Oprah has a great book club, so why can’t I? And, since I love higher education, I’m putting a new spin on the model. Instead of starting just a book club, I’m taking things up a notch and starting the first Massive Open Online Book Club (MOOBC).
Won’t you join me? To be really newsworthy, I’ll need several of you – along with your best friends and colleagues, of course – to join me, so please pass the word. We can reach 25 million, right?
Following the educational nature of book clubs – and courses – we’ll have to learn something in this MOOBC. I’m going to facilitate your learning by challenging you to read things you haven’t yet read and – with my apologies to the Scarecrow – think of things you’ve never thought before. We are going to stay open-minded and tolerant of divergent opinions as we go about changing the world. In the spirit of a MOOC, I’ll even provide a few quizzes and tests to make sure you’ve grasped the most critical concepts.
This is going to be fun! If this gets as big as I think it might, I’m going to be busy grading. I’ll need some Teaching Assistants. I’ll need a website. And, I’ll need a learning management system.
Oh, and there has to be chocolate. No book club is really a success unless it has chocolate involved, in my opinion.
Up first will be College (Un)Bound by Jeffrey Selingo. In it, Jeff, editor-at-large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, outlines some of the current challenges facing higher education and what we all must accept in order to meet the wave of changes that are coming. Here’s your first assignment:
Read the book and meet up to discuss it with people who care about student service on your campus. Debate what the book says. Decide what the implications are in your region, on your campus and in your department. Dedicate to making one small change that will ready you to address one of the transformations you see becoming a reality at your institution.
I could go on and on. But, don’t miss this thought: MOOCs, and how institutions will respond to them, will change higher education. Preparing to meet future demands requires the presence of the most flexible systems and processes possible and is best served by a true digital campus and a comprehensive but secure view of every student and staff member on campus.
[This post originally appeared on the Hyland blog and is republished with permission.]