I am struggling still to narrow the view of my topic to something specific. Wrestling with alternative routes and college, this is debate right now with the rise of massive open online courses. There is one argument that MOOCs will completely fail. Most people still do not believe in these alternative routes either such as the Thiel Fellowship or Enstitute. Thiel Fellowship gives 100k for students to stop out of school to pursue an idea. People do not think that this is a viable option beside college. There are a number of reasons credibility, maturing of students, and belief that college is the only way. Today, I do no think we are ready to accept some of these alternative routes for everyone. I do however, support these methods for passion and driven students. Technology is shaping the world every single day and there needs to be engaging learning experiences in colleges. There are here and there but for the most part we are stuck in power point lecture driven courses. Finding that balance between engaging online learning and a professors that connects with students is going to be key for universities. I have applied to programs like Hack Reactor & Enstitute. My experience with one of them was great until the end of the application round when they cut the finalists. Hack Reactor looks like an amazing program. I look at it more as a “Grad School” because it is focused on industry trends. We need to have that theory still which is what college provides. In the best light, we could have a hybrid of these programs. Instead of denying them as many do, why don’t we combine them to get best of both sides?
I agree that there are skills outside of our degree that we gain through our college experience because my leadership experiences through student organizations confirms it. Richard emphasizes the importance of gaining more than the coursework while we are in school. Through my experiences, these skills he talks about plus my knowledge has helped me in my internships.
Though I concede that GPA is not a key to unlock all opportunities, I still insist that you need to have a deeper understanding of your field and possibly other signals to show your value. Friedman is right that colleges are under delivering, but he seems on more dubious ground when he claims that we are ready for major alternatives to college.
Beaky’s claim that people would not desire to go to a community college where it leads to one job rests upon the questionable assumption that all people are looking for higher education. There are circumstances where people have to go to school quickly to get just a job. This could lead to the financial ability to take night classes or something similar.
By focusing on the data for the benefits of higher education, Pew Research Center overlooks the deeper problem of the quality of that education. They should focus on the possibility and success of alternative routes. Better yet, they should help students understand which colleges are better for their major. In the report, they talk about the relevance of the degree that students gained. I believe they should help encourage students and enlighten them to which colleges fit them.
Ray’s theory of job replacement being lower skilled jobs is extremely useful because it sheds light on the need for students to understand what career they want and go after the major to help them achieve that. Students can not idly go by in school with how expensive tuition has become.
Thwing is mistaken because she overlooks that not everyone is religious in college. Even if they are, I am finding more spiritual growth from my church that is detached from college. College is usually a time as well where students fall prey to partying and sexual temptations.
Growing up and going through the secondary education, I never really questioned what my schooling was for or even worth it until senior year. Etched in stone for the next step after high school for many of us is college. To be honest, I had never sat down and thought about alternatives to this path. My whole perspective changed in one class senior year. After the end, I would never be the same. Walking in at the beginning of the school year, groups form and choose a project to work on for the rest of the semester. In short, I was so engrossed in our project that I would often loose track of time while working. That semester I learned more in those late hours reading and exploring than any other class in my educational history. A need seed was planted and it was self-directed learning. Taking this experience with me to FIRST Robotics and sharing it their with important people at a luncheon where I represented students is what would turn out to be the pivot point in my life. From this encounter, I would welcome a handle full of new mentors into my life. I knew something had happened that day that would change my life but did I ever underestimate the impact of those relationships. Multiple internships, trips across America, a whole network foundation, and memories to last a life time are a few of the benefits that would come from my mentors.
Let us dive into one specific trip to San Francisco for an extended weekend. Uncollege is an organization that strives to show students that college is not the answer for everyone. They want everyone to hack their education and be in the drivers seat weather you are a drop out or an undergraduate. From then on out, I started questioning and becoming aware for what a college education really was and could be. Was my degree enough to get hired for a career? Could I take other paths? I began seeking out answers and attending conferences.
My question was sparked by the proposal of David Rey at TEDxOU 2014. He asked us the students to answer “What is a college education?”. I highly suggest watching the video. Why are you in college? Will your degree be enough? I know I am learning a lot about OSU CS Dept that I did not know. I will only say one thing and that is that they have never had ABET accreditation. We need to be informed about what we are investing are time and money into.
Found out that I accidentally posted this BP on the wrong blog and wrote two:
This was the first one that I lost.
