Why would one ask this question? I ask it because I was reading about AcademicEarth. AcademicEarth is just another in a long line of tools that are making it easier for people to educate themselves. iTunes U (how annoying is it that you can’t access this via the web), Flat World Knowledge, Wikipedia, and many other sites provide access to world class teachers and research to anyone who can access the Web. It makes it increasingly difficult for an institution to know if it was their curriculum and staff that produced the learning outcomes they seek. In an increasingly assesment oriented climate I would think this access to outside resources makes the results of assessment almost meaningless. I think it also makes one wonder just what it is that distinguishes institutions from one another. So what should education look like in the 21st century?
What should education look like in the 21st century?
3 responses to “What should education look like in the 21st century?”
I don’t have an answer necessarily, but it is very exciting stuff to say the least. I would love to have have had these resources when I was younger.
Do you think it’s all relative? By that, I mean kids are immersed in so much these days already that are these just the equivalent to the learning methods we had at our disposal or are they truly tools that would give a student an edge?
My gut reaction is the latter, but I’m not totally convinced the former isn’t at play as well.
I actually just started a new blog where I am going to work on tackling this very difficult question. Please feel free to check it out and leave me your thoughts so we can build this conversation across. Thanks.