LiDA101: Higher education in a digital age



Post your thoughts on this topic. You are encouraged to “like” compelling posts and to reply to contributions from your peers. Issues to consider and share on the forum include:

  • What are your thoughts on Anya Kamenetz’s TEDxAtlanta talk on the DIY U? Published in 2010, what is the probability of these predictions becoming reality taking the advantage of hindsight into account? Do you disagree with any of Anya’s assertions?
  • Will the phenomenon of “free learning” succeed in addressing the challenges of rising costs and lack of access to higher education? Think about advantages and disadvantages.
  • Will alternate credentialing increase your prospects for future employment?
  • What are the implications of this changing landscape in higher education for your own academic skills and those of future learners?
  • Other?

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Although made in 2010, some of the predictions are coming to pass. The predictions about it being based on open resources are already here, as Saylor Academy and many other MOOC providers use free and open resources to make up their courses, and provide quality, free education to their students. Saylor especially is made up of thousands of open resources being curated and used among their courses, as many of them rely heavily on this.Therefore, I do not disagree with her stated predictions, even taking the context of hindsight into account.

Yes and no-success on free learning is ideal, and wonderful if it can be achieved, however, this depends heavily on access. Those low income countries that are developing yet may not have access to clean water, or electricity as some lights are being made which use a weight lever and a twenty minute gradient for access to light to complete homework. With this being the standard in many developing countries,the likelihood of having access to computers, much less internet, are slim. For those with free and clear access, then the success rate goes up significantly if the courses are completed. Therefore, if that is the case, then yes the challenges can certainly be addressed and even perhaps made obsolete.

Alternative credentialing may, in the future, make a positive impact on future employment prospects but at the moment it’s not an option. The changing landscape I believe only serves to further serve myself and future students by improving open access and thus, lowering costs as it proceeds.