Exposing Australian university executives (VCs and Deans) completely misunderstand the world around them
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- It's not that they misunderestimate the world around them, they know it quite well. It's just that Australian universities are wedged, and they know it. Funding is so precarious, that there is no room for risks. One wrong choice can sink an institution. And that includes decisions like MOOCs that are painful in the short term, but may multiply benefits over time. Universities just can't absorb any hit to revenue.
It disappointments me that in all the conversations about education reform, we aren't ever talking about the education system under the most pressure - higher ed.
Small, regional universities are in an even more precarious state. As content is increasingly online, they lose their product, relevance and position within the community.
As they say, hate the game...Oct 2, 2012
- I agree Glen, and I should focus on the issue you identify.. ( how's this for example: http://www.leighblackall.com/2010/05/academic-capitalism.html )
But in the article linked in this G+ post, the writer outlines the response from ANU's VC, and subtly contrasts them with Andrew Norton's much better prepared response..Oct 3, 2012
- I remember reading something similar about 10 years ago, which spoke about universities becoming centres of marketing and advertising. I just can't remember what it was.
The debate about consequences from our values and actions is not new. That's just existentialist ethics, and it was espoused by Satre. The problem is, there is no discussion about higher ed in the public domain. We don't have any social contract or some such as a starting point.
I disagree with Andrew Norton's point though. MOOCs shouldn't be about marginal students in his sense. It should be marginal students that are interested in higher education, that need different forms of learning because of work, family, or locational circumstances.Oct 3, 2012