He who laughs last…

Patrick Masson, YouTube, May 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Overview of a presentation by the author and two colleagues on "The University as an Agile Organization (see presentation PDF here)" which showed "how the organization and operation of a college or university might be enabled–and benefit–through the principles behind the Agile Manifesto." There's a lot in common with my own thinking on the matter, and in particular, "a “university as a networked complex adaptive system is permeable (no formal admissions process); consists of voluntary and self-organizing associations of teachers and students [and] consists of a self-organizing and intellectually fluid curriculum." Remarks the author, "we (and Staley particularly) were ridiculed by our peers. Several folks poo-poo’ed our session in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s article, 'What if we ran Universities Like Wikipedia?'" To which I respond: get better peers.

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