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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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5 great slides about technology, learning, and change | @mcleod

5 great slides about technology, learning, and change | @mcleod | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Scott McLoed

 

"Here are five great slides that I found recently in the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Which one's your favorite?" 

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From recession's wake, education innovation blooms :: WRAL.com

From recession's wake, education innovation blooms :: WRAL.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Pope

 

"As with so many innovations — from the light bulb to the Internet — the technology is bubbling up mostly from the United States, fueled by American capital chasing profitable solutions to American problems. But as with those past innovations, the impact will be global. In this case, it may be even more consequential in developing countries, where mass higher education is new and the changes could be built into emerging systems."

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An interesting and wide-ranging overview of the current state of technology's impact on higher education. An even-handed view that supports technology, has a positive view of MOOCs, but sees that there is considerable worth in saving what works best in brick and mortar universities.

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MIT Media Lab, d.school Point the Way Toward Decentralized, Networked Learning | Mediashift | PBS

MIT Media Lab, d.school Point the Way Toward Decentralized, Networked Learning | Mediashift | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Aran Levasseur

 

TECHNOLOGY ISN’T ENOUGH

 

"In education, digital technology and 21st century learning have become quite fashionable. Schools that have the resources to integrate digital tools are eager to do so. But digital tools are only the beginning. They are intimations of greater changes to come. It will be the novel and creative ways that people interact using technology that will generate the innovation all sectors of our society are looking for. If flattening hierarchies and decentralizing control are previews of coming attractions, then what does that mean for education?

 

"Let’s start with the classroom. Flattening hierarchies and decentralizing control would increase autonomy and augment network interaction. A flattened hierarchy would transform the teacher from an omnipotent silo of knowledge to more of a designer, coach and guide. This would enable greater autonomy for students to pursue what intrinsically motivates them within an environment shaped by design thinking and under the guidance of a teacher. Greater network interaction would emphasize collaboration versus individual achievement. With an Internet connection via a smartphone, tablet or laptop, a learning network would be rooted in the local environment but limited only by one’s imagination. Integral to this structural shift is the collapse of departmental walls and cultivation of multidisciplinary thinking. This is not your father’s or mother’s school. But it is the kind of learning your can find at two of the world’s premier universities: MIT and Stanford."

Jim Lerman's insight:

A penetrating essay that traces the growth of human social organization through the impacts made by developing technologies, a view that i favor.

Well worth reading and thinking about.

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Finding the narrative: a key to leading a university

Finding the narrative: a key to leading a university | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What sets #university leaders apart from peers in business? Storytelling - @UniofAdelaide's Warren Bebbington http://t.co/iYJpxJhESq

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Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 2013 12:04 PM
Thanks for your comment Ken and glad you found the article useful!
Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:35 AM

Dean Lyons at Haas is another great exemplar!!

Karen Dietz's comment, February 26, 2013 6:53 PM
Thanks for the addition Christine!