One of the many things we do at HEQCO is read the trades. We try to keep up on the latest research, as well as the media commentary, relevant books and the blogosphere. We read the good, the bad, the controversial and the bland. This year, we thought it might be nice to share with you some of the best. We plan to post this column on Fridays every couple of weeks – or more frequently if demand warrants it. So, welcome to the first blog post of Need to Read.
First, a provocative post from the Harvard Business Review. And while it is a little too early to eulogize the degree, this is an interesting conversation to watch, nonetheless. Well-articulated here, expect it to pick up momentum over the next few years.
And a bit of required MOOCs chatter. The tails of this debate (MOOCs are everything/MOOCs are nothing) has grown a bit wearisome, but this is a thoughtful summation of the conversation up until now. And I remain convinced that MOOCs, as a tool and as a part of the evolution of higher education, will have their place.
Also this piece, from the consistently informative Lloyd Armstrong. If you aren’t following his Changing Higher Education blog, and you are interested in the disruption of higher ed, you might want to consider it.
And finally, a few choices from the Atlantic, which is doing some stand up work on higher education reporting and commentary lately. This first one is another take on MOOCs and what it means for the physical campus. Then there is this commentary on the need to broaden the scope of STEM to include art and design. Interesting.
On system design, two pieces for your reading pleasure. The first is from researchers in Australia looking at funding models for a good higher Ed system (NB: it’s behind a paywall, but the linked article here from Inside Higher Ed gives a good summary).
The second is from HEQCO alumni Andrew Boggs, now a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies in the UK. Boggs writes about recent developments in regulation of higher education in England.