Is the world of education flat?

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Assuming our world especially the world of technology continues to flatten, what does it mean for us, individually and institutionally?

I believe we need to have a global and a growth mindset. A global mindset to equip us to be able to collaborate with people beyond cultural boundary. A growth mindset to upscale skillsets in order to stay relevant.

The world of learning and teaching respond rapidly to our fast changing reality, in both formal and informal learning space.

student packingFor students – According to OECD’s white paper ‘Education at a Glance 2012’, ‘the number of international (tertiary-level) students has increased fivefold from 0.8 million worldwide in 1975 to 4.1 million in 2010…Since 2000, the number of foreign tertiary students enrolled worldwide has increased by 99%, for an average annual growth rate of 7.1%.’

 

world mapFor teaching – New business models emerged with a groundbreaking example of Minerva School. The university allows students to live and learn in seven of the world’s cities during four years of study in accredited residential program. The first batch of its students come from different continents. (read commentary ‘Is Minerva University redefining 21st century education’)

For informal lifelong education – Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer everyone with internet access to read, watch and digest educational content.

If we can make educational content open at massive scale, can we make collaborative learning at massive scale, using technology?

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One thought on “Is the world of education flat?

  1. About “If we can make educational content open at massive scale, can we make collaborative learning at massive scale, using technology?”

    – Isn’t it the purpose of cMOOCs? SPOCs? Flip classes?
    – It seems that there are a lot of experiments: Harvard, Stanford and other US Universities.
    – Unfortunately I have not read a lot of communication on the results. Have you?

    Thanks!

    Chris

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