OBJECTIVE: The last three chapters of Teaching Naked really summarises the content of the entire book. Education has turned into a product, and with this product he explains how faculty, community, administration and government need to change or diversify the delivery system to expand with our technological advancements. I love how he discusses music delivery before the internet, (pg 218), and makes many references to the transformation in books and journalism, as it relates to our new product of education and the integration of technology. (pg222) He outlines that when any type of product changes it causes a disruption in the market, innovation will characterize higher education for some time to come. (pg225) Competitors have to revaluate their strengths and look for new advantages. This just means there will cause a shift in the system of education. There will be many things done that will be trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t work. Presentation of this new product is about customization, Similar to what happened to the delivery of music before the internet.
REFLECTIVE: I really enjoyed reading this book, many times I felt myself nodding my head in agreement and other times feeling like it was almost over my head with too much enforcement on using technology for teaching. But these last three chapters I see now how he is honing in on how these need to be approached in our new age world of living online but yet keep the quality and standard of maintaining a level of higher education. I can appreciate his perspective. But when did education become a “product”? It’s like everything else in society now where every business has become service orientated. It’s a great awareness and at every turn we are being rated and compared to other similar products and services, education is just following suite. Technology has given society the ability to research, evaluate and compare everything we do or purchase. Why should our school system be any different? In reference to the articles I found they both focus on customization. Really zeroing in on what the consumer wants is key, and making the product viable and successful.
I love how he makes the comparisons to music, books and journalism to where we were in history, by looking at our past we try to see where we are going in our future.
It’s a community responsibility in restructuring our education system. We have seen systems become so global and vast but we have to keep it local and customise design to maintain a balance.
I see this book in a shape of an hour glass; it starts out wide at the beginning (top) with a global fact of technology in the era of teaching and social transformation. Then it gets skinny in the middle with what actually happens on the classroom, how it can be utilised, and integration within this. Then the last few chapters, widen out again (the base) discussing the factors of the institution how community can get involved and the process of implementation.
INTERPRETIVE: I’ve been thinking this over allot as to the implications of what our future holds for the delivery of secondary education. It has to be determined what people value in order to what they want to pay for. Hence, the focus on customisation, more choices and diverse marketing. We have been introduced to allot of information when it comes to how to making these changes. The roles faculty plays, finding new and different “gatekeepers”. I see the author in his position as dean as he has a firsthand look being in the system as well as being a parent. I feel he’s trying to introduce concepts approaching from a few different angles, which I can appreciate. But who can really predict what is going to happen or how it will be played out?
The few articles I have found reflect what Bowen talks about in his book.
In the Designing Next-Generation Universities article, it’s really just a prediction of what the university setting will look like. Some of what this blog outlines kind of parallels what Bowen is talking about. “Personalization is one of the defining features of the digital economy, and it is only a matter of time before it reshapes higher education”. Chapter nine in Teaching Naked is really just a prediction, he’s making allot of analogies with the comparison to music and rightly so. It’s a very crafty way of looking at things.
He can look at it from the inside which is a view he has better than most. He is really trying to visualize the big picture of the future of education. Like the similarities with music and fast food we tend to go beyond what we really need to trying new things, like the technology that is available to us.
There seems to be a real market for advancement in education and the incentive to change and create a new product is there, as long as it is cheaper, more convenient and more personalized. Our digital age is allowing this opportunity to present itself. I think he’s correct about the customization and social isolation will increase. (pg226)
DECISIONAL: Balance. It’s easy to get caught up in incidental facts and trends. We either try too much too fast or get complacent and stagnate. We are defiantly in a transitional era. I found this journal to be the hardest to do. After the reading and research I was getting so confused and bogged down with all the information that’s out there about the future of our education system. There is much speculation of what it will look like, some of the information is entertaining and some is downright frightening! Robots for teachers? Artificial intelligence? We need to do our due diligence and have an awareness of what’s going on in our education system. Take in as much relevant information as we need to serve us, and then move forward from there. I’m a newbie in the teaching world and allot of this information is very foreign to me. I have to keep in perspective of my situation and environment. Does much of this apply to me? Some, but not all. I have to keep close what’s the best interest of my students, my college and my community. We are sitting on the cusp of bigger and better things, but the change is never easy. There will be some individuals more inspired and eager to promote rapid change but it will all depend on the acceptance of others that will decipher how far we move ahead. Technology is really still in its infant stages in some respect and if we look at how we live our lives with how we get information, do our shopping, listen to music, communicate, technology affects our whole life. So why wouldn’t it move into our education system? This is the calm before the storm. If we think about how far we have come in the past 20 years, where are we going to be just in the next 10?? Defiantly food for thought.
Teaching Naked, Jose Antonio Bowen, Copyright 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published by Josey-Bass