21 thoughts on “Rethinking Education”

  1. Mwesch, why are all the voices on this video male? Is it one speaker or multiple speakers who all happen to by male? Why no women's voices?

  2. Global culture. There won't be countries and borders. There will just be us – a global civilisation. As an archaeology/anthropology student, that's a very exciting thought.

  3. All students should jump start their brains every morning with Armis.

    Armis should be included in the curriculum of every school system,

  4. RE: technology. Here's a way to stay in touch using a living syllabus. The Syllabus Geeks have a number of funny syllabus related videos on YouTube search for their channel at Intellidemia

  5. RE: technology. Here's a way to stay in touch using a living syllabus. The Syllabus Geeks have a number of funny syllabus related videos on YouTube search for their channel at Intellidemia

  6. My #dream No. 4 (it was): creating a collective intelligence think tank at the place I love most (Dresden)

  7. For America to stay competitive in the 21st century as a global superpower, we need to a complete change of our education system! And we NEED it now! It's sad our government spends more on defense than education, education is only approximately 4% of our total budget (somewhere around there, just read it the other day.) The key to our future is our children obviously, and not investing it them is detrimental to our country, our world! Wish I could take his class…

  8. I wonder how student affairs would fit into this video . . . Theorists keep saying that student's need to be engaged and develop holistically, yet even technologically is divided, though portals such as blackboard or even facebook are making attempts. If student affairs personnel are to continue to be employed, how do you see technology integrating ALL of university life?

  9. @stevestoneky The ethical validity of IP laws is questionable. Most kids have no respect for IP, but they don't have lobby groups. If only they did.

    Universities are centers of progress in many fields, but ARE held back by law. Whether this is justified or not – the reality is that it weakens the university's ability to be a valid universal information gatekeeper and educator, which is why it's worth mentioning in the context of this video "rethinking education".

  10. @shelleyq It looks like they were coming from – do a Google Search on "IT Conversations" (youtube not letting me insert links) and you can scroll through the video to get an idea who is being heard from. I agree, it would be nice to have a set of links (probably as a delicious site?)

  11. @roidroid Breaking intellectual property (this is the IP you were referring to, right) laws is illegal no matter who is doing it. Just because a student can do it, and doesn't apparently get caught, doesn't mean that it is right.

    I agree that higher education is not keeping up with modern information technology, but I think downloading copyrighted material without permission is not one of the first things we need to get them to start doing.
    Let's go to open source textbooks, etc.

  12. @roidroid Breaking intellectual property (this is the IP you were referring to, right) laws is illegal no matter who is doing it. Just because a student can do it, and doesn't apparently get caught, doesn't mean that it is right.

    I agree that higher education is not keeping up with modern information technology, but I think downloading copyrighted material without permission is not one of the first things we need to get them to start doing.

    Let's go to open source textbooks, etc.

  13. @popkocher This doesn't really answer your question, but the upside of the new technology is that an artist can now potentially find 1,000 fans that are willing to pay the artist $50 per year for their work, and the artist has a $50,000 per year income. Without having to support a record company or gallery or publishing house.

    And, yes, Wikipedia can be lame. So when it is, change it.

  14. i too am confused about the knowledge gatekeeper aspect of universities – when they refuse to (or are legally incapable) keep up with modern information technology.

    example: IP laws allow students much more informational power and freedom than universities themselves are allowed, simply due to universities being large easily sued organisations (while students can clandestinely torrent whatever for their personal use).

    Also how should a modern university gauge it's students' competence – tests?

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