I received an announcement from the SL group Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) about a FutureED group and meetup in SL. Turns out there’s a meetup every Monday of the FutureED MOOC at the UEPP Tufts University region in SL at Noon SLT.
Today I had a nice conversation with Spiral Theas, Orlando7 Decosta, Stylianos Ling, and Beth Ghostraven. I think we come from a variety of global places and all are inspired by the FutureED MOOC.
I also think we’re all a little overwhelmed by the vastness of HASTAC, but it’s already starting to feel a little more navigable to me and I think it’s definitely a great long-term place to spend time and effort.
Getting to FutureED
It seemed like we’re all on board with Cathy Davidson’s vision of radical change in education. But we also see higher and other ED as such a giant infrastructure with so many tentacles! How do you change? We didn’t feel that we’d have quick, sweeping change and tear down the University walls. So that suggest incremental change. Perhaps one faculty member at a time. Students are as inured to “old EDU” as faculty and staff, so all stakeholders will have to evolve into new roles. New roles that seem in the long run, better for everyone, but on the way there, more work for everyone. Will faculty near retirement want to bother? Do unengaged students prefer “boring lectures” to better experiences that require more work and initiative from them?
And yet for all the difficulty with change, it seems like EDU a generation from now will look very, very different.
Websites & Twitter
- Olando7 Decosta (Roland Legrand): @RolandLegrand • MixedRealities.com
My profile on HASTAC