The Impending Demise of the University

Don Tapscott, Edge, Jun 08, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you are known by the trends you start then David Wiley is very well known, as ever since his prediction of the demise of the university the meme has been making its way through the trend circuit. The latest instantiation is an article from Don Tapscott, who while he takes pains to remind the reader that he has been saying this "for fifteen years" is nonetheless restating the newer, and more extreme, prediction. Radical stuff. Though Tapscott, to be fair, is mostly providing advice on how this demise can be prevented. "If universities want to adapt the teaching techniques to their current audience, they should, as I've been saying for years, make significant changes to the pedagogy."
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