Episode Eight: Technology and the Future of Higher Education

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Right-click here to download an MP3 file of this episode.

What is a MOOC?  How is digital technology transforming education?  And, perhaps most important to me as a college professor, WILL I BE REPLACED BY A ROBOT?

In this week’s episode, I sit down with Luke Waltzer and Mikhail Gershovich, both of whom I work with at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College.  Luke and Mikhail are deeply knowledgable and passionate about pedagogy, communication, and technology, and share their ideas about how these elements can be preserved and amplified during an era of unprecedented austerity.

THE BAD NEWS:  This recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains stunning statistics on the defunding of higher education.

THE GOOD NEWS:  Blogs@Baruch is just one example of how digital technology can be employed in a way that empowers students rather than viewing them as passive receivers of information.

For related links and opinions, follow me on Twitter, @DavidLParsons.

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