Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Former Harvard University president on media fluency

One of the "most emailed" articles in the New York Times this morning is an opinion piece by former Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers in which he asks, "Suppose the educational system is drastically altered to reflect the structure of society and what we now understand about how people learn. How will what universities teach be different?"  Several of his answers seem to connect to our media fluency course:
Education will be more about how to process and use information and less about imparting it. This is a consequence of both the proliferation of knowledge — and how much of it any student can truly absorb — and changes in technology.  
An inevitable consequence of the knowledge explosion is that tasks will be carried out with far more collaboration.
New technologies will profoundly alter the way knowledge is conveyed.
 If you're interested, check out the whole piece and tell us what you think below.

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