Systemic Changes in Higher Education

George Siemens, Kathleen Matheos, in education, Jun 08, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens has been looking at change in education recently and with Kathleen Matheos presents the view that "A power shift is occurring in higher education, driven by two trends: (a) the increased freedom of learners to access, create, and re-create content; and (b) the opportunity for learners to interact with each other outside of a mediating agent." The paper goes well beyond this well-worn prediction, though, offering an examination of an altered information cycle, impact on governance and financing, and consideration of outreach and engagement (the latter two forming pillars in a proposed model of the university).
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