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The Algorithmic Future of Education

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The History of the Future of Education Technology

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An in-depth, thoughtful and thought provoking exploration of the implications of how we use educational technology, with or without our knowledge.

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An Unlikely Group Forms Unified Vision for the Future of Education

An Unlikely Group Forms Unified Vision for the Future of Education | Future Universities | Scoop.it
An unlikely group of education and business advocates wants to reimagine education as learner-centered, built from the ground up and ongoing beyond school walls.
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‘We have to go to a learner-centered system, where a learner is equipped to have their own agency to decide what their education is going to be like.’

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Insights

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Article: A quiet culture war in research libraries – and what it means for librarians, researchers and publishers

Via Karen Clarke
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"There is a growing rift between those who believe the library’s most fundamental purpose is to support and advance the goals of its host institution and those who believe the library’s most important role is as an agent of progress and reform in the larger world of scholarly communication." 


What is the purpose of a university library?

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Discussing the “Revolution in Higher Education” | Technology and Learning | Inside Higher Ed

Discussing the “Revolution in Higher Education” | Technology and Learning | Inside Higher Ed | Future Universities | Scoop.it

Rich DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education situates the discussion about new technologies and new methods squarely within our postsecondary productivity crisis. Any discussion of higher education should start with issues of costs, access and quality - and should be grounded in the structural challenges faced by colleges and universities.

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Book Review: Revolution in Higher Education. Any discussion of higher education should start with issues of costs, access and quality - and should be grounded in the structural challenges faced by colleges and universities. DeMillo, director of Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities, is well situated to analyze the important trends and major challenges that impact every aspect of U.S. higher education. Comment: I'd suggest that any discussion of higher education should start with a question about whether its purpose is clear and fit for purpose in the environment in which it operates.

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Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else.

Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else. | Future Universities | Scoop.it
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Reflections on the impact of technology in learning, and the impact on we humans. Poses five questions to help determine if proposed technology is relevant and useful. Key point is that technology needs to humanise rather than reduce people to algorithms.

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Cutting higher education enrollment and taking it seriously

Cutting higher education enrollment and taking it seriously | Future Universities | Scoop.it
A recent example of Quit Lit veers into unusual territory for that genre.  "I have one of the best jobs in academia. Here's why I'm walking away" begins by complaining about academia, then offers a...
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Wanted: New visions of the university - University World News

Wanted: New visions of the university - University World News | Future Universities | Scoop.it
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The point here is to IMAGINE the future university, rather than starting from what we have today and assuming a linear future.

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popenici

popenici | Future Universities | Scoop.it
- a space for critical analysis and discussions on the future of higher education
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The university of 2020: predicting the future of higher education

The university of 2020: predicting the future of higher education | Future Universities | Scoop.it
The future is a difficult thing to predict. Still, looking at the decisions being made today, our live chat panel posit on what the future might hold for higher education institutions
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Another conversation about perspectives on the future of universities and higher education - ignore the predicting word though since predicition can only ever equal wishful thinking!

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Are British universities really destined for long term decline?

Are British universities really destined for long term decline? | Future Universities | Scoop.it
Predictions of a UK collapse into mediocrity may be premature and missing the point, says Ferdinand von Prondzynski
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The future of universities is unknown, so this sort of conversation is important - we can shape that future if we have an open conversation today.

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1. [Turing tape] You need an idea notebook. 2....

1. [Turing tape] You need an idea notebook. 2.... | Future Universities | Scoop.it
“1. [Turing tape] You need an idea notebook. 2. [Open-minded] Do not aim to solve some specific problem. 3. [Proliferate and select] You may need 10 to 100 ideas before you find a good one.
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The Organization is Broken — Clay Parker Jones — Medium

The Organization is Broken — Clay Parker Jones — Medium | Future Universities | Scoop.it

"Organizations are our only hope. They’re also completely broken. Let’s not settle for boring, ineffective, inhumane working lives. Right? Right. Read on."

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There's been a lot written about what's wrong with today's organisation. This is a particularly useful analysis.


"All of this leads me to a conclusion. It’s not that organizations are broken. Organized people are the only option we have to get good things done. It’s just that the legacy organizations that we designed a century ago don’t make any sense in today’s world. Maximizing the old ways of working and organizing isn’t going to cut it. But before we start making changes, we’ll need to know what we’re optimizing for — what “good” looks like."

