Charlie Leadbeater continues his personalisation Odyssey with an article in The Times Higher Education Supplement today. Unfortunately open access hasn't penetrated the paper yet, but here's a taster:
'The 1990s model of customer-driven higher education is the high-throughput university, offering standardised, just-in-time degrees. Shopping for a degree is rather like shopping for white goods in the basement of John Lewis.
Yet the generation going into university have grown up with quite different organisational models: Napster and Kazaar, E Bay and SMS messaging, large, peer-to-peer, self organising communities, in which the 'consumers' of services are simultaneously their producers."
Drawing on the ideas of Personalisation through Participation, the article suggests that greater participation and self-organisation are necessary in order to ensure that higher education avoids the pitfalls of standardised, impersonal learning.