Social media panelists ask whether a new educational ecosystems should be substitute or supplement. Blog expert Michael Sippey of Six Apart provides ways to engage further and more deeply with course content. Shmoop co-founder Ana McCullough serves up liberal arts in a way that’s relevant today. Matt Wilsey of Howcast operates on the philosophy that anyone can teach, and anyone can learn.
Don Levy of Sony and Elizabeth Coppinger of RealNetworks answer the question, “Should education be entertainment?” Like the best-told tales, learning inspires curiosity and instills passion, so in that sense, storytelling is at the heart of both education and entertainment. And both are developing across media, across geographies, with community, and with relevance to the individual.
Carol Coletta and Cameron Sinclair take on questions about cities and humanitarianism in architecture. One is, what’s the role of the educational institution in world where professional scarcity is no longer controllable? That is, where content is freely and abundantly available, more good is done outside the curriculum, and the sheer volume of need exceeds capacity?
Reid Hoffman and Donna Wells advocate a bottoms-up approach and a practice of putting your service out there so that customers can help evolve it. So too, in higher ed, change is increasingly driven by the demand side, not the supply side. This type of organic growth supports the notion that education is about knowledge production rather than school.
Donna Wells illustrates how Mint.com delivers institutionally-independent financial services on a platform of tools, education, and empowerment. Envision applying the fresh approach Mint has developed for finance to higher education. Given that 18-22 year olds have demonstrated great responsibility managing money via Mint, there’s no reason we couldn’t do the same with education.