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ESF's Digital Future?

An open forum on the future of online education at ESF.

Scott Turner

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of ESF's Digital Future?

Lots of confusion out there
Hybrid classrooms?
Flipped classrooms?
Khan Academy?
University of Phoenix et al.?
Online education is coming
Large market forces
Burdensome student debt
Escalating tuition
Cheaper, faster and broader communications networks
Increasing competitiveness in the higher education market
Greater student mobility
Challenges from educational entrepreneurs
Declining state support
Pressure on government discretionary spending
Large challenges
Maintenance of quality education?
Alienation of professor from student?
Impersonalization of education?
Professional security?
Intellectual property?
Academic freedom?
Faculty autonomy?
Institutional viability?

Large opportunities
Liberation from "brick-and-mortar" constraints
More effective use of time and talent
Creative approaches to curriculum
Truly cooperative education
International outreach
Branding, branding, branding

Online education promises to be a game-changer
This is not distance-learning
There is a shakeout coming
Institutions that survive will be those that master education in this new world
Institutions that sustain excellence will be those that are
willing to grasp the future and ...
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner. . .
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that ... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”
How shall
we prepare?
Over to you ...
Top down?
Or bottom up?
But how, precisely?
Risk taking
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