22 September 2013

Academia Is Terrified

According to one of their own:
. . . the internet has made it possible for people to educate themselves, independently or in groups large and small, on an unprecedented scale. Startup companies, sometimes unaccredited, are entering the education space as never before. 

. . . in many cases a shorter, more specialized – not to mention cheaper – curriculum is vastly superior to the bloated, politically correct, and increasingly irrelevant program offered by many of the prestige institutions.
More here. Isn't it wonderful?


r said...

Change comes slowly in traditional institutions. During graduate school in the mid-70s, I had a work/study job in the School of Education's audio-visual department just as the campus was starting to transition from a central main frame computer to PCs.

It struck me that PCs could easily be combined with TV and video tape to become a powerful teaching advance over slide projectors and audio tapes, and I brought the proposal for a pilot program in instructional technology to the Dean of the Ed School.

He listened briefly then dismissed the idea with the sneering quip that his job to come up with new ideas and mine was to make them work. I soon moved on.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

The internet revolution is, in many ways, similar to that brought about by Gutenberg. It is bringing information to the masses in unprecedented ways.

E.J. D'Agrosa said...

Especially for authors. Where once you had to spend lots of money and travel to libraries and institutions for research, which would usually only be open to you if you had some kind of 'academic credentials', now you can access that info. at the click of a mouse button. Of course going to sites like battlefields is still preferable, as that it is still hard to capture the feel and the realism through books and text.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

It is breathtaking in scope. I think this often escapes us as we become more and more accustomed to the internet.

Robert Moore said...

"The internet revolution is, in many ways, similar to that brought about by Gutenberg. It is bringing information to the masses in unprecedented ways."

That's good and bad, and, with so much bad information on the Web, I'm reminded of the old saying... "garbage in, garbage out". There are lots of folks who, too easily, embrace too much of what they see on the Web... and without a... pardon my jargon (I'll be more polite than the usual phrase)... "cattle excrement filter" in their mental process.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I agree Robert. Liberty is often chaotic and risky, but the alternative is unacceptable. Good historians like you and others help with that filtering aspect.

ropelight said...

Allison Nielsen writing in Florida's Sunshine News 9/27/13 reports the University of Florida will begin offering a limited number of full BA degree programs on-line.

"First-time college students who want to attend the University of Florida but can't make the move to Gainesville won't have to anymore, thanks to a new UF online bachelor's degree program.

The Board of Governors Friday voted to approve the business plan for the online bachelor's program. The business plan contained an 82-page summary of courses and degree programs, student services, tuition and fees, budget, admissions and enrollment projections."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Rope. I think for many schools, their efforts will prove too little too late, but many are slowly getting on board. Liberty U., often the butt of jokes from lefty elites, has been offering long distance learning degrees since the mid- '80's and is a pioneer in the field. Interestingly enough, I recently heard that Liberty also ranks second in military historians teaching.