Education Innovation Report
Lifelong Learners, we hope the Skillshare Education Innovation Report will both inform and incite.
We aim to cull and curate everything from anonymous blogs posts to controversial opinion pieces to important news about the changing definition of learning. And we hope you’ll respond.
Each of us has something to say about the future of learning, so please - comment, Tweet at us, take to Facebook. Let us know that you don’t agree, share your personal stories, or tell us what we’ve missed (send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org). Look for the new #edinnoreport hashtag on our Twitter and Facebook feeds!
Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Ben Nelson (The Minerva Project), Anant Agarwal (MITx), and Sebastian Thrun (Udacity) were hosted by SF’s local radio role model, Michael Krasny to discuss the role of online education. Main takeaways: we have to rethink what community means online & we can’t just abandon physical universities.
In what’s sure to spark a fiery debate about open knowledge, Pearson, Cengage, and Macmillan have brought a lawsuit against Boston-based Boundless Learning, which aims to make the world’s open educational content more useful for students by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content that has been created by leading educations and institutions over the last 20 years.
While any poll deserves some skepticism, the results of this one are encouraging enough to share. A survey conducted by Unite revealed that acquiring new knowledge and skills was the most important aspect of a university experience to those who filled out the questionnaire. Next on the list: a good social life and supportive lecturers.
The bottom line: most projects are still playing in the margins. Ann says, “until colleges accept the need to change, they have little incentive to overcome their natural inclination to stay the same.”
The Barnard college student who wrote this blog post says, “I had to come to terms with the fact that the best version of myself includes more than just academic intelligence…Being genuinely happy means accepting that not being “perfect” is inevitable and imperfections are just new opportunities to learn. It means connecting to others.” Kudos, Julie, let your curiosity drive you and team up with others who share your passions along the way.