Academia Open to Thought, Closed to Thinkers

I don’t think I fully grasped the implications of this until my own access was cut off from Rutgers University. Because of this, I cannot see beyond snippets of the latest articles written by my peers unless I’d like to pay the exorbitant per article fee.

Each of these obstacles is a microcosm of the systemic problems plaguing the academic world today. Information is hoarded by institutions more interested in profitability than pedagogy.

Ownership is privileged over access and universities become less bastions of public knowledge than toll-extracting gatekeepers, hoarding scholarship for the privileged few able to have the connections to get in and to afford skyrocketing tuition costs.

Access, in academia and beyond, is a political question relegated to the back burner, one that needs to be reckoned with to have any chance of saving “higher learning.”

Source: Stephen McNulty via Cyborgology

Using Social Media in Education

Social media is a learning tool, a course of study, a source of new revenues and a way to enhance marketing, admissions, retention and career placement.

Social media offers a significant competitive advantage to educational organizations because of its proven appeal to consumers, the lack of products offered, and a substantial body of knowledge from other industries that can inform new approaches. MIT scientist Andrew McAfee believes that Enterprise Social Software Platforms (what we think of as social media) will “have about as big an impact on the informal processes as large-scale systems have had on the formal processes.”

Source: Rethinking Thinking