 2. Massification 3. Marketization
  16. Higher Education seen as a Commodity to be traded across borders
  17. General Agreement on Trade in Services
  18. Trends in! Higher Education Online Movements
  19. Trends in Higher Education Online Movements
  20. 1. PLEs/PLNs 2. OER/OCW 3. MOOCs
  21. Personal Learning Network Environment OR
  22. http://cmlampeh800.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/my-ple-17-july-20111.png
  23. http://connectedlearning.tv/infographic
  24. 1. PLEs/PLNs 2. OER/OCW 3. MOOCs
  25. Open Course WareOR
  26. Open Educational Resources
  27. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/ocw-tt1128.html
  28. http://blog.groopt.com/opencourseware-changing-the-face-of-higher-education
  29. 1. PLEs/PLNs 2. OER/OCW 3. MOOCs
  30. Massive Open Online Course
  31. http://www.gilfuseducationgroup.com/mooc-course-list-3
  32. https://chronicle.com/article/The-Major-Players-in-the-MOOC/138817/ Major players in the space
  33. https://chronicle.com/article/The-Major-Players-in-the-MOOC/138817/
  34. Trends in! Higher Education Online Movements
  35. Dave Cormier George Siemens Stephen Downes
  36. DIY higher education
  37. UNBundling higher education
  38. Universities must change the way they operate to survive and remain relevant.
  39. This argument rests on premises2
  40. Premise! 1
  41. web 2.0 represent a REVOLUTION (a tipping point for radical organizational change) social media &
  42. Premise! 2
  43. Universities are inherently MODERNIST institutions and are ill-equipped to respond to this revolution.
  44. Universities must change the way they operate to survive and remain relevant. Social media and Web 2.0 technologies have pushed us to a tipping point for massive organizational change. Universities are ill-equipped and at an organizational disadvantage to respond to this change. 1 2 THEREFORE
  45. In explaining this I’d like to use 3metaphors have for what universities lost
  46. WE’VE LOST THE SHELF BLACKBOARD BULLETIN BOARD
  47. The Shelf
  48. books used to be tied up in Knowledge
  49. and the university was the sole provider and keeper of this knowledge
  50. Going digital changed this. ! The Web changed this.
  51. 1996
  52. Yahoo, faced with the possibility that they could organize things with no physical constraints, added the shelf back. - Clay Shirky
  53. 2013
  54. We no longer need a curator. We can search for anything and everything.
  55. The university lost control of The Shelf Being the exclusive source for knowledge
  56. WE’VE LOST THE SHELF BLACKBOARD BULLETIN BOARD
  57. The Bulletin Board
  58. Previously, the university could control communication through the limited means available. It was a funnel...
  59. it could control its message.
  60. In the digital age! this control is no longer possible.
  61. Communication methods are ubiquitous and ever-present. Social media has exploded.!
  62. SIGNAL to NOISE There is a higher
  63. The university lost control of The Bulletin Board The ability to communicate to a captive audience
  64. WE’VE LOST THE SHELF BLACKBOARD BULLETIN BOARD
  65. The Blackboard
  66. With the blackboard... The learning is up here!
  67. Lectures are common
  68. Structures divide the student and the teacher
  69. Social media breaks down these barriers
  70. Diverse learners and! diverse learning styles are welcome...! and celebrated
  71. learning becomes a co-constructed experience.
  72. The university lost control of The Blackboard The ability to rely on old methods of instruction and ignore multiple learning styles.
  73. WE’VE LOST THE SHELF BLACKBOARD BULLETIN BOARD
  74. So what is the way forward! for the university?
  75. technology may be part of the solution,! but not the whole of the solution…
  76. what can be replicated easily…! and what cannot…
  77. http://edumorphology.com/2013/12/unbundling-higher-education-a-doubly-updated-framework/
  78. Easiesttoreplicateonline:
  79. Hardertoreplicateonline:
  80. Harder-ertoreplicateonline:
  81. Hardesttoreplicateonline:
  82. I believe in order to remain relevant universities must...
  83. Double down on student development
  84. HOLISM Focus on
  85. GROWTH personal and cognitive A seamless blend of
  86. Measurable Clear Competencies
  87. faculty and student affairs collaborations requiring
  88. Dr. Marcia Baxter-Magolda guided internships...! immersive study abroad experiences...! living learning communities...! service learning...! co-constructed creating learning partnerships
  89. AFRAID Don’t be of technology
  90. ? So whatdo we do
  91. @paulgordonbrown

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