I spent most of last week in Coolongatta at the CAUDIT-Educause Institute 2009. For those unfamiliar with the terms, CAUDIT is the Council of Australian Universities Directors of Information Technology and Educause is the peak body promoting intelligent use of information technology in higher education. The Institute has run annually in Australia since 2002 and is based on a similar institute that runs twice a year in the US. It is ‘designed as a professional development program for those who manage some aspect of information technology and resources in higher education, whether within their department or for the entire institution‘. Read more
A few days ago I wrote a post about some the future challenges facing higher education over the next ten years. In that post I covered some of my initial thoughts about the challenges of open content and that I believed the key for universities will be in developing rigorous and consistent assessment in order to help maintain their reputations.
Related to both of these issues is the rise of new players in higher education in what will be an increasingly competitive business. I had planned to write something on this in the near future but I have been spurred into action by two links I came across this morning. The first was a link to a site that provides comparison services for online courses at universities and colleges in the US.
There has been a bit of criticism recently about slowness of Delicious to add new features and even some questions about its future as social bookmarking site. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – Delicious is a vital part of the way I organise and share information. Anyway I was please to see that they have added a new ‘Send’ feature that makes it easier to share bookmarks at the time they are being saved. You can send links to your network, email addresses and/or Twitter. The screenshot below shows this small but important feature.
I just though I would have a play with Wordle and see what it came up with for my Delicious tags. Here is the result….
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am currently working on a roadmap for educational technology in my university over the next ten years. Of course when looking over such a period it becomes crucial to try and anticipate the changing roles and functions of universities over that period so that we can think about the effect on educational technology.
Many commentators have speculated that the next ten years will be one of fundamental change for universities. Comparisons are made with the record industry ten years ago and the publishing industry at the moment – both faced with the hugely disruptive changes being bought about by new ways of learning and sharing on the internet.
I thought I would put my head above the parapet and share some of the thoughts I am having about the way universities might change and some of my initial conclusions. I say initial because my thoughts are changing all the time as I try and rationalise the very wide range of factors that may come into play over the next few years.
Many of the ideas have come from the The Tower and the Cloud, The Edgeless University (PDF), Stephen Downes work on forecasting the future for higher education and numerous blog posts, particularly from those listed in the sidebar.
I’ll do this in a series of posts because to write them all down at once is just too hard at the moment. Today I’ll start with two of the most important; open content and assessment.