Indeed it is.

This video is a good example of a professor transcending “The Synchronous Non-interactive Fallacy” I wrote about in January 2006.

Hat tip to Tony Vincent.

I’ve added this video to my “Videos for PD” blog page under the first section heading, “Schools Need to Change.”

This video looks and sounds great, but the question is, what are the professors at Kaplan actually doing to blend learning?

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3 Responses to It’s Time for a New Kind Of University

  1. Greg Stager says:

    I thought that this was a very intriguing video. I would say that I have to echo the question of “What are they actually doing?” It is somewhat comforting to know that change is happening.

    I wonder how long it will take for that kind of mentality to take a firm hold of the K-12 sector.

    Of course, maybe that is the idea behind the commercial…to drive enough curiosity to get phone calls, e-mails, and applications coming in. Who knows?

    This is a commercial that is certainly worthy of sharing with the staff.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is my all-time favorite video (even though it’s from a for-profit U that I am not affiliated with. I think the Fresh Prince would be proud of his Uncle Phil!

    . . . the New York Times also liked it (and to answer the question posed by the article – yes, Virginia, Online Universities do have Virtual Cheerleaders – I am one of them).

    I think the Kaplans, Phoenixs, and Strayers of the world have the best chance to apply this type of pedagogy (actually andragogy), since most of the long-in-the-tooth “learn as I learn” teaching is going on in the Public University system, where until recently there was little focus on the operating budget and efficiency.

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