From now on universities can expect their funding
to be cut, not increased.They need to disrupt
themselves, or be disrupted, to survive.The years
ahead will be the worst of times for higher
eduction - but also the best.
MargaretWente: Globe & Mail, Feb 4, 2012
And that is where many university leaders agree: If
they are to weather the storm, they must face up to
their weaknesses and stop spending money on them.
James Bradshaw: Globe & Mail, Feb 4, 2012
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To be playful is not to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as
though nothing of consequence will happen. On the
contrary, when we are playful with each other we relate
as free persons, and the relationship is open to surprise;
everything that happens is of consequence. It is, in fact,
seriousness that closes itself to consequence, for
seriousness is a dread of the unpredictable outcome of
open possibility. To be serious is to press for a speciﬁed
conclusion.To be playful is to allow for possibility
whatever the cost to oneself.
“Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”
When MIT ﬁrst announced its Open Courseware
(OCW) initiative in October 2002, it shook the
business model of traditional higher education
institutions ... Fast-forward to October 2012: OERs
have failed to signiﬁcantly affect the day-to-day teaching
of the vast majority of higher education institutions.
Gerd Jortemeyer: Educause Review Online, Feb 26, 2013
Open tools and approaches are critical to the
ability of libraries to succeed in the next
decade.Whether open source to build local
expertise and capability, open data to share
ﬁndings and better society, open textbooks to
reduce the cost of education, or open labs to
reach out to the larger community - open will
deﬁne the 21st century library.