On to our next online book club reading! I’ve decided on this book, after some research and energetic Twitter conversations: Richard DeMillo, Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) (publisher; Amazon).
Why this book? To begin with, it’s a very high profile work on changes in higher education, especially in technological terms, so it’s germane to this blog’s interests. It’s been widely reviewed, winning praise and criticism. DeMillo’s previous book, Abelard To Apple (2011), offered an interesting and elegant take on technology’s impact on education.
Here’s a schedule of reading, based on one chapter per week, and allowing a week for folks to actually obtain the book:
November 2nd, 1: Map of the World
November 9th, 2: Shifting Landscape
November 16th, 3: Levity, Brevity, and Repetition
November 23rd, 4: Technology Curves
November 30th, 5: Internet Scale
December 7th, 6: Accessibility
December 14th, 7: Pyramids
December 21st, 8: Rankings
December 28th, 9: Institutional Envy
January 4th, 10: Brands
January 11th, 11: Ivory Towers
January 18th, 12: Governing in the Age of Internet Empires
January 25th, Epilogue
How’s that? All the way into 2016.
Would you like to follow along? Simply snag a copy of the book from your library or MIT Press or the local bookshop or Amazon (etc.), and get reading. I’ll post about each chapter at the start of each week, so you can add comments there. I’ve set up a tag for all posts: demillorevolution. Twitter’s also a fine place to chat (I’m @BryanAlexander). If you’re into Goodreads, let us know so we can catch up (here’s me).