Their message is simple: Universities will only survive in the networked, global economy if they open up and embrace collaborative learning and collaborative knowledge production (p.18).
So what has to change?
- "Lectures", in their traditional form, must go. As Tapscott argues, many of our highest achieving students aren't attending lectures anyway!
- We should be utilising technology to embrace collaboration, both within the classroom and outside of it.
- Higher levels of interaction are desparately needed between "professors" and students. Otherwise, our students will simply turn to the almost-endless supply of free resources online.
- Incentive systems at universities must be adjusted to reward teaching, not just research.