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Maria Popova in order for
us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross- pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles.
Interaction equivalency theorem “if any
one of student-student, student- teacher or student-content interaction is of a high quality, the other two can be reduced or even eliminated without impairing the learning experience” Anderson, 2003
“In recent experimental and quasi-
experimental studies contrasting blends of online and face-to-face instruction with conventional face-to-face classes, blended instruction has been more effective, providing a rationale for the effort required to design and implement blended approaches.” US Department of Education, 2010
Current reforms are allowing certain
individuals with neither scholarly nor practical expertise in education to exert significant influence over educational policy for communities and children other than their own.
Increasing diversity of student profiles
The U.S. is now in a position when less than half of students could be considered fulltime students. In other words, students who can attend campus five days a week nine-to-five, are now a minority. (Bates, 2013)
“Both student and teacher are
unhappy when chained to curricula and syllabi, to tests and mediocre standards. An atmosphere of uninspired and uninspiring common sense may well produce satisfactory mastery of technical “know how” and testable factual information. Such an atmosphere, however, stifles genuine understanding and the spirit of adventure in research.” Karl Jaspers, The Idea of the University 1959
What we are seeing is
the complexification of higher education Learning needs are complex, ongoing Simple singular narrative won’t suffice going forward The idea of the university is expanding and diversifying