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Ron Burnett

President and Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design


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Are Educational Institutions responding to the challenges of teaching and learning in the 21st Century?

The Digital Age offers all sorts of opportunities for learners ranging from the formal to the informal, from the Web to the classroom and the studio. Why do educational institutions continue to rely on traditional models of learning? Why have schedules, disciplines and departments remained the same as in the 20th Century? Why has the architecture of schools changed so little? How have learners changed?


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    Mar 2 2011: Short remark. How can you learn this in University's : http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/universities-teach-harry-potter-classes-2136367.html
    Really aren't there more interesting things in life to be learned ?

    "St. Catherine College in St. Paul, Minnesota
    A literature class requiring the reading of all seven J.K. Rowling books for group discussions. The final project lets students create a Hogwarts character for a computer game."

    I don't see how this can help an individual in life.
    As Jamie Oliver said in one of his TED conferences, we should learn how to cook first. In research for innovation we are loosing the basic skills we need to know.

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