Cathy Davidson was recently interviewed for this audio documentary which aired in Canada Sept. 9. Listen online to the archive here.
A virtual classroom with hundreds of thousands of participants who will never meet each other. The professor on a screen or, better still, behind one. Tests graded by other students.
It sounds like a dystopian education nightmare.
But in 2012, the future of the university has arrived. Radical change is in the air.
From the pot bangers of Montreal to high-powered thinkers in Silicon valley, the traditional model of the university is under attack.
The digital revolution – which has upended journalism, publishing, movies and music – is poised to storm the ivory tower. Under enormous financial pressure, and facing a strong push to “democratize” knowledge, the university is being asked to re-imagine itself. In question: the very nature and purpose of higher education, at a time when demand for it has never been greater.