The Academic Revolution

The academic revolution is a term that is coming to mean a great many different thrusts including enhancing active learning, developing both theory and methodology for effective distance education including massively open online courses (MOOCs), models of instruction that do not include lecture-based instruction, and many many others. 

This page and its subpages are for bringing together threads in this "academic revolution" that are of possible interest in the College of Engineering. In effect, this section of the CEER website is meant as a public information board to help us all stay in touch with developments as they unfold locally. 

Below is a TED movie that will give you a glimpse of one thread in the revolution (MOOCs and their potential) but will also broadly give you a view of the impetus for change in higher education. 

If you are looking for a short definition of what the "academic revolution" is – that is a little hard to come by. But here is one attempt:

"In the coming decade, emerging technologies will thoroughly transform higher education. Although distance learning and computer-assisted education have been around since the 1960s, financial pressures are forcing institutions to develop aggressive online programs.

When education goes online, how professors teach, what students learn and how institutions are structured will change significantly."

Although there are many, many threads that weave together to form the tapestry of the academic revolution, the topics listed below are of the most interest locally.