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Lueny Morell

An article written by my HP colleague Gabi Zedlmayer for Skoll World Forum and just posted today on Forbes today…

“…the future of education now resides in a concept known as “personalized learning,” or tailored teaching and learning environments for individual students. Many of us believe that personalized learning will help address some of the deepest problems in global education, including access, quality and relevance.”

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  1. Lueny,

    I left the following comment on your blog and with your permission I will link your following viewpoint to my website.


    My comment:

    As an educator with over 28 years of experience in engineering education, research and administration, I concur that we need a fundamental change in engineering education and I have yet to see a proposal for such a badly needed radical change. We can learn from the visionary and bold historical steps taken by WPI in 1972 and the WPI Plan which redefined a new path for engineering education. Unfortunately, under the pressure of the old ABET, that plan, which was way ahead of its time, had to be modified. However, many of the visionary elements of that Plan, including “learning does not place in the lecture halls,” “competency test shoudl replace the per-requisites,” “interdisciplinary project based learning is more effective than course-based model,” etc. provide the best road map today. Today’s students have a natural aptitude for individualized learning and the wealth of available resources and tools, such You Tube, Wikipedia, “Open Source Course-ware,”, etc. provide them them the tools that they need, and prefer, for more learning, more effectively than traditional textbooks and lectures. We need a FUNDAMENTAL and RADICAL change in engineering education which goes far beyond of even NAE’s proposed “Grand Challenges Scholar Program”. The rising cost of Higher Education is largely caused due to resistance of academic institutions to this needed change.


  2. Agree! A new model of higher education is rising slowly, but steafastedly. One that is student centric, instead of faculty/institution centric, focused on skills development rather than knowledge transfer, and, one that develop the human resources to address countries, regions and global challenges as well support the economic and social wellbeing.


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