In order to push the world in the right direction, we need to provide the education that will give people the tools to create new solutions, and we need to create a global collaboration infrastructure.
We need a generation of highly skilled innovators, entrepreneurs and thinkers to band and work together. In order to do this, these people will have to be highly educated. And virtual reality has the power to reshape how we learn.
In the virtual classrooms of the future, the path from inspiration to education to creation won’t happen over the course of years. It can happen in the span of an hour. Lessons will rely far less on memorization and rather on inspiring students with challenges and allowing them to craft solutions.
Google has just partnered with General Assembly to offer a series of short, noncredit courses for people who want to learn how to build applications for Android in just 12 weeks from novice to employable.
This is just one of a slew of big announcements this fall coming out of a peculiar, fast-growing corner of the higher education world: the coder bootcamp.
Bootcamps are designed to teach cutting-edge technical skills. Charging between $10,000 and $20,000 for tuition, with no previous experience required, in the course of just three to six months they promise to make participants highly employable in a lucrative and fast-growing industry.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced EQUIP, a new pilot program allowing federal student loans to be accessible to students attending coding bootcamps.
This year about 70 bootcamps will graduate 16,000 students. Unaccredited, 3-10x faster and far less expensive than college, these programs promise (and mostly deliver) stable, junior programming jobs.
Bootcamps have happily co-opted the language of traditional schools. There’s admissions, graduation, alumni services, career counsellors and job fairs. But when it comes to a standard definition for graduation bootcamps stumble, claiming job placement is the only meaningful metric.
In 2008 three young men applied to Y Combinator (YC), a school for startups, looking for help with their tiny firm, AirBed & Breakfast. Today, Airbnb is one of the most talked-about startups, valued at $25.5 billion.
Graduating from YC is a priceless asset in the tech industry. For its spring 2015 batch YC received more than 6,700 applications and accepted around 1.6% of them. In contrast, Harvard’s admissions rate was 5.3%.
Today fast-growing startups are celebrated as the centres of innovation and influence in technology. By providing training and producing a group of successful alumni, YC has helped popularise the idea that startups are a viable career.
During Faculty Bulldog Days, it’s the teachers’ turn to learn. They attend classes, complete required reading, and participate in discussions. Even Yale's President, Peter Salovey, took the opportunity to become a student for a day.
“The idea is to make teaching a community property on campus, to make the innovative teaching that happens in our classrooms part of the campus dialog,” said Scott Strobel, deputy provost for teaching and learning.
Why do companies struggle to become or remain “learning organizations”? Through research conducted over the past decade, we have drawn this conclusion: Biases cause people to focus too much on success, take action too quickly, try too hard to fit in, and depend too much on experts.
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