The playbook for reimagining Higher Education

Patrick Brothers, Medium, Oct 28, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article tells us very little about this new initiative. Minerva is a startup 'university'. The "curriculum focuses on 'practical knowledge'. It "uses a novel technology platform to deliver small seminars in real time; and it offers a hybrid residential model where students live together, rotating through seven cities around the world (San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Taipei)." The post describes a just-launched book about the initiative, which is unfortunately not open access. But to me, the really interesting thing isn't in the article at all: the book is co-edited by Stephen M. Kosslyn, yes, that Stephen Kosslyn, the cognitive psychologist who wrote the book on mental imagery, and much more besides. So maybe there's something to this project after all.

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