1. Lots of talk about work from home, tele-medicine etc brought on by COVID-19 crisis. All of this is accelerating shifts occurring before the crisis. I think the biggest "disruption" brought on by the pandemic will be to education -and not just higher education. https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1280179888134262785
2. It is hard to say what how these changes in education will play out, but the crisis will initiate these changes, which will play out over many years.
3. When it comes to higher-ed this is not only about costs, although costs have gotten insanely high. It is about more effective ways to deliver content & achieve learning.
4. Having been a professor for nearly four decades, the idea of having large lectures or even large sections makes less and less sense. The instructor talks through material that can be read or viewed on line. Students take notes (or not, maybe check their phones, laptops).
5. I always say I can impact my net new knowledge to someone(s) in a lecture or two, what to do with the other dozen or couple of dozen. Our role is not to regurgitate but to guide the learning process.
6. A lot of what we do in a higher-ed classroom, though not all of it can be done online.
7. What is really valuable is working close with students on projects or one on one on research, kind of an apprentice model, where real learning and development takes place. On-line frees up cycles to do more of that.
8. So I think this year's disruption will cause not just providers but consumers of higher ed to think long and hard about what they are doing and what they are paying for.
9. But I think even bigger changes may come to k-12 education, especially in the United States. Again hard, if not impossible, to predict in advance. But here is what I see, esp as the father of 2 young girls.
10. More and more people are questioning the value of traditional school, esp if they are working from home and have the flexibility that brings.
11. More & more people are saying, I'll keep my kid home this year. I am hearing this from people who never, ever would have considered "home-schooling" and would scoff at me when I suggested it.
12. These are many of the same people who scoffed at work from home. But somehow, something has gone off in their brains.
13. They are talking about setting up neighborhood based "classes," pooling resources etc etc.
14. Look I could go on and on about this, and maybe we will just revert to the old educational model. But from what I can see, people are questioning & reimagining education in ways that were simply out-of-the-question a year ago. Would very much appreciate your thoughts.
15. Of course, any such changes will magnify already horrendous educational &n locational inequities, especially in the locally-funded US context, magnifying already-existing class and racial inequities and advantages.