University 2.0

What is university 2.0? This is just an idea I am mulling about. With the cost of education going up, people may not have time, money and commitment to study beyond Bachelors or Masters all the way to complete a PhD. That doesn’t mean at a later stage they can’t continue to invest time and effort in something they are passionate about. If that something is inline with the work they are doing that would be even better.

However, to do independent research, why should that be termed as University 2.0? Well, that’s where I want to explore the Web 2.0 ideas into this independent research. Perhaps, there will be open, free (or inexpensive) collaboration to do research. For example, an open source research journal, willing volunteers ready to spend time mentoring the research aspirants (this should be possible just the same way people are ready to contribute to Wikipedia) and perhaps even virtual degrees (well, those who are interested in researching on the side, perhaps don’t really care about the certificates, but hae, why not?). And as these days every social-network system seems to be interested in giving a number to everything (perhaps it all started with PageRank?), some kind of a popularity ranking to each research.

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One response to “University 2.0

  1. mackenzie

    I don’t know if there is any sense in the term University 2.0 at all, just as with Web 2.0, but nevertheless there are people interested.

    One possibility is something rather like the UK’s Open University, which I think does now use online tools extensively. There are other universities around the world which are using more flexible methods for learning and teaching.

    Does a university have to be formal, and does it have to be degree awarding?

    There are universities (e.g Phoenix) which are now have a very strong presence for distance and online learning. Do these operate in very different ways from conventional universities? Do any of the Web 2.0 features help, or make the experience different?

    See for a workshop about all this.

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