Great to travel back through this year’s MOOC to SCUP 47 and Sandy Shugart’s wonderful talk then, connecting university history and culture to the future, and this week’s reflection forward from Michael Dolence and Donald Norris’ THE. At the conference I mentioned to Sandy the episodic journey George Makdisi started me on in 1969 from madrasas in Baghdad in the 10th century to many years later tracking knowledge west with The Rise of Colleges.
Then today tuning in to this week’s video conversation, hearing Joan ask about personal contact and quality in the age of MOOCs gets back to these disciple-master roots of learning-teaching. Today as an architect, I wonder how colleges and universities continue to find personal value for students and faculty, avoiding the institutional ways that medieval faith and empire co-opted prior more direct knowledge transfer?
This week’s panel connected Sandy’s use of groups of students exploring the same questions to the power of ideation sessions that “allow percolation up,” and left me seeing ideas bubbling through the “white water” of change now. Sandy’s future orientation had spurred me to connect design thinking to planning, as had Luis Rico-Gutierrez so eloquently at the North Central conference two years ago, and as Michael pointing to designing backwards from the vision, then to set the first steps toward it.
How do we answer Rob’s call, something like, “Keep the promise of American education available.”? How do set the mutual business value (“outcomes x experiences/cost”) in this century when we accept that, “We need to learn from students as much as they need to learn from us.”?
Just for fun, the instances of various words in this week’s article: institution 68 times, student 17, teach 5, faculty 7, learn 95, transform 50, business 37, model 28, change 41, disrupt 24, fund 8, increment 5, urgent 1. Disruption is meant to provoke, right? Since we are looking for new ideas, starting-over ideas, how would the 4 R’s of transformation work if we used words like form or change, learn or co-create, voice, fix, align?