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Backing into change

Backing into change Purpose – This paper aims to alert readers to issues that may be overlooked in assessing fundamental changes in the post‐secondary arena. Design/methodology/approach – Posits that the internet changes the nature of the university as fundamentally as one saw when the Bible was published on the movable type press. Findings – Open access courses and journals put knowledge into the Socratic Agora, changing the roles of faculty as both educators and researchers. Since knowledge is available with the click of a mouse, the linear Kindergarten to Bachelor's curriculum has been deconstructed and integrated with work and play since age is not a barrier to access. Also, few may opt for a hand‐crafted, packaged, on‐campus experience. As the current faculty, cyber immigrants, retires, the emerging cyber natives will form self‐organizing communities of interest/practice and the function of the university must be reinvented. Originality/value – The paper is of value to administrators, policy analysts, researchers in the arena of education, funding agencies, foundations and politicians involved with educational change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Backing into change

On the Horizon , Volume 13 (1): 4 – Mar 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/10748120510601590
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to alert readers to issues that may be overlooked in assessing fundamental changes in the post‐secondary arena. Design/methodology/approach – Posits that the internet changes the nature of the university as fundamentally as one saw when the Bible was published on the movable type press. Findings – Open access courses and journals put knowledge into the Socratic Agora, changing the roles of faculty as both educators and researchers. Since knowledge is available with the click of a mouse, the linear Kindergarten to Bachelor's curriculum has been deconstructed and integrated with work and play since age is not a barrier to access. Also, few may opt for a hand‐crafted, packaged, on‐campus experience. As the current faculty, cyber immigrants, retires, the emerging cyber natives will form self‐organizing communities of interest/practice and the function of the university must be reinvented. Originality/value – The paper is of value to administrators, policy analysts, researchers in the arena of education, funding agencies, foundations and politicians involved with educational change.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2005

Keywords: Universities; Further education; Knowledge management; Internet; Distance learning; Learning styles

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