Sunday, February 28, 2016

What is the future of higher education?

What caused me to quit my online M.A. in Counseling Psychology, was a male who was increasingly hostile, and showed signs of misogyny and used harassment to attack fellow students afraid to speak out. Then there were online profs, most from the US, who failed to appreciate Canadian values. Add overburdened profs who posted assignments, then delegated all actions to undergrad assistants. Then they demanded we all work in groups creating a presentation a week, requiring little of the profs.

This should, of course, read university students. We know how much young children depend upon hands-on learning. There are many distractions online: "You've got mail",  chat rooms, instagram, twitter notices...
Disruption has hit the university lecture hall - that is, if teaching is done in a lecture hall at all. Our series on the state of higher education continues with a discussion of the pleasures and pitfalls of the move away from traditional teaching methods toward screens, virtual classrooms and MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses.
Three educators join Michael to talk about taking advantage of digital technology, while avoiding its distractions.

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