New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens, elearnspace, Jun 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is George Siemens's latest new project. "The project, University Networks, involves working with a small number of universities, or specific faculties and departments, that are committed to rethinking and redesigning how they operate. My goal is to bring on 30 universities and over a period of 4 years, rethink and redesign university operations to align with the modern information and knowledge ecosystem." OK. But he writes, "They need to start with a basic question: If we were to create a model of higher education today that serves the needs of learners and society, what would it look like given our networked and technologically infused society?" I think the question needs to be even more basic: If we were to create a model of higher education today, who or what would it serve? Because I don’t see learners and society ranking high on the list most academics would write. Image: Pomona College.
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