Friday, July 08, 2011

Academic Freedom Redefined? Who "owns the means of production" in education?

#vwwt2000 PREDICTION #17 OF 20 from year 2000
"Kali, Avatar of the eBook"
Who decides what is taught?  How and when?

PREDICTION 17:  Academic Freedom Redefined
As faculty and student roles shift and new educational resources are integrated, academic freedom and faculty leadership will remain highly valued; but they may be redefined. Many faculty members will embrace greater responsibility for identifying, selecting, and implementing pedagogical options – and supportive applications of technology.

Still likely?
In year 2000 I didn't anticipate the VARIETY and AVAILABILITY of information resources, information tools, and portable/mobile digital devices that would become irresistible to most students and many teachers by 2011.   Nor did I anticipate how such resources, tools, and devices could not be owned or controlled by any college or university.  Nor the continuing fluidity of "textbooks":  Who controls them?  How are they "published"? How are they used by students?

See Parody Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks, Courses, Degrees from Mental_Floss

- 17th of 20 predictions from "A New Vision Worth Working Toward: Connected Education and Collaborative Change," Steven W. Gilbert, 2000-2006, First version published via AAHESGIT listserv January, 2000; PDF of full article
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