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Infographic: HASTAC Initiative on the History and Future of Higher Education #FutureEd

Infographic:  HASTAC Initiative on the History and Future of Higher Education #FutureEd

Today I worked with Kaysi Holman, Marco Bastos, and Fiona Barnett to try to put together an infographic that could visualize relationships between some of the events that will be connected together next semester as part of HASTAC's #FutureEd extravaganza. You can view the higher resolution version in Google docs. 

Of course, in the HASTAC open way, we made this as a fully customizable Google Doc so, if it is useful to you (and to administrators at your university or to the communications group at your institution), you can customize it. Here's the adaptable FutureEd Infographic. We even made another editable FutureEd Infographic  where anyone can adapt and add courses, workshops, websites, activities, and events for a full view of the HASTAC FutureEd Iniatitive. 

The infographic below is designed to show the relationship between the larger initiative, the three courses I'm involved with, and the Coursera MOOC on The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Educaiton for which I've made the videos and for which my students will serve as community resources, responders, and managers.   
Others will have different relationships to the initiative and we would be delighted if you use this Infographic in any way that helps to visualize what that special relationship might be.  

Here's our first attempt.  Stay tuned for more!



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Most of the brighter young people I know (from 17 to 27 or so) realize that they have been trapped between venal postsecondary institutions (of all types, public, private, proprietary and even religious) and bureaucratic employment for the 20 years of debt accumulation and payoff until foregiveness. That bleak and very unpromising future is the shadow against which your "future of higher ed" will play until or unless we recognize and celebrate their subversions of that system and its own intractible, absurd, dysfunctional and frankly anti-intellectual and technophobic pretensions. Harvard's $3billion expansion into Boston only underscores the futility of reason against the international entrepreneurialism of greed, and is an excellent indicator that they - among their follower institutions - haven't realized that a palace does not make a kingdom.

So, holding their nose finding higher ed "deals" through fellowships, scholarships, and, after the B.A., mentorships, these young people negotiate a miserable peonage for a decade or so of retributive anger, and, then, with some newly earned seniority, they "get even" with zoning, PiLoT negotiations, and alternative recruiting strategies that build on skills rather than costly, and increasingly irrelevant, course and degree labels.

In other words, MOOCs are but part of a much larger vocabulary, as is "curriculum," "peer reviewed journals," and a host of other cachophonic buzz. The net has made - and will continue to make - a difference that will eventually break copyright limits, patents, and other restrictive, increasingly irrelevant and historically moot controls and dictates. Ironically, that is pretty much what was observed when Gutenberg's bible undermined the exclusive wisdom of church hierarchies, correspondence schools made colleges more open, or Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, Mortimer Adler's Great Books, or the current wealth of online libraries and courseware accomplish, each in their time. 

The mere fact that I'm sending this says what I'm saying is already happening.

In effect, the "future of higher education" will be students creating their own "courseware" - including links, search history and graphics (both still and motion) - to address any question raised by anyone - peer, parent, teacher, professor, employer - and solve any problem they propose. That is the framework for newer colleges like Olin and Hampshire, and will, most surely, be the means future generations re-deploy empires like Harvard's expansion or Columbia's plan for expansion in the '60's: turning the builds into parks and recreation.