The Unfolding Revolution in Education

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Trend in ELT Assignment
Gertjan van Stam
Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC)Harare, Zimbabwe
This is the text of the address at the meeting of the Asso-ciation of Computer Teacher Zimbabwe, ACTZ, 11 February 2013, inHarare, Zimbabwe.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1 Introduction
Revolution is in the air! Revolution, where the ’old’ goes, and the ’new’ comes.A fundamental change in power and organisational structures is taking place ina relatively short period of time. And this revolution is in
.There is a growing swell of written opinion emerging, that show the signsof this revolution. For instance, not even two weeks ago, The Globe and Mailreported from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos about ’The weekuniversity (as we know it) ended’ [1]. And last week, the Wall Street Journalreported about how the ’Big MOOC Coursera is moving towards AcademicAcceptance [2]. MOOC stands for
Massive Open Online Courses
.There is a revolution unfolding as we have never seen it before, and it is allbecause of the ubiquitousness of computing, which is exactly the field you areaddressing.
2 Birds in the Air
Let me give you some ideas about what is going on.
Khan Academy
, is an online school. At first it was just one person, SalKhan, in his home. In 2006 he started posting lessons he created for his cousinson
You Tube
. By 2010, Khan Academy starting growing out of this one-maneffort. The online school has now delivered over 235 million lessons [3]. Theselessons cover almost everything in the the primary and secondary curriculum,and the academy is open for students, 24 hours/7 days a week, for free.
, started with two people and now involves a little over 20 persons.It has amassed more than 2.6 million registered users who access the world’sbest academic courses, online. Available 24/7, for free.
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