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The idea of an “open source curriculum” has until now seemed entirely at odds with the political standardization and prescription of the curriculum. Are there any signs that curriculum will catch up with the decentered open source potential of digital media, and what are the political implications?
“Advances in technology should ... make us think about the broader school curriculum in a new way. In an open-source world, why should we accept that a curriculum is a single, static document? A statement of priorities frozen in time; a blunt instrument landing with a thunk on teachers' desks and updated only centrally and only infrequently? … We need to consider how we can take a wiki, collaborative approach to developing new curriculum materials; using technological platforms to their full advantage in creating something far more sophisticated than anything previously available.”
"After centuries as the pinnacle of higher education, could it be that the university is facing its end? Technology has allowed a brilliant Stanford academic to go out on his own, and run courses on the Internet. Is the university dying—and will anyone miss it? “The Stanford University professor who taught an online artificial intelligence course to more than 160,000 students has abandoned his tenured position to aim for an even bigger audience,” reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Sebastian Thrun, a professor of computer science at Stanford, revealed today that he has departed the institution to found Udacity, a start-up offering low-cost online classes.”
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Stanford Remakes Curriculum, Following Trend to Focus on Critical Thinking vs. Disciplinary Content By Dan Berrett
Stanford University is unveiling on Thursday a set of 55 recommendations to place a priority on teaching undergraduates a set of skills in addition to requiring them to take courses in specific disciplines.
Stanford's committee identified seven skill areas as important for students:
aesthetic and interpretive inquiry; social inquiry; scientific analysis; formal and quantitative reasoning (two courses in each); as well as one course in engaging difference, one in moral and ethical reasoning, and another in creative expression.