Centres for Higher Learning Now an Access Node

Yeah yeah this report has been around for a while, but it has new meaning now with collaborative user generated education just around the corner:
The public directly accesses dot-com or dot-org information sources far more than those of higher education institutions…
The college or university has gone from the “center” to an “access node” on the knowledge network.

Educase is a splendiferous resource for any teacher or educator who wants to comprehend the strategy and changes inherent with the move towards emergent technologies in education.

Case in point? Wiki education delivered by wikibooks. In this eSchoolNews article a revolution is quietly occurring.
The Wikimedia Foundation–the group known best for the open-source, freely licensed encyclopedia project Wikipedia, which invites users to write, edit, and expand upon encyclopedia entries to create a collaborative, free-to-use online information resource–has begun a similar initiative for textbooks.
If the effort catches on, it could have a profound impact on the for-profit textbook and online content markets for schools.

“I think that Wikibooks and projects like it will challenge licensed textbooks in the same way that Linux [the open-source computer operating system] and other free software and licensing models are challenging the software world,” said Wales. “I don’t know where it’s going, but things are definitely changing.”
I think I know where’s its going. I just hope that developing countries catch up fast… this could change the face of education for all time.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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