What should we do to save Higher Education?
I wonder if we could use energy as a metaphor to Higher Education. Can we save energy (Higher Education) using a behavioral approach? Rather than telling people how much they could save by investing in education, or what benefits they could have in receiving Higher Education, could we compare how much we could save as compared to our neighbor in terms of the expense (cost) we could save by having Higher Education?
The need of intellectual and scholastic development, not just skills
I am all for the intellectual development, creative, critical thinking skills and scientific mindset embedded in degrees courses offered by Higher Education institutions.
I still believe in degrees offered by Universities to be of great education values to students, and so Higher Education is here to stay. As compared to Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education calls for a “higher” order education and learning which requires more than the practical and vocational skills, and are challenging people to further their advancement in the creation of new and emergent knowledge and research capability, so as to tackle more difficult and complex wicked problems in the world.
It is overly simplistic and short sighted to provide industry and businesses with a pool of “skilled” labors who could competently do the existing work only. The world requires a futuristic sets of literacies and competencies where jobs and careers are yet to be created and established.
So, my question is: Is MOOC the answer to these problems and challenges?
I don’t have the answer.