The Death of Content: Why Universities and Schools are (and aren’t) being replaced by the Internet
The Emerging Learning Design (ELD) 2013 Conference is pleased to announce the title and abstract of our Keynote Presentation by Dr. Christopher Hoadley, director of dolcelab (see below).
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In this talk, I argue that the current coin of the realm in academia–content–is dying and that universities need to radically rethink their role in the world. MOOCs, homeschooling, and the shadow education system all are evidence that the 20th century role of schools is decreasingly relevant. But does this mean that schools will become obsolete? I argue that schools face a choice: use technology to enhance their current functions but hasten their demise, or use technology to transform themselves and capitalize on 17th century strengths to be a cornerstone of the 21st century knowledge economy. I offer some ideas on how to reconceptualize the notion of ‘schools’ based on the latest research in learning and on ancient ideas about how to teach.