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2013: The Beginning of the End of the University


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This presentation looks at some of the issues and trends in technology that have emerged this year that some are saying will lead to the end of the traditional university and/or the traditional degree. Is 2013 the beginning of the end of the university, or the starting place for University 2.0?

This was a plenary session at Rutgers University's OIRT’s 2012 Technology in Learning Showcase on December 12, 2012, sponsored by the Office of Instructional and Research Technology.

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2013: The Beginning of the End of the University

  1. 1. 2013: The Beginning of the End of the University?Ken Ronkowitz
  2. 2. It’s the End of the University As We Know It Are you surprised?Who Sets the Curriculum?What do we do with Big Data?What is the value of a traditional degree?MOOCs?Where is the funding?Or will it all be open & free?
  3. 3. Who is Not necessarily Always in classrooms On(line) or on campuses or for degrees 24/7 Learning
  4. 4. Who Sets the Curriculum
  5. 5. Cognitive theory will make learning analyticssystems more relevant and effective.Students and instructors both benefit fromaccess to better information about the state oflearning.Analytics is here is to stay. Higher educationcannot ignore it. “Big Data is any data we don’t understand well enough to computerize.” (George Strawn) Big Data is fine-grained information about student experiences, university processes and emergent trends (student learning, enrollment, course success, lifestyle, tech use) that is generated as students and staff conduct normal business.
  6. 6. CIOConstituent Group FundingStrategies
  7. 7. X-MOOCs (Coursera, Edx) Formal (traditional) courseM assive (maybe) structure and flow and relationshipO pen (sort of) between teacher/learnerO nline (yep) Content also formal, structured teacher-provided.C ourse (sort of) Learners expected to duplicate or master what they are taughtC-MOOCs have a changed relationship betweenteacher/learnerDistributed, chaotic, emergent.Constructivist. Learners expected to create, grow, expanddomain and share personal sense-making through artifact-creationCentralized discussion, forum support and distributed learner-created forums and spaces
  8. 8. What about the personalcomputer, Internet, onlinelearning, and software and tools(open & commercial) that letstudents create & explore &collaborate & share?
  9. 9. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)• Just last FALL 2011 Two Stanford computer science faculty members started Coursera to offer classes with the help of universities• APRIL 2012 four universities signed on: Princeton, University of Michigan, Stanford and Penn State• JULY 2012 12 more universities signed agreements with Coursera to provide courses California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, UC San Francisco, University of Edinburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, University of Toronto, University of Virginia and University of Washington…
  10. 10. Open: source - software - textbooks - courses - learning OPEN
  11. 11. If you are not paying for the service, It’s free! then YOU are the service
  12. 12. The end of replaced by ?certificates, badges, corporate endorsements, “just” a desire to simply learn, competency-based degrees 
  13. 13. Lumina and the Gates Northern Arizona University, isFoundation held a meeting with developing three competency-about 35 institutions that either based bachelors degree programs,do competency now or want to with Pearson as a partner. Competency-Based Degrees try it.Southern New Hampshire College has proposed a competency-based Associate degree program by seeking to directly assessstudents’ competencies rather than mapping them to credit hours.They have secured approval from their regional accreditor, the NewEngland Association of Schools and Colleges Commission onInstitutions of Higher Education.
  14. 14. Goddard’s low-residency semester formatcomprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus,& 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. Goddard College invented the low-residency model in 1963 to meet the needs of adult studentswith professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences with relevance in real-world circumstances.
  15. 15. “During the next fifteen years, the way we educate our children, and how we think of education itself, will change in fundamental ways.” ~ Tim Brady, co-founder of Imagine K12, an incubator for tech companies focused on the K-12 market.Big Ideas for K-12 Schools include reconsidering somecurrent fundamental assumptions:o giving students gradeso partitioning them according to ageo proving competencyo high schools, and maybe even middle schools, will begin to operate less like factories and more like collegeso the ubiquity of high-technology will blur the distinction between being in and out of
  16. 16. Exaggerated warnings? • The “death” of the novel, theater, movies, broadcast television, newspapers, print, libraries, liberal arts, record/music sales, CDs, DVDs, software, computers • Going paperless • Tele-commuting • Face-to-face
  17. 17. Into the Future Getstudents Access:through traditionalfaster & college isget them for an eliteready to group work (again) Replacing the first Gaps 2 years of college with an & online/hybrid or Divides high school Return initiative or Emerge
  18. 18. Ken @ronkowitz