It's time to transform undergraduate education

Pierre Zundel, Patrick Deane, University Affairs, Dec 06, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As university leaders prepare to meet on the topic of undergraduate education Pierre Zundel and Patrick Deane argue that "what is required is a radical re-conceptualizing of the teaching and learning process, where the goal becomes "helping students learn" rather than 'teaching.'" The simple expedient of meeting revenue pressures by cutting back services will no longer suffice. "We could craft processes of study better suited to the outcomes sought by students, more efficient and more encompassing in the deployment of resources, and less vulnerable to changes in our material circumstances." Right, and that's why I have been trying to describe the role of the educator in a student-centered digital world. But I notice in this University Affairs article that the authors still can't tear themselves out of the course and program paradigm. They have to try.
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