It might be early July this week, but I’m thinking… back to school! That’s because this fall I will teach a university class for the first time in a while.
It will mostly be online, a mix of live, synchronous sessions (delivered across Zoom once per week) and asynchronous work (see below). Hopefully I will also be able to be on site once or twice, travel logistics depending.
What’s in the class, and how will I do it? I’ll share my syllabus, along with notes on class exercises, if you’re interested.
For now, here’s the description:
The class will explore the varied and complex forces reshaping higher education. We start with change drivers outside of academia, including demographic, macroeconomic, and policy trends. We then address forces within higher education, such as new credentials, enrollment changes, the role of the library, tuition, and access. Next we dig into digital technologies and their impact on colleges and universities. For final projects students will produce scenarios for possible future campuses.
Readings will also include books by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz (The Race between Education and Technology), Tressie McMillan Cottom (Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy), and Nathan D. Grawe (Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education).
What kind of work will students do? Plenty of work, in my constructivist, exploratory way. Here’s the tentative plan, depending on some local factors:
Throughout the course students will create an online research presence, curating materials through RSS reading, social bookmarking, or blogging. Readings will be drawn from recent scholarship and articles.
Final projects, scenarios for possible future campuses, may take the form of: a simulation game; multiple scenarios for future universities; a sustained video argument; a multimedia digital essay.
I also have wiki writing in mind. And I will blog about the experience. More to come.
In the meantime, I’m happy to hear your thoughts and ideas.