College “Irrelevant” by 2020

This is the message delivered last year by David Wiley to a room full of professors and university administrators.  A professor of psychology and instructional technology at Brigham Young University, Wiley says that colleges and universities continue to act as if they have a monopoly on education.  I’m not going into much more detail here.  Read the Deseret News story (link).((Jarvik. Elaine. ” Universities will be ‘irrelevant’ by 2020, Y. professor says,” Deseret News 20 Apr 2009. Web.23 Apr 2009. <>.))

But the quote that really caught my attention and my imagination was:

Higher education doesn’t reflect the life that students are living. In that life, information is available on demand, files are shared, and the world is mobile and connected. Today’s colleges, on the other hand, are typically “tethered, isolated, generic, and closed.”

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.