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ERIC Number: EJ1057174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-31
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
The Death of Teaching … and Birth of Learning
Butin, Dan; Mahajan, Sanjoy
New England Journal of Higher Education, Mar 2015
Seemingly every day brings a new moment where educators must confront the reality that they no longer know how to control nor predict what higher education will become. With this lack of control comes a flailing for next steps, any steps, in an attempt to secure a future. In this article, the authors suggest that there is a way to understand such chaos that can shed light on what should be done. Dan Butin and Sanjoy Mahajan state that what higher education appears to be experiencing now appears to be the death knell of teaching, and that what will determine the fate and role of colleges and universities in our society is whether educators can transform the death of teaching into the birth of learning. The authors argue that the problem is that if the old-guard professoriate is viewed solely as the vehicle performing adequate transmission of academic information, then they will most surely need to be replaced. In the next few years, digital learning technologies will continue to dramatically improve and become significantly better as a transmission model of education. They consider that it is exactly in this moment where an answer may reside, for what has been missing from this story is the obvious yet profound realization that education is not the transfer of information but the transformation of knowledge. Technology is a tool and cannot on its own support students' careful analysis of and engagement with a complex and ill-structured world. That is what new-world faculty are for. The authors conclude by saying that rather than curse technology and all that it represents, educators ought to praise and foster its ability to transmit information so that educators can step up and help their students transform information into knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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