Looking ahead to the next two classes, I thought some of you might be interested in the thinking and projects of Tim Cook. I have been vaguely following Tim's work since he launched the experimental higher education lab, Saxifrage School, in 2009. The idea was inspiring: create a lost-cost HE option that would meet in the community, cultivate a major skill and a major of study and be based in liberal arts inquiry.
Saxifrage asked a lot of the questions that have come up in our class, such as why college needs to be so expensive, and whether our current model of higher education really prepares us for life in the "real world." The intro video to Saxifrage (below) will appear to oversimplify some huge issues after the discussions we have had in class, but it does a nice job of explaining the vision for a new type of education. I'd love to hear reactions to this vision.
Tim Cook now works for the Sprout Fund which is more of a community development organization in Pittsburgh, but he also keeps a blog on Medium that covers a lot of trends in higher ed tech (like badges, OER, etc), if anyone is interested in that sort of thing.