I found that each article brought something a bit different to the table. Digging down and capturing exactly what the author is saying can be difficult. With my question, everyone defines college education differently. Some tend to say what is lacking and skills that we need outside of our degree. Others focus on what it means to not get a college degree. While, some focus on what already is there and how to make the most of it. I have been taking all of these sources in and weighing what they have to say. My view on my opportunity alone that I am in college has greatly increased. We are blessed to be able to further our education and invest in our future. Self realization and inner growth are huge parts of growing while in college. Numerous articles talked about the improvement of oneself. By doing these summaries, I have to look deep into meaning because I have to explain what they are conveying. This can be difficult when reading a scholarly article. Sometimes they use language that is not to the point but the meaning is hidden within words. Next time, I will skim over sources before deciding on them. Some sources I want to write more on and it is hard not to. For example, the research report is sixty plus pages and it is hard to define down to a couple of sentences what they are proving.
I enjoyed researching this topic. One thing I found was that writing these summaries really helped you hone in on what the source was really about. After nailing this down, I could really see which sources contributed more and which did not. Using the fill in the blank template was extremely helpful in just focusing on the content. Next go around, I would have finished each summary right after reading the source. I had to skim four or five times when writing this essay because I would forget the main points or arguments. I had highlighted most of them which saved me in the end. It is hard using the format we did because you have to state what the author was attempting to say. I might have gone through more sources if I this was the only thing I had to focus on. This topic is really important to me and I wish I can go deeper into the meaning. Some of the sources when I dug deep did not hit exactly what I needed but had support for certain aspects. My sources worked together to create a complete covering of the topic. Each contributed their own side of the story and helped develop the overall answer. I found it interesting seeing how some that I thought were strong were not as much as others after breaking them down.
This week I went to the library and checked out two books that I could read for essay 2. One book published more recently “What is College for? The Public Purpose of Higher Education” by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann and Harry Lewis. This book is great so far in address the purpose of a college degree. It also talks about what is lacking in our current higher ed setting. Next, I checked out “What is college for? The Struggle to Define American Higher Education?” by Zachary Karabell. This book is from 1998. Comparison between both books will be extremely interesting to see how the state of higher education has changed. My methods have been to read over them and highlight key points as I read. There are still many sources I need to read but the ones I have are providing great insight. One of the important aspects I paid attention to was to have sources from different sides. I have learned that a sometimes the articles are off even though the title sounds appealing. I am going to have to see if I can get a transcript of a video or just write down highlights from some of the key points the speaker talks about. I read differently if I am looking for information for research than simply for pleasure. Right now, I need to catch back up on finishing my sources and everything. I have had a crazy week with different things happening.
Forming a research question, I thought about something that I would love to dive deep into the topic. Right now, my questions is what is a college education? Some of the sub points that will be looked at possibly are: Is college for everyone? What is a degree worth? Does just getting a degree set you up to get a job? How does the MOOC craze affect tuition? This question has the potential to be narrowed down as I continue my research. Looking for initial sources was easy because this is a topic that I think about quite often. A TEDx talk I saw at OU helped inspire this question for the essay.
Databases to books is what I am using to get diversified list of sources. Some of the sources are in support of college and others criticize it for various problems. I will be ordering a couple of books off of Amazon to help develop my answer. The area of education has run through all of my blog posts and dbs responses. Professor Mulliken has helped me weight some of the sub-questions that I could be asking. Never have I looked forward to an essay like this before. OSU’s Library has great resources for us to be able to access scholarly articles and other sources. It time to dive into all of these articles and sources that I have printed and develop some summaries.
“Tech Workshops, Early Adopters Help Overcome Fears of Faculty” by Tanya Roscorla talks about fears of faculty in higher ed in adoption of technology. Professors are sometimes reluctant to use certain technology in the classroom and this isn’t based on weather or not it will help the students. Tanya talks about how for tech integration to be successful within higher ed there needs to be workshops and training programs. One of the major arguments is that Professors are flat out scared to use technology because of the uncertain change it will bring about. Through out this article, she focuses on one professor who attend one of these workshops and began recording his lectures. At first for him, it was scary to put his raw lectures out there for everyone. Soon, he saw the benefit that the students were getting out of it by being able to review them. Other professors within his department were reluctant and were found saying that this is how they are going to replace me. Educators sometimes jump to these conclusions that technology is there to boot them out. The argument to this was technology is actually there to enhance the classroom and the teachings. Slowly, others began to use this same technique in their classrooms. Tanya makes a emphasis on slowly over time introducing technology as such was done for PowerPoint. We can not force feed educators technology and expect them to disgust everything. Technology personal and early adopters jobs is to lead by example and slowly present new opportunities to expand the classroom. This concept does not apply only to higher ed but to secondary education as well.