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The Messy Human Core of Reinventing Higher Education Institutions

When we align people and culture and values and talent with the work being done, we can transform higher education institutions.
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"People and culture make up a complex system that can lose its way, become dysfunctional, surrender integrity, or get distracted. Cultural maintenance is hard work indeed, and it never ends. But when we align people and culture and values and talent with the work being done, we can transform higher education institutions. In other words, people are not one important factor in success. They are the most critical factor."

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Universities and the trap of employability*

Universities and the trap of employability* | Future Universities | Scoop.it
With graduate employment at its lowest since records began in the 1980s, universities are trying to come up with ways to make their graduates more attractive to employers. One common way is involvi...
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“Despite higher education seeking industry solutions for graduate employability, it is harder than ever for graduates to find jobs. Rather than focusing on this employability, universities need to focus on producing well-rounded graduates who have experienced creative, imaginative and high-quality learning to ensure they are prepared for whatever life brings, not just one specific job, that is going to change by the time new students will graduate.”

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“Despite higher education seeking industry solutions for graduate employability, it is harder than ever for graduates to find jobs. Rather than focusing on this employability, universities need to focus on producing well-rounded graduates who have experienced creative, imaginative and high-quality learning to ensure they are prepared for whatever life brings, not just one specific job, that is going to change by the time new students will graduate.”

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The science of organizational transformations | McKinsey & Company

The science of organizational transformations | McKinsey & Company | Future Universities | Scoop.it
New survey results find that the most effective transformation initiatives draw upon four key actions to change mind-sets and behaviors. A McKinsey & Company article.
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"When making large-scale organizational changes, the design of a transformation’s initiatives is not a matter of guesswork. Rather, the results from a new McKinsey Global Survey on the topic1 suggest that companies that design their initiatives to support desired shifts in mind-sets and behaviors see the most successful transformations.2"  

 

If you know anything about integral theory, then this is a 'duh' moment. You can't change anything in the external, physical organisation without changing mind-sets, behaviours and cultures to the same degree.

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Meet the Crowdfunded Professor

Meet the Crowdfunded Professor | Future Universities | Scoop.it
Free for 24 hours. The future of online education could involve a growing number of entrepreneurial academics who think beyond bricks and mortar.
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Our views of expertise, how we access it and how we pay for it might be changing.

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4-year degree at 2-year prices urged

4-year degree at 2-year prices urged | Future Universities | Scoop.it

Community college students could complete their four-year university degree at two-year college prices under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. ...

 

The proposal was included in systemwide operating budget recommendations for the 2014-16 biennium that total about $381.4 million in new spending from the state’s general fund.

In its capital outlay budget, SCHEV is recommending more than $98.1 million for maintaining facilities rather than building new ones.

 

While there “may be isolated projects that really need to go forward, which we understand,” the first priority should be maintenance, SCHEV Director Peter Blake said.


Via Jennifer Thompson
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The shape of university programs is shifting...slowly, but shifting.

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The Imperfect University: what do we know about HE leadership?

The Imperfect University: what do we know about HE leadership? | Future Universities | Scoop.it
What do we know about leadership in higher education?   Not a lot, seems to be the answer. I’ve written a bit before in the Imperfect University series about leadership in universities. There is a ...

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Facinating observations

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Times Higher Education - Professors feel stitched up over stressful career list

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The Siege of Academe

The Siege of Academe | Future Universities | Scoop.it
For years, Silicon Valley has failed to breach the walls of higher education with disruptive technology. But the tide of battle is changing. A report from the front lines.
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Coursera, or Socrates was not a Content Provider: The University of Toronto and Coursera Agreement | Academic Matters

Coursera, or Socrates was not a Content Provider: The University of Toronto and Coursera Agreement | Academic Matters | Future Universities | Scoop.it
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A detailed review of how Coursera operates, with an analysis of its terms and conditions. 

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Learning with 'e's: Five things

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The five things universities must do: use technology better, support academics, teachers need to engage with new technologies, and they will then gain confidence in using them, and finally, do more research on new technologies and their application.

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Does a dean have any say in the running of a university?

Does a dean have any say in the running of a university? | Future Universities | Scoop.it
Jonathan Wolff thought once he was made a dean, he would be able to improve the way universities are run. Ha!
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The management of universiites in the future is my PhD topic - particularly understanding the experience of those who do the managing today. This is one such personal experience.

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