Here is a great summary by Debbie Morrison of the recent MOOC Current/Future State of Higher Education (CHFE12). She presents some excellent points to think about for all forms of educational outreach programs.
Originally posted on online learning insights:
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
A change of thinking is almost obligatory when considering the future of Higher Education. Last week was the final week of the MOOC Current/Future State of Higher Education (CHFE12); its overarching objective was to explore the influences and pressures facing universities today and to identify where higher education is headed. Numerous esteemed educators [including author and Georgia Tech's Richard Demillo and Vice Provost Joel Hartman of University of Central Florida] shared their knowledge, expertise, research, and in some cases predictions via webinars, to shed light on the conundrums within higher ed. The results are surprising, encouraging and telling of what educators need to do to adapt and be prepared.
In this post I’ll share my synopsis of the course by focusing on three areas of change. My aim is to share with readers the areas that will be most helpful and maybe even instructive in how-to adapt thinking and/or teaching. The three areas are: 1) the drivers of change in higher education, 2) change in pedagogical methods based upon progressive educators, and, 3) changes in educational models that are on the horizon for higher education. The latter point, is my prediction of where higher education is going based upon research and findings during this MOOC. I’ve also included a list of resources at the end of this post, links to the recorded webinars and resources available from CHFE12.