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UK universities 'face online threat'

UK universities 'face online threat' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, a report warns.

 

"Complacent" British universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, says a report into the future of higher education.

Sir Michael Barber, chief education adviser for Pearson, says online courses will be a "threat and opportunity" for the UK's universities.

This "avalanche" could see some middle-ranking universities closing, he says.

"There are too many universities doing the same thing," says Sir Michael.

The report, An Avalanche is Coming, argues that higher education faces an unpredictable global revolution, driven by the impact of the rise in online universities.

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Online Universities: Why They Still Don't Measure Up

Online Universities: Why They Still Don't Measure Up | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
"I hate to sound like a snob, but call me back when Harvard Business School offers an online MBA."

 

Academia is not like the business world, in which an online startup can trounce an established business by building in the cloud and delivering commodity goods with less overhead. Reputation and consistency matter when building trust in hard-to-quantify-results. Ironically, innovation, lower costs, inclusion and reduced barriers to entry can actually hurt the prestige of online schools. One of the key functions of a selective college is to do some pre-sorting of applicants: "if you got into Yale you must be smart." Giant online schools that accept pretty much everyone may be democratizing education, but they're not helping employers or anyone else separate out the best and the brightest.

Clive Hilton's insight:

While the article is overwhelmingly USA focussed, there are salient points in here that are worth reviewing.

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Google Drops Some Serious Aesthetic Knowledge on the Masses with “Art Talks”

Google Drops Some Serious Aesthetic Knowledge on the Masses with “Art Talks” | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

“Our aim with the Art Project and the Google Cultural Institute is to make culture more accessible to more people,” says Schwartz . “Art Talks are a great example of how technology can facilitate that--anyone with an Internet connection can get access to some of the most knowledgeable people in the art world.”

The first Art Talk will be held on March 6 with New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A second one is scheduled on March 20 with the National Gallery in London.

Clive Hilton's insight:

To anyone interested in art or art history, this has to be a wonderful opportunity and a fabulous resource. It's one of the things that Google does very well indeed. That said, (no surprise) you'll need to join Google+ to take part in the discussions. So I won't.

 

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