Universities Must Rethink Crucial Teaching Plans
27 February 2009
Quite rightly most higher education institutions are in deep planning mode forced by the global financial crisis. This will also be a good time to take stock of the rapidly changing face of university teaching that Web 2.0 and social media technologies are forcing on us. This is aptly reported by Lev Govnik (CIO at Case Western Reserve University), a current guest blogger on the Wired Campus blog, in his predictions on how this technology will reshape academe:
Indeed, the whole learning process is changing thanks to the Internet. First professors posted syllabi online and used e-mail to supplement their office hours. Then learning activities like classroom presentations were supplemented by student-published Web pages, searchable discussion forums, and collaborative wikis. In a curve that has only been accelerating these past 20 years, we now have an educational economy of information abundance confronting an educational delivery system that was built for a time of information scarcity. Colleges have shared some of their best teaching using new systems like Apple’s iTunes U, OpenCourseWare, and explosive content-creation activities underway in countries like India and China.