Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Larry Summers on remaking higher education

Very little has changed in the pedagogy or contents of higher education for decades or even centuries. It's still the teacher facing students and trying to impart something. Larry Summers, former president of Harvard (among other things), proposes ways in which this might change. Here is a summary:

1. Education will be more about how to process and use information and less about imparting it.

2. An inevitable consequence of the knowledge explosion is that tasks will be carried out with far more collaboration.
 
3. New technologies will profoundly alter the way knowledge is conveyed.

 4. More focus on active learning compared to passive learning.

5. Mastering  a foreign language  will be less important (for American students) since English is becoming more widely used.

6. Greater focus on data analysis.

(Thanks to colleague Shailendra Mehta for sending me the link).

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sujatha said...

These tenets are true for education at all levels. When you say ' very little has changed....' does it mean in IIM too ?

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