Living and learning in the future and the different scenarios that could play out.
With apologies to Burt Bacharach and Hal David. My take on Make It Easy On Yourself, for when you're finding it difficult to get up in the morning.
Plus, eight tips on getting up gladly and waking up wonderfully.
So much of what you do can be measured. It's another opportunity for information overload...
"Although MOOCs are currently free, that will likely change in the future. Although MOOCs currently do not award credit, that will likely change in the future. Although the discussion about MOOCs has centred on colleges and universities, MOOCs are likely in the future to be used by organisations outside higher education, like the International Monetary Fund and the British Museum."
"It seems that university students make up their minds about a lecturer within a few minutes of the first lecture; first-day approval ratings are almost identical to end-of-term ratings. But don’t despair; just manipulate the relevant “tells”. Behave enthusiastically, use lots of gestures, modulate your voice and you will boost your scores."
I've written in the past about the way fees don't act as a deterrent to university: http://theuniversityblog.co.uk/2010/09/23/why-fees-dont-act-as-a-deterrent-to-uni/
So I enjoyed reading this:
"Because the demand isn’t for education, per se, it’s for what we believe education can provide: a secure, stable life. This narrative may not even be true, as Freddie DeBoer argues in a recent post, but we cling to it anyway because what choice do we have? If we instead believed that painting yourself purple from head to toe had the same effect, we’d all be walking around looking like Barney the dinosaur."
I wouldn't want to see conferences disappear, but I can certainly see that we've been able to move beyond them for a while now, to experience new ways of connecting, collaborating, and communicating. The time constraints are an issue when dealing with short-lived and 'of the moment' issues, although this has always been the case. Thankfully, we have access to tools that bridge any gaps that had been there. They should help add to what's possible in conferences, rather than render conferences obsolete.
From the post:
"Technology has moved collaboration from a way of learning that only happened in a limiting face-to-face setting, to one that takes place anywhere at anytime breaking down the previous borders of time and space. For educators not to take full advantage of this new-found ability is a missed opportunity."
"The students complained a lot – poor teaching, absent academics, out-of-date facilities. But they insisted they had a wonderful 'experience'. However, they gave themselves, not the university, most of the credit. Peer-experience, in other words, not corporate customer-care. That, I suspect, is a common view – and one that may reflect what universities should really be about, students building their own 'experiences' within the welcoming embrace of their institutions."
It seems that every day I hear at least voice saying that email is still a big deal on getting some sort of custom. Here's more research stating the case.
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Martin also has a chapter published in the recent Pearson book "Blue Skies", writing about contradiction and the future of higher education:
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