Friday, December 4, 2009

Week 14: Shifting educational systems from efficiency to sufficiency models

Presenter: Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning at Indiana University and Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University - Bloomington.

Abstract: In the nineteenth century, Horace Mann devised the Common School model as a means for the State of Massachusetts to facilitate compulsory education system based on the assembly line and using the resources and technologies available at the time. The problem Mann was interested in addressing was “how to educate all students.”

In this presentation, Dr. Bichelmeyer will demonstrate that at this time in history, with new technologies and new resources, the question educational reformers should be asking is no longer “how to educate all students”, but rather, “how to educate each student?” New technologies and new resources are causing shifts in other sectors including government, non-profit, media, journalism and retail to sufficiency models, while educators continues to seek solutions to old problems using old models, without recognizing the landscape has shifted so much that the important problems involve new questions and require new models for solution.


Dr. Bichelmeyer’s grant-based research has recently focused on the study of distance learning environments in graduate education and blended learning environments in high schools and community colleges. In particular she has been leading the design, development and evaluation of online advance degrees in Instructional Systems Technology (masters’ level) and leading the evaluation of Cisco Networking Academy blended learning environments. As an administrator she has been involved with the development of policy and practice, strategic planning, and coordination of intercampus initiatives for undergraduate education.


Dr. Bichelmeyer holds four degrees from the University of Kansas, including a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (1982), Bachelor of Arts in English (1986), Master of Science in Educational Policy and Administration (1988) and a PhD in Educational Communications and Technology (1991).


Facilitator: Cennet Altiner

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