Yoda: Death of the University + RECAP

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Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Diary

Marina Warner

London Review of Books, 11 September 2014

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What is happening at Essex reflects on the one hand the general distortions required to turn a university into a for-profit business – one advantageous to administrators and punitive to teachers and scholars – and on the other reveals a particular, local interpretation of the national policy. The Senate and councils of a university like Essex, and most of the academics who are elected by colleagues to govern, have been caught unawares by their new masters, their methods and their assertion of power. Perhaps they/we are culpable of doziness. But there is a central contradiction in the government’s business model for higher education: you can’t inspire the citizenry, open their eyes and ears, achieve international standing, fill the intellectual granary of the country and replenish it, attract students from this country and beyond, keep up the reputation of the universities, expect your educators and scholars to be public citizens and serve on all kinds of bodies, if you pin them down to one-size-fits-all contracts, inflexible timetables, overflowing workloads, overcrowded classes.

Among the scores of novels I am reading for the Man Booker International are many Chinese novels, and the world of Chinese communist corporatism, as ferociously depicted by their authors, keeps reminding me of higher education here, where enforcers rush to carry out the latest orders from their chiefs in an ecstasy of obedience to ideological principles which they do not seem to have examined, let alone discussed with the people they order to follow them, whom they cashier when they won’t knuckle under.

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Sep 4

John Maguire: Edgar Morin WISE 2013 Special Address YouTube (18:04) 7 Complex Lessons for Education

Focus on error and illusion, need to deal with uncertainty. A great deal of error arises from reductionism.

See Also:

2013 WISE Prize Laureate: YouTube (4:34) Vicky Colbert of Colombia on The New School for the Silent Revolution

2011 Edgar Morin on YouTube (12:23): Edgar Morin: Seven Complex Lessons in Education

Review: Homeland Earth

Review: Seven Complex Lessons for the Future

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Aug 28

Jean Lievens: Learning and Education in the Networked Society

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Jean LievensIt took 100 years to connect 1 billion places and 25 years to connect 5 billion people. Today, 85 percent of the world’s population has access to mobile commun…

Twelve Slides

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Jul 13

Jean Lievens: WISE – Global Platform for Innovators in Education

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Jean LievensWISE: The Global Platform For Innovators In Education

Rahim Kanani

Forbes, 5 July 2013

“Many projects around the world provide solutions in local contexts.  It is our mission to showcase these achievements, and to bring committed but often isolated innovators, their ideas and creative solutions to the greater community,” explained Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of the World Innovation Summit of Education, which is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation. We talked about the evolution of the Summit, education innovation around the world, challenges to global progress, and why partnership and collaboration are critical to scaling solutions.

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Jul 10

Jean Lievens: Airbnb CEO on Sharing Economy – Starting with Education as a Global Traveling Experience

Jean LievensAirbnb does business in 34,000 cities, has a valuation of over 10 billion dollars, and in a very short time has disrupted the world of hospitality and travel. Its co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky envisions the future city as a place where sharing is front and center — where people become micro-entrepreneurs, the local mom and pops will flourish once again, where space isn’t wasted, but shared, and more of almost everything is produced, except waste. But the journey from here to there won’t be all smooth sailing. What are the ups and downs of the sharing economy, as businesses like Airbnb confront critiques about regulation, economic development, and fairness? What role might businesses play in creating more shareable, more livable cities? How will the sharing economy, with its de-emphasis on ownership, be a tool for addressing urban inequality?

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Jul 3

Nik Peachey: Elctrocity Urban Energy & Environmental Sustainability Game and Tool

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Nik Peachey

Great vocabulary rich educational game.

ElectroCity is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.

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May 20

John Taylor Gatto: On Education — Other Books and Excerpts

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John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto

Source Book: The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling

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May 20

Jean Lievens: Interview with Ricardo Semler Pioneer of Organizations of Free People

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

A full interview with Ricardo Semler by the Dutch TV-show Backlight. In our episode ‘The capital power of hapiness’ we made a portrait of this Brasilian business man. Here you can watch the full interview of one hour and a half. Mostly unedited, but divided in chapters.

This man is Semco’s business guru, and known for his development of leadership by omission.

Offers major insights into education as well as business — structures that focus on “managing” large groups of people, especially children, are not focusing on their core mission — creating value or teaching. A society’s “constraints” and blinders begin embedding at the age of two — that is the starting point for creating a Smart Nation of free spirits instead of sheep.

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May 17

Nik Peachey: Teaching 1 : 1 With Tablets

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Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey

This is my presentation from the workshop I did in Bristol on Teaching 1:1 with tablets.

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May 15

Daniel Villegas: Alternative Academic Credentials

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Danielle Villegas

Danielle Villegas

I found this article rather intriguing, as the student looked at both traditional and alternative methods of learning, and found that in some cases, alternative methods yielded the same or better results than traditional methods. As a former online grad student, I can tell you that it was a little difficult, even as recently as two years ago, to convince people that my MSPTC from a brick-and-mortar school taken entirely online was as stringent and comprehensive as if I went to classes in person.  I still see alternative education as a viable method, but as this student points out, since many alternative methods don’t issue a “degree”, some sort of standard needs to be agreed upon by those supplying the alternative methods of learning to be able to provide a credential or “legitimize” the coursework taken.

Senior thesis: Evaluating alternative academic credentials

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“Part of why people get an education is to learn,” he said. “But part of it is to improve their lives by earning a meaningful and valuable credential that can hopefully earn them a job.”

In his thesis, “Diplomas of the Future? The Role and Value of Innovative Academic Credentials,” Francis examined two forms of alternative educational credentials: MOOCs and occupational “bootcamps,” which are nine-week-long intensive programs that cost more than $10,000 and help software engineers develop necessary technical and programming skills.

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“Studies show that people learn similar amounts in an online class as they do in a lecture class, and my research found that people who graduate from developer bootcamps earn as much or more than the typical computer science graduate,” he said. “We know these alternative methods of education work.”

In addition to his research on the effectiveness of the programs, Francis interviewed recruiters and hiring managers from 20 high-tech Internet and software companies and learned what they value in a traditional college degree: selectivity, as someone else had already screened the candidate during the college admissions process; the on-campus experience that teaches interpersonal skills; and the broad intellectual foundation that teaches candidates how to think.

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See Also:

Education @ Phi Beta Iota

MOOC @ Phi Beta Iota

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May 13