A Future With Only 10 Universities

2014-05-26 # | Hack Education

Audrey Watters imaginava en aquest article del seu blog (octubre de 2013) per quines fases hauríem de passar fins a arribar al futur distòpic predit per Sebastian Thrun (“In 50 years… there will be only 10 institutions in the world delivering higher education”). Suprimir el finançament de les universitats públiques, reduir l’educació a formació professional sota el dictat de les corporacions, confiar la recerca a la iniciativa privada (amb micromecenatge via Kickstarter per a les humanitats), reemplaçar els experts per algorismes i big data, etc. etc.

Incloïa també, per a més inri, una llista de les universitats elegides al final dels temps:

  1. Oxford
  2. Cambridge
  3. Harvard
  4. MIT
  5. Stanford 
  6. Princeton
  7. The University of Pearson (adquireix Coursera, 2016)
  8. The University of Google (adquireix Udacity, 2014)
  9. The University of Walmart (adquireix University of Phoenix, 2017)
  10. BYU

Per sort, com deia ella, res d’això és inevitable.

Resistance. Community. Open networks. Open content. Sharing. A place –on- or offline– that isn’t dictated by market forces. Local expertise. Local support. Leveraging technology to connect local learners and local expertise to the rest of the world. Care about students. Human connections. Wonder. Intellectual serendipity. But mostly resistance. A stronger and louder vision of what a more just and progressive and accessible future of higher education and technology should look like. It’s actually pretty easy to forecast the nightmare scenario of a higher education apocalypse. It’s easy to see signs of it in the headlines. The greater challenge, I’d argue, is to have a bolder and louder vision of higher ed’s future.

Amén.

http://www.hackeducation.com/2013/10/15/minding-the-future-openva/