College 2.0

Joining the rash of "2.0" adopters, I saw this morning an article coining University 2.0. They are basically getting rid of in-class lectures, relying heavily on podcasting; students ask questions via email and are answered on a blog. The professor states that the reason for doing this is that he found large lectures to not be very beneficial. This allows him to spend time with smaller groups of students (he has an online calendar) that students can sign up to meet with him concerning their work.  I don't think he argues that this is a replacement for upper-level course work, but could be a nice alternative to large lecture classes where interacting with the professor happens very little. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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2 Comments on “College 2.0”

  1. selma blair Says:

    So will this lead to lower tuition fees that colleges charge? Will textbooks become obsolete and replaced with electronic data devices? What will become of headscratching in-class tests? If the size of a class is not confined by the walls of a classroom how will students know their classmates? Will members of study groups no longer be within visual sight of each other and only know each other by their email addresses? wow, progress?

  2. Wayne Graham Says:

    I don’t think this will change how colleges and universities do business, especially in how much they charge. Before the dot-bomb, everyone thought eBook readers would replace text books (which still hasn’t happend). One interesting development in notebook PCs that could at least get folks knowing the faces are built-in web cams. The MacBook Pro has them, and are pretty cool. However, I doubt very highly that any of this can replace higher-level coursework that teaches the critical thinking skills. I do, however, think this a nice supplement for very large Freshman classes where you have 200+ students in the class that spend more time checking their email than listening to the professor anyway 😉


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