"Sometimes You’ve Got to Run With Scissors in Order to be a Cut Above"
My lifetime of experience includes stints as a professor of graphic design, as a practicing creative director and business owner with four Fortune 500 companies as clients, illustrator, entrepreneur (creator of the Alphabotz and their Superphonic Decoder Cards, and blogger (www.cutzandpastes launches next week). Currently working to develop a gamified approach to English Language Learning called Phonix Comix.
Thank you, Terry. I am thinking that advisement could be handled online and we could take advantage of Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, etc. There would still need to be a skilled team of counselors who knew the offerings and could point students in the right direction—but they could work from anywhere in the world. As for certification, a community of professionals and other stakeholders (even students—sometimes they are tougher on each other than we are) in each field could vet and propose the criteria and certification—we could build something open source like Wikipedia did over time with input and oversight. I love your connection to gamification—that would be a great metaphor for this project as it is like one big complex game! Someone is going to build it—it is just a matter of time, and it will seriously disrupt the traditional university.
Great course—would love to hear about the outcome. I actually had a similar idea and presented it during my MFA thesis defense back in 2007. I was asked the question, “Do you think that design will continue to be the provenance of Art Schools,” and I responded, “No.” They were shocked. Do you remember the book, Cluetrain Manifesto . . . The train keeps leaving the station, and no one gets on! Enrollment is declining, new players emerge daily—we HAVE to get out of our silos and get on that train, yesterday!!!
Thank you so much for your kind words and links. StartUp Weekends are a great way to test the waters and work out kinks. And just like this challenge, you meet such amazing people and your resources magnify by powers of ten. Your idea for rural and underserved communities is outstanding. I especially love your inclusion of mental health services. Our ideas are quite sympatico!