The role and place of the academic is changing – and it’s a good thing ?

I became an academic to make a difference not build a career, says Alex Hope – flexibility of employment is the future

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Academic ‘career’ – “I suspect that the academic of the future will not be tied to an institution but be a thought leader, communicator and teacher undertaking a range of activities on a freelance/contract basis – and that the world will be a better place for it.”

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Isaac Asimov on Science and Creativity in Education

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What vintage science fiction has to do with the future of self-directed learning.

We’re deeply fascinated by how the past envisioned the

ChezINFO!‘s insight:

"Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you’re interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else… that’s what YOU are interested in, and you can ask, and you can find out, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in your own time… Then, everyone would enjoy learning. Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different.” ~ Isaac Asimov"

Ackn., Bill Moyers World of Ideas

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School library CSR project – Book drive launch

We have officially kicked-off your book drive campaign to collect approriate books for two primary school in the Alexander Townships.   This initiative is part of GIBS Corporate Social Responsibility and the two schools involved are Ekukhanyisweni and Emfundisweni Primary Schools.

The aim of the project is to rejuvenate their school libraries.  The basic infrastructure is available, but their collections are in dire straits.  We will also be teaching the teachers how to properly manage the libraries, do some basic cataloguing, how to use the resources in the libraries more effectively and also how to get the pupils involved and excited about reading.