A Future Scenario for Higher Education, DIY U
14 April 2010 2 Comments
With a great title ‘DIY U, Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education’ Anya Kamenetz’s book portrays a possible future scenario for higher education. When Keith Hampson interviewed Anya one of her answers about education unbundling was:
Institutions will be compelled to specialize and focus on what they do best, to pool resources and avoid duplication. No more trying to be all things to all people. The traditional roles of faculty have been under threat for awhile as underpaid adjuncts and graduate students increasingly fill classroom hours. Some faculty are seizing on new technological tools as ways to improve their teaching and also save time, while others are acting entrepreneurially to combine research with real work experience for students. Some new institutions are hiring more faculty who are teaching specialists, while others like Western Governors’ University have fully “unbundled” the role of the faculty into separate cadres of mentors, curricular specialists, and assessment specialists.
For students, the future is exciting because it means more choices, but also more responsibility. Smart students will try to assemble a learning experience that is specialized, affordable and accessible by combining online, open resources, experiential learning and conventional classroom time.
For me this neatly sums up the education 2.0 transformation (reformation?) that all higher ed institutions need to take into account. I put myself in the category of exploiting technological tools to improve my teaching with a hint of edupreneur researching social media tools as examples of ‘real work’ for my own information technology students. They, after all, will be writing the social media tools of the future.