Beard, Robert: Will the Twenty-First Century Need Universities?, in: http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/rbeard/papers/universities.html, Bucknell University, Haverford College, presented on April 23 1998.

THEMES: Beard, Robert
YEAR: 1998
 
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Presented at Haverford College, 8 pm, April 23, 1998
Will the Twenty-First Century Need Universities?
Robert Beard
Bucknell University
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Role of the teacher:
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While on one side innovators within a faculty find that
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"Satan himself could not have devised a more diabolic way of conveying information than a highly educated adult reading a specialized lecture to a classroom of uninitiated teenagers taking notes",
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on the other side a number of faculty members fear to lose this very symbol of traditional higher education -- lecturing in a physical classroom [Beard-1998a].
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In their "Throw Me a Rope" article ("a distance learning faculty guide") Clay/Grover mention that "teaching in a distance learning mode may promote high anxiety among novice distance learning faculty" [Clay/Grover-1995a]. Jaffee suggests that the arrival of the "virtual classroom that dematerializes the physical classroom setting ... poses the greatest perceived threat ... and prompts the most negative reaction from faculty" [Jaffee-1998a].
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