Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Education: Why It's Still a Big Deal

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Education: Why It's Still a Big Deal

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It is an undeniable fact that how we learn, where we learn and even our perception of the learning experience is changing. Tuition for traditional education is on the rise, but at the same time, anyone with a laptop and a desire for mind expansion can opt in to hundreds of free classes through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform, offered through Coursera or through EdX, a platform founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in partnership with the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Texas System. The use of technology and advanced platforms such as these to open up learning options for all, at little to no cost, is a much-needed transformation and points to the possibility of a complete shift in the dynamics of traditional learning on a global level.

There are numerous motives for such dramatic modifications, but how do these changes influence the field of parks and recreation? Do our universities offer well-rounded curriculums, as well as the necessary opportunities for hands-on experience? Are increasing tuition costs and the current high unemployment rates for college graduates changing the trend toward upward mobility or even personal fulfillment? …

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