Randy Bass believes that advances in technology should flip the fundamental goals of universities. We need to focus less on developing skills and more on fostering character; it’s about context over content.
The distinctive universities of the coming decades will emphasize learning styles and experiences that foster qualities like ethical judgment, collaboration, resilience and integrity. It’s an inversion of the current model that teaches content and hopes to develop character as a by-product. Soon, that process should be reversed.
Questions to think about:
What makes learning environments distinctive and valuable to society?
How should we define the fundamental business of universities?
Randy Bass is vice-provost for education and a professor of English at Georgetown University. He was the founding executive director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship where he continues to serve as a senior scholar for pedagogical research.