[ASC-list] Brisbane: UQ Psychology Public Lecture

Melanie McKenzie melaniemckenzie at mac.com
Tue Oct 27 06:21:53 UTC 2009


SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY FREE PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

Title: The Future of the University

Presenter: Professor Phillip Long

Date and Time: Thursday, 5 November at 6:30pm

Venue: The University of Queensland, Advanced Concept Teaching Space  
(ACTS) - Level 1 of the Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 132


Abstract:
The current model for tertiary education is largely based on a  
presumption that knowledge is scarce. From the layout of learning  
spaces (lecture halls/classrooms), to the rules by which access is  
permitted (selected individuals are permitted limited access to chosen  
knowledge for defined time periods), to the units of knowledge  
preservation and distribution (primarily paper/print-based media, and,  
where transformed by technology, still largely linear/ text  
structures), our institutions are designed to protect and transmit  
this knowledge in an authoritative structure (academic staff  
professing). Yet our world is being transformed by an explosion of  
information and information technology and we are all becoming capable  
of being "prosumers"-producers as well as consumers-of knowledge.  The  
university experience, which was once defined by the four walls and  
the instructor's class syllabus, is being
questioned for its relevance, its importance and ultimate value for  
students in the 21st century.

With the explosion of information technology and network connections  
revealing information's abundance rather than scarcity, what role, if  
any, does the university play amidst the growing alternative sources  
for acquiring knowledge? Is there a future for the university in the  
context of its educational role as a place for the transfer of  
knowledge from generation to generation? What are characteristics that  
will describe it? If there isn't what will become of it? How will it  
retain relevance in the face of the global challenges facing today's  
societies? Eric Hoffer, a self educated philosopher wrote, "In times  
of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find  
themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer  
exists." How can universities avoid becoming anachronisms?

For more information, email Dr Jason Tangen - jtangen at psy.uq.edu.au



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