jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2009

Education 2.0

El artículo es de Fast Company

Desde el advenimiento de Internet y la Web al público ha habido una creciente especulación (y realización) del posible papel que estas tecnologías podrían jugar en el proceso educativo. Primero fue (y sigue siendo) el PC en el aula, luego la biblioteca digital, más tarde la educación a distancia vía Web... Es apenas obvio que las posibilidades no se han agotado; el asunto de la educación ha sido siempre el de la interacción (profesor-estudiante, estudiante-estudiante) y una tecnología que permite nuevas formas de interacción al tiempo que en alguna medida puede reproducir las tradicionales, tiene que ser agente de cambio en el sector, y decisivo además. En el artículo anotado se revisa el "estado del arte" y las propuestas más extremas actualmente en curso de realización en USA

La gran (y feliz) paradoja tal vez sea que quizá hay mucho para INNOVAR aquí, y quizá al tiempo muy poco que cambiar :-)

Extracto de apertura:

"The architects of education 2.0 predict that traditional universities that cling to the string-quartet model will find themselves on the wrong side of history, alongside newspaper chains and record stores. "If universities can't find the will to innovate and adapt to changes in the world around them," professor David Wiley of Brigham Young University has written, "universities will be irrelevant by 2020.""

Extracto de ponerse en situación:

"The challenge is not to bring technology into the classroom, he points out. The millennials, with their Facebook and their cell phones, have done that. The challenge is to capture the potential of technology to lower costs and improve learning for all... [...]

Extracto de la frontera hoy:

"Today, "open content" is the biggest front of innovation in higher education. The movement that started at MIT has spread to more than 200 institutions in 32 countries that have posted courses online at the OpenCourseWare Consortium. But, as Wiley points out, there's still a big gap between viewing such resources as a homework aid and building a recognized, accredited degree out of a bunch of podcasts and YouTube videos. "Why is it that my kid can't take robotics at Carnegie Mellon, linear algebra at MIT, law at Stanford? And why can't we put 130 of those together and make it a degree?" Wiley asks. "There are all these kinds of innovations waiting to happen. A sufficient infrastructure of freely available content is step one in a much longer endgame that transforms everything we know about higher education.""

Extracto de el innovador en marcha:

"He is "chief openness officer" at a for-profit startup, Flat World Knowledge, that commissions professors to write open-source textbooks that are free online, $19.95 for a download, or $29.95 for a print-on-demand copy. (Flat World closed $8 million in VC funding earlier this spring.)"

Extracto de otro innovador en marcha (con mucha claridad sobre algunos Jobs-To-Be-Done):

""Open courseware is hard for the self-learner," agrees Neeru Paharia, a PhD student at Harvard Business School. Building a social network to make it easier is the goal of her newest project, Peer2Peer University. The daughter of two Indian-born Silicon Valley engineers, Paharia is a former McKinsey consultant and an early employee of Creative Commons, a not-for-profit set up to create the intellectual and legal framework to share and remix content without the expense and red tape of commercial copyright. In 2005, she started AcaWiki, a crowdsourced compilation of free summaries of academic papers. Now, she says, she wants to address "all the other things that a university does for you: It provides you a clear path from A to B, provides social infrastructure of teachers and other students, and accreditation so you actually get credit for what you do. So the question becomes, Is there a way of hacking something like this together?""

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