higher ed

What about higher ed?

What does success look like? from Enstitute on Vimeo.

perhaps this is the future of higher ed tuition…


Anya Kamenetz has a lot of direction to offer in that regard. DIY U is a great resource.

anya kamenetz at #wec10

DIY U: The Transformation of Higher Education (part 1 & 2)
Master plan is dead with current round of budget crisis.
College ed has become trapped in an unsustainable cost spiral.
There’s a relevance question in higher ed... after many generations saying that college ed is key to success and prosperity,
but now – economy is changing so quickly that the degree that they get now might not be the same when I finish.
I’m not able to choose to study what I think is going to be relevant for me.
diyu isn’t a road map but a compass
These transformations don’t just come from the tools, but from an attitude.. summed up in one word..
content – open license that anyone can access content   (mit) – only the first step, an infrastructure so that then you can build… on…socialization
socialization – enable to teach online with huge benefits like in classroom – like video chats, twitterfeeds, (tutor) – taking open content and organizing courses around it
accreditation – who gets opportunity and who gets credit, how do you prove that someone has taught themselves online
provide an assessment based model – based on passing assessments – created from scratch, rather than saying i got a degree – because of requirements, actual tests/content
behance? – upload profiles, community rating system, employers go on site and select, get a job based on the work you demonstrate
this is what i’ve done… vs diploma
most decisions are made by faculty, legislators, parents, but very little are made by students
the real change that has to happen is to change the way we look at the ed process.
same ideals of early schools, scholars pursuing knowledge for the love of knowledge, total free inquiry in a way that had never been done before
latin – universitas = communities
Another great resource mentioned in what about grades – James Bach’s Buccaneer-Scholar
gathering info on alt forms of admission, and alternate options here.
And James Altucher’s – 40 Alternatives to College
And Blake Boles’ – Better Than College & College Without High School
And Roger Schank’s – education on demand
Karl Fisch on higher ed.
Alternative thinking/marketing for higher ed.. et al.
higher ed brochure color
perhaps – some of this…(mentor ecosystem)
check out ivory tower – coming out july 2014..
with Anya


from david graeber‘s utopia of rules:


What these management techniques invariably end up meaning in practice is that everyone winds up spending most of their time trying to sell each other things: grant/book proposals/applications et al.. t


unis now brands to be marketed to students/contributors.. pr and marketing come to engulf every aspect of uni life.. result is a sea of docs about the fostering of ‘imagination ‘ and ‘creativity’ set in an environ that might as well have been designed to strangle any actual manifestations of imagination and creativity in the cradle..t

already did that (maybe what he means by in the cradle).. ie: maté parenting law .. graeber parent/care law.. et al.. but yeah.. ongoing at uni (and why parents do it.. so kids will get in places et al).. what we need is graeber care/free law



there was a time when academia was society’s refuge for the eccentric, brilliant and impractical.. no longer.. it is not eh domain of professional self marketers.. as for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical: it would seem society now has no place for *them at all

crazywise (doc) et al

the *them is all of us.. if we’re free enough .. it can’t not be.. .. it has to be.. or the dance won’t dance

in the city.. as the day..

on – one’s best ideas being stymied at every point:

‘you will spend your time writing proposal rather than does research.. worse, because your proposals are judged by your competitors you cannot follow your curiosity, but must spend your effort/talents on anticipating and deflecting criticism rather than on solving the importan sci problems.. it is proverbial that original ideas are the kiss of death for proposals because they have not been proved to work’


common sense dictates:

to min and max david graeberthat’s pretty much the system we have now..

aka: graeber min\max law


publicly funded scholars treat findings as personal property.. less is published.. academic publisher ensure that findings that are published are more difficult to access, further enclosing the intellectual commons

yeah that.. paywall (doc) et al

but even deeper.. intellect ness is not the point of human being ness

all this is much noted. more subtle is the way the managerial ethos itself militate against the implementation of anything remotely adventurous or quirky, esp, if there is no prospect of immediate results..


i could go on but i assume the reader is getting the idea.. a timid, B spirit has come to suffuse every aspect of intellectual life.. more often than not it comes cloaked in a language of creativity, initiative, and entrepreneurialism.. but the language is meaningless.. the sort of thinkers most likely to come up w new conceptual breakthrus are the least likely to receive funding and if somehow breakthrus nonetheless occur, they will almost certainly never find anyone willing to follow upon the most daring implications

again.. not about intellect ness and problem solving ..

what we keep missing is how to get to 8b people living their fittingness – that’s the deeper (seemingly quirky/crazy) thing

again.. mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity– Luma Mufleh


.. as American power grew more and more secure, the country’s bureaucracy became less and less tolerant of its outliers.. t

ie: was .. people like feynman working for govt..

even deeper.. we’re totally missing the dance if we’re not hearing every voice.. everyday.. ie: imagine if we