is a philosophy discussion group. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
from 7.30 to 9.30pm
in the The Bull
in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics
. There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!
The future of universities
Higher education in the UK has shot up in cost over recent years. Not only higher tuition fees but increased living and accomodation costs appear to be discouraging students from starting degree courses. At the same time prestigious eduational institutions are offering free courses on the Internet. Could this be the future of higher education?
- A B-school class with 50,000 students
- Coursera was founded by two Stanford University computer science professors and has enrolled 1.57 million students in a wide range of MOOC (a massively open online courses) taught by professors from Princeton, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and other prominent schools.
- Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university
- Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life?
- Global Agenda Council on the Future of Universities
- Estimates indicate that the cost of higher education in the United States has increased twelvefold since 1978. Affordability of higher education varies significantly between countries: the average cost represents 110% of the median income in Japan while it is only 2% in Norway.Since it began in April 2012, Coursera, the free open online course, has enrolled 1.57 million students!
- How Online Education Saves Everyone Money
- San Jose State University in California has entered into a partnership with Udacity, a Palo Alto-based company that specializes in providing free online courses, to develop entry-level classes in mathematics. Any student, not only those enrolled at San Jose State, can take one of the courses for academic credit. A three-unit course at the university can cost $1,050. The programs developed with Udacity were priced at $150.
- Is the internet making universities defunct
- The model of higher education that marched triumphantly across the globe in the second half of the 20th century is broken. Thanks to advances in technology and connectivity, all the key elements of a traditional university—the curriculum (what you learn), the teaching (how you learn), the assessment (how you demonstrate what you’ve learned) and the experience (everything you learn outside the classroom)—are available on the web.
- Oxford to open internet institute
- Oxford University is set to steal a march on Cambridge and international rivals such as MIT, Stamford and Harvard with the opening of the world's first academic institution dedicated to studying the impact of the internet on society.
- Sandra Harding on the future of universities
- Professor Sandra Harding talks about the future of universities in Australia.
- The End of the University as We Know It
- In fifty years half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.
- The Future of universities—open exams
How will higher education change in the future? I’ve been thinking about possible dynamics developing out of current trends...Matthew Pearce's blog speculates on what higher education in the future might look like.
- What will the university of the future look like
- Students' expectations are changing now that the digital world has become a reality. For this generation, teaching and interaction within the online space is as natural as offline. Evidence suggests that rates of placement, retention and academic performance are just as good online as offline. Online degrees are now well-tested and proven.
- Why the internet will never replace universities
- Read any article about online higher education and you will come across the term 'MOOCs'—massive open online courses'—as well as references to 'gamification' and 'crowd-sourcing'. While such developments are fascinating, they present online learning as something futuristic'—a new development and consequently, a new threat to many UK universities. But online learning is nothing new for UK higher education. Forward-thinking institutions and their partners have been doing it for years, as a natural extension of their existing provision. Rather than see it as an either/or choice'—replacing one education model with another'—we now have different ways of learning suited to different types of students.
- Will the Internet put universities out of business
- More than half of recent college graduates in Washington state enter the stiff job market more than $20,000 in debt. But now, many universities are launching online courses, some even for free.
- The Revitalized College—A Model
- A few years ago, a graduate of New York University brought suit against that institution. He had been induced to enter those halls (so ran his plea) by the promise that through collegiate studies he would obtain wisdom. But after graduation, he found himself as ignorant as before; so he demanded his money back. [This article is slightly off-topic as it's not about using the internet for delivery of education but questions the very point of higher education].
Every fool believes
what his teachers tell him,
and calls his credulity
science or morality
as confidently as his father
called it divine revelation.
A fool's brain digests
philosophy into folly,
science into superstition,
and art into pedantry.
Hence University education.
Nothing in education
is so astonishing
as the amount of ignorance
it accumulates in the form
of inert facts.
Strange as it may seem,
no amount of learning
can cure stupidity,
and formal education
positively fortifies it.
There is no great concurrence
between learning and wisdom.