September 6, 2009

edupunks and the seminary

I've shared some thoughts and questions about theological education in the past here, here and here. With that in mind, Fast Company has an interesting article on the topic of changing culture and higher education entitled, "How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education." The article says in one part, "The challenge is not to bring technology into the classroom ... The challenge is to capture the potential of technology to lower costs and improve learning for all." And there are schools all over experimenting with this. Whether it be video of lectures, course content online, etc. It's all moving this direction. So, my mind moves to the question, "What are people looking for a higher education paying for then?!" To me the answer seems to be quite simple: the opportunity to learn within context with face-to-face dialog [relationship?]. It's not the content people are willing to pay for, it's interpersonal exchange and context that they will pay for. Certainly the dialog piece can happen over the web but there still seems to be something quite unique about the exchange that happens when applying what one learns in the same context.

How is this addressed in theological training?

What do you think? Do you agree with me? If not, why?

HT: Geoff Hsu for handing me a copy of FC

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