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Universities in the digital age

April 19, 2013

Multi Media Internet Laptop with Objects

The lecture for week 7 discussed the difficulties facing universities in the digital age as it transforms traditional teaching methods. The widespread adoption of the Internet and the array of convergence capabilities created a shift in how individuals and society at large communicates and functions (Miller R 2010). In the reading by Miller (2010), it is considered ‘‘we are fortunate to be living through the greatest change in communication in history’ (Miller R 2010) in which digital networks have changed what it means to teach and engage with education (Miller R 2010).

The Internet has provided the chance to redefine the pedagogical function to encourage connective thinking and to allow individuals to communicate with the most powerful mediums of our time (Miller R 2010). The alternative learning model focuses on ‘creativity over critical analysis’ to enable collaborative learning (Miller R 2010). Education has the potential to create a more equitable and balanced world as discussed in the seminar, which it could bridge the gap between developed and developing nations in access to education (Friend A 2013). Two prominent examples that are aiming to bridge the gap of education in the newly emerging online education include: Khan Academy and MOOCS.

One of the earliest creators that aimed to bridge the gap of science/ physics education is the Khan Academy. The khan academy is a not-for profit organisation that has the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere (Khan Academy 2013).

A newly emerging platform that was discussed in the seminar is MOOCS which stands for: Massive, Open, Online, Courses which has started to gain interest across the world (Chronicle of Higher Education 2013). MOOC’s is a participatory online course in which any one across the world can connect, collaborate and engage in learning processes.

In my experience, all University Students have had to a degree of an online learning experience facilitated by E-Learning and Moodle. MOOC’s has an array of advantages such as no fees, interactive collaboration through video-conferencing, no time constraints and with such a dynamic range of participants could aid in research development through sharing ideas on an international scale (Chronicle of Higher Education 2013).

Moreover, the online learning can significantly bridge the gap for people who cannot afford University in developing countries such as the Philippines, which further reflect education could bring a more equitable and balanced world. With more people becoming educated it can advance economies and aid in significant advances for developing countries.

References:

Chronicle of Higher Education timeline on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) regularly updated http://chronicle.com/article/What-You-Need-to-Know-About/133475/ (accessed 13 Feb. 2013)

Miller, R 2009, “The Coming Apocalypse”, Pedology. Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture, vol. 10, no. 1, accessed 16/3/13

The Khan Academy 2013, accessed 15/3/13 https://www.khanacademy.org/about

 

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