Gary Brown has a profound article in the May/June 2007 Educause Review If you care about the future of higher education, read it–it’s only two pages!
There’s a lot there, for example, observation:
The metaphor embedded in that nameâ€”course management systemâ€”is perhaps the best indicator that a tool with the potential to crack open educational space and time constraints now provides mostly powerful leverage for the reigning dominance of in-the-box thinkingâ€”thinking that fails to leverage the social and burgeoning technological aptitudes of learners, fails to harness the power of collaborative learning and peer critiques, systems thinking, and global awareness, and most important, fails to cultivate learnersâ€™ pro-social instincts that ultimately make learning interesting.
The part that most resonnated with me was the following:
It isnâ€™t just one course that matters; it is the sum of lessons and learning experiences inside and, more than ever, outside of the classroom, precisely where blogs, wikis, e-portfolios, and the Web have evolved to take us.
How can we help students see that an undergraduate degree is more than the sum of its requirements? How can we effectively reach students early–as first years, to help them embark on Gardner’s caravan of learning? How can we help students part way along see what they’ve accomplished and think about where they might be going?