Some forward thinking going on here, at least in academic terms. How does this equate to the Dean’s agreement out here in the west?
Damn you Tony Bates, making me blog again! Following is the link to the article that has brought me back from my hiatus. Tony gives his 2013 year in review. All I can say is he is bang on.
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“freshman class sizes have grown and become more dependent on multiple-choice exams, online plagiarism detection, adjunct faculty and teaching assistants”
Fantastic article. Well put.
Why is it that the universities don’t seem to recognize this? I look on campuses and see construction hats and cranes. The motto is bums in seats and generalized course offerings. How does this mesh with Baby Boom Bust trends and the fact that Canadians are not reproducing in numbers?
“Statistics Canada forecasts a decline of more than 400,000 youth between 2013 and 2028”
This is a no brainer, but nobody likes the answer of downsizing and specializing. Budgets will ultimately force that hand.
“institutional leaders and government policymakers alike need to recognize that, over the next fifteen years, campus populations and physical infrastructure needs will plateau, decline, or grow more slowly at the majority of Canada’s universities. Budget planning cannot depend upon steadily rising enrolments”
“the University of Alberta has started exploring the possibilities of modular certificates that could be assembled into a degree over time”
BRAVO Ken Steele
Unfortunately the article muses on the need for a Canadian identity in this initiative, we still seem slight on ideas. Does anyone out there know of institutions with concrete Educational Technology Planning units? I can speak to SIAST having one.
How do we accommodate users who do not want to learn the technology in the first place? At least for those interested in tackling the monster, The Sloan Consortium is here to help.
This type of initiative is important in PSE institutes are to meet the ever increasing desire to fill seats. Though you could entertain the idea of being more available online…but I guess that doesn’t let you construct new buildings. Kind of a Catch-22