18 Jan New Ideas for Higher Education
A 2013 Conference Paper
This compilation explores the idea that a new way of teaching and learning could replace the traditional on-campus, set-syllabus university model.
The focus of the first twelve reports is on e-learning. This body of research and analysis evaluates almost every aspect of e-learning, including (but not limited to):
- An exploration of the application of online learning methods;
- Implications of e-learning for access;
- Implications for the national curriculum;
- Whether current courses can be taught wholly online;
- Potential financial models for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); and
- How universities in Britain and abroad can approach e-learning.
The final two reports explore different alternative education models that, given a blank state, one might want to adopt. One considers self-set syllabi, something that could take off in conjunction with the rise of e-learning as it becomes more feasible for students to construct and tailor the content of their education. The other is a report authored by two ex-Cambridge students who now run Action Tutoring, a self-started social initiative seeking to provide free tuition to underprivileged children through working with volunteers. This special report ex- plores the theory and practice of applying a private tutoring model on a voluntary basis and the implications it has for our existing educational framework.