Video Casting Lectures, The Future of Academia?

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Lately I have been spending more time than usual thinking about the future of education, not just in terms of how to use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom, but more broadly how the ubiquitous nature of knowledge and information is going to transform the institution of higher education. Now granted this is a large topic, and by no means do I have the time to write a post sufficiently addressing that issue, or even a post addressing one aspect of that question, but something I read on Smart Mobs got me to thinking.

A teacher at Woodland Park High School has turned the classic pedagogical structure around. Instead of having students come to class to listen to a lecture, and go home to do homework/problem sets, he records the lectures, students watch them at home, and they spend the class time working with the material in a hands-on way. So this idea coupled with a series of posts on edwired (a great blog you should add to your feed) about the future of the institution made me wonder is this the future? That is professors giving away content for free (lectures, ideas, the main substance) and than charging for the premium content of in class time. Perhaps. And, I am not sure this already doesn’t happen in some respects: MIT Open Course Ware, Yale Open Courses.

More later as I develop this . . . perhaps. In the meantime leave comments/thoughts.