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The Ax-Wielding Futurist Swinging for a Higher Ed Tech Revolution

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Bryan Alexander advocates on-demand tutors and online learning from his backwoods home baseRead full story

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  • One thing is clear: the higher ed bubble will burst and a revolution is coming. Whether Bryan Alexander is the man to lead it or predict it is an interesting question. But I think his ideas are very much on the right track.

  • Higher ed tech tends to suffer from a 'new wine in old bottles' problem - it patches and incrementally improves a system of almost incomprehensible age and momentum. It often tweaks or augments without transforming. Taking traditional classes online with electronic traditional textbooks is a prime example. In one sense it's hugely valuable for students with different learning styles, accessibility needs, and geographical settings. In another sense it could be obsolete before the first student enrolls

    Higher ed tech tends to suffer from a 'new wine in old bottles' problem - it patches and incrementally improves a system of almost incomprehensible age and momentum. It often tweaks or augments without transforming. Taking traditional classes online with electronic traditional textbooks is a prime example. In one sense it's hugely valuable for students with different learning styles, accessibility needs, and geographical settings. In another sense it could be obsolete before the first student enrolls.

    What could a higher education system look like if redesigned from the ground up, based on new capabilities instead of proven-but-creaking models with literally medieval foundations? I have great faith in higher ed, but more and more educators are realizing how much room there still is for innovation.

  • What a terrible article. All buzz words and no content. As per this guy’s proposals, it seems like it is all about the promise of technology of the future without any of the hard conversations about the institutions of the present. Universities, including UofM are increasingly being taken by corporate interest and loosing tenured professors to adjuncts also devalues the ethical and academic standards of these public institutions.

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