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Envious of NPR's $17 Million Digital Grant
December 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

NPR just got $17 million bucks.

A large chunk of that money will be allocated to build a new digital platform to deliver NPR content.  

(Some of the money also goes to expand coverage of education, which I am very happy about. Maybe NPR will cover this blog entry?).

I’m jealous. I’d love to build a similar digital platform for educational content.

Here is what the NPR platform will do (from the press release):

"NPR and six Member Stations are collaborating to build a cohesive listening experience for news, arts and culture, transforming public radio for the next generation. Listeners will be able to move seamlessly among clock radios, Internet-enabled cars, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, never missing a local or national story of interest, and connecting with others to discover new voices and find amazing stories. Listeners will explore, shape and share what they hear.”

What would this platform look like if the content was educational and not news, and the organizations were colleges and universities rather than NPR?

I’ve re-written the press release to reflect this fantasy.  Changes are in bold:

"A consortium of international colleges and universities are collaborating to build a cohesive learning experience for courses,  transforming higher education for the next generation. Learners will be able to move seamlessly among clock radios, Internet-enabled cars, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, never missing a course reading, lecture, discussion, blog post and assignment, and connecting with others to discover new learners and find amazing professors. Students will explore, shape and share what learn.”

Will tomorrow’s students (and those paying the bills for tomorrow’s students) be happy if there is gap between the higher ed learning experience and the NPR listening experience?

Does higher ed need to keep up with public radio?

 

 

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