Aired: November 16, 2013

The Future of Higher Education

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In May of 2012, Harvard and MIT announced a partnership to provide free courses to anyone, anywhere, sparking an intense debate about the future of a bricks and mortar education. With Good Reason shares highlights from University of Mary Washington’s Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference, sponsored by the State Council for Higher Education, including a panel moderated by Jeffrey McClurken (University of Mary Washington) where experts weighed in on the future of higher education. Also featured: Gardner Campbell (Virginia Commonwealth University) argues that the pursuit of wisdom should be the teaching aim in all higher education. Colleen Taylor (Virginia State University, John Tyler Community College) is seeing improvements among her chemistry students after adopting the so-called “flipped classroom,” where students watch her recorded lectures online and reserve classroom time for working on problems together in groups. Plus: We’ll talk with author Ron Berler, who spent a year inside an elementary school deemed “failing” by No Child Left Behind. His experience is chronicled in the new book Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools.


4 Comments on “The Future of Higher Education”

  1. Joseph A. Salmon, Jr.

    “The Future of Higher Education” is timely–maybe, a professional discussion of the future of the SOLS–Standards of Learniing. (434)793-1659

  2. klibby Post author


    Thanks for your comment. In fact, we’ll be featuring a very engaging interview in this show with Ron Berler, who spent a year embedded in a “failing school.” Students at this elementary school in Connecticut are required to take standardized tests comparable to the SOLs. I think the interview with Berler is at least a good starting point for these kinds of discussions. Look for the show on our website this Friday, and I hope you’ll let us know your thoughts here or through our social media channels.

    Take care,

  3. Kelley Libby

    Hi Nell,

    The title of Ron Berler’s book is Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools.

    Thanks for listening!

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