This essay begs the question above. I wish to add a couple more:
1. Are we already well down the pathway?
2. How do we turn it around?
Thanks, Sanjeev, for the article.
MOOCs and related delivery methods begs this question…so read on.
Thanks, Chris, for sending me this.
Thanks, Troy, for sharing this article and the perspectives that come with it.
Since arriving at BSU, I have use the term democracy many times. You can find that term used in blog posts like this one, in the master academic plan, and in other writings. In academic affairs, we have tried to open up communications, posted notes, agendas, attachments, etc. from meetings where, in the past, there were ‘mysterious’ things going on. We have held open forums, brown bag lunches, meetings with colleges and departments, expanded deans’ council meetings, academic forums, etc. in order to encourage dialogue and thinking about the future of the university.
We have tried to start up campus-wide debate/dialogue sessions that haven’t happened yet.
The president greatly expanded cabinet and is posting notes from that group.
Yet, I am not sure that there has been a real discussion about what all of this means. Where does it take us? What does it mean for the university? What does it mean for education, teaching, and learning? What does it mean for engagement of students in campus life?
I am adding the below link to a discussion with Henry Giroux, my mentor in my Ph.D. program, who helped me see the world differently back in 1990.
I hope you watch it and consider the questions above in light of what you hear.