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It's the End of the University As We Know It


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It’s the End of the University As We Know It (and I feel fine)" was presented as an "Ignite" session at the 9th Annual NJEDge.Net conference (November 2012, New Jersey). It comes out of my ideas about how the next ten years will transform universities in ways that will be frightening for anyone hoping to hold onto the university model that has existed for almost 900 years. It is very likely that, powered by technology, movements such as open educational resources, MOOCs, big data, non-degree programs and alternatives to a traditional university degree will lead to the end of University 1.0. What will be the tipping point that brings about not only University 2.0 but also a broader School 2.0?

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It's the End of the University As We Know It

  1. 1. It’s the End of the University As We Know It (and I feel fine – but you might be scared) 1. Who Sets Curriculum 2. Big Data 3. Traditional Degrees 4. MOOCs 5. Funding 6. Open Everything
  2. 2. Who Sets the Curriculum
  3. 3. 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 & emergent trends such as student learning, enrollment, course success, lifestyle and tech use that is generated as students and staff conduct normal business.
  4. 4. Who is Not necessarily Always in classrooms On(line) or on campuses or for degrees 24/7 Learning
  5. 5. xMOOCs (Coursera, Edx) Formal (traditional) courseM assive (maybe) structure and flow and relationshipO pen (sort of) between teacher/learnerO nline (yep) Formal, structured teaching/content provision.C ourse (sort of) Learners expected to duplicate or master what they are taughtcMOOCs Changed relationship between teacher/learnerDistributed, chaotic, emergent.Learners expected to create, grow, expand domain and sharepersonal sense-making through artifact-creationCentralized discussion forum supportDistributed, often blog-based, learner-created forums andspaces
  6. 6. What about the personalcomputer, Internet, onlinelearning, and software and tools(open & commercial) that letstudents create & explore &collaborate & share?
  7. 7. 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…
  8. 8. CIOConstituent Group FundingStrategies
  9. 9. The end of replaced by ?certificates, badges, corporate endorsements, “just” a desire to simply learn, competency-based degrees
  10. 10. Competency-Based DegreesLumina and the Gates Foundation Northern Arizona University, is held a meeting with about 35 developing three competency-based institutions that either do bachelors degree programs, withcompetency now or want to try it. Pearson as a partner. Southern New Hampshire College has proposed a competency-based Associate degree program by seeking to directly assess students’ competencies rather than mapping them to credit hours. They have secured approval from their regional accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. “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
  13. 13. Open: source - software - textbooks - courses - learning OPEN
  14. 14. If you are not paying for the service, It’s free! then YOU are the service
  15. 15. Exaggerated warnings? • The “death” of the novel, theater, movies, broadcast television, newspapers, print, libraries, record/music sales, CDs, DVDs, software, computers • Going paperless • Tele-commuting • Face-to-face
  16. 16. Into the Future Getstudents Access:through traditionalfaster & college isget them for an eliteready to group work (again) Replace the first 2 Gaps years of college with an & online/hybrid or Divides high school Return initiative or Emerge
  17. 17. Can we put out the fire? Should we put out the fire?
  18. 18. THE IVORY TOWERKen