The Future Of College: Forget Lectures And Let The Students Lead "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and forgotten the gift." -- Albert Einstein In human-centered design observing how users modify a tool so that it takes on a different function or better addresses a need can be the basis for innovation. As we strive to design new learning systems, the same idea applies: We can also look at the learners? dynamic ability to self-organize and adapt institutional learning. Higher education is nearing a tipping point that will require massive change. Nearly all emerging patterns for learning involve having students attempt to solve real-world problems. The Global Engagement Summit at Northwestern University is a student-led organization that exemplifies what college students can do when they wish to explore beyond the institution's offerings. We can't look to top-down dictation to drive societal change. [Top image by fdecomite]
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Alimentación Separación inútil de Artes y ciencias What Google’s Cafeterias Can Teach Us About School Lunches Fifty years ago, a cheap lunch ladled onto a tray was a decent enough perk at premier American companies, such as Ford or Eastman Kodak. Today, that wouldn’t do in Silicon Valley, where in-house “cafés” have become a microcosm of modern cookery: a dedicated staff of bakers at Cisco, for example, or an Indian chef at eBay preparing curries spiced by decades of experience. It’s tempting to conclude that American firms have simply gotten richer, as have blue-chip workers. But this shift from an industrial approach towards food, in favor of one that’s more handcrafted, illustrates how American ideals about labor have changed—and also, how institutional food went haywire in the bargain. “Food service used to be purely about workplace productivity,” says Fedele Bauccio, the founder of Bon Appétit Management, a company that quietly staffs many of Silicon Valley’s swankiest corporate cafeterias, including eBay, Oracle, and Yahoo! Read more about Google’s cafeteria hacks.