The online EDUCAUSE Conference is scheduled this Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15, and K-Staters are welcome to attend the live-streamed sessions (see below) as time allows. Length of sessions vary. About 20 seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it’s a good idea to arrive early. All sessions are in 202 Fairchild Hall on the K-State-Manhattan campus.
No registration is needed. Further information about each session and the presenter(s) is available in the conference program.
Live-streaming of the EDUCAUSE sessions is being sponsored by the Information Technology Assistance Center. Questions about the sessions should be sent to Ernie Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Unger responded to some questions as a preview to the interactive “Nostradacademe” presentation this Wednesday at the IDT Roundtable (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Union 212). She shares some of her predictions about the future of higher education in this question/answer format.
Q: What are some of your predictions for the future of higher education?
Below are a few about faculty and instruction.
Para professional faculty
Faculty appointments at multiple institutions
Collaborative teaching and research teams from multiple institutions including business, industry, and governmental – including international scholars
Move from tenure for faculty to long-term contracts
Instruction will continue to move to the “guide on the side” modes of instruction
More emphasis on solving real-world problems in the educational experience most likely will occur; perhaps providing a new form of internship or coop experience
On Aug. 18, Beloit College in Wisconsin released its popular Mindset List for the Class of 2013 for incoming college freshmen who will likely graduate four years from now. The list, which has been published since 1998, identifies life experiences that have helped shape the attitudes and expectations of high-school graduates now arriving at colleges across the country.
Some of the list’s observations about technology and its use by incoming freshmen include:
Text has always been hyper.
Cable television systems have always offered telephone service and vice versa.
They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.