Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PLN 25

In the article “An Open Mind (In Higher Ed at Least)” by Will Richardson, the author talks about an article he read that talked about the impact on educational resources from the advent of MIT OpenCourseWare. One of the things that I noticed is that Will describes the article as a balanced read, which don’t seem to appear very often, no matter what the article is about. Another part of the article interviews one of the founders of Peer 2 Peer University, Neeru Paharia, who says “Having a degree is a signal. It is a signal to employers that you’ve passed a certain bar.” The article also says, “Ms. Paharia doesn’t think degrees are necessary. P2PU is working to come up with alternative signals that indicate to potential employers that an individual is a good thinker and has the skills he or she claims to have — maybe a written report or an online portfolio.” I think that this would be a great way for people to get the jobs they want (or at least put them on the road to them) even if they don’t have the money to go college. This is what matters to me in Will Richardson’s “An Open Mind (In Higher Ed at Least)”.

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