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History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

Free, open, and with no prerequisites, a MOOC on “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education” begins on January 27, 2014. Sponsored by Duke University through the Coursera platform, this open non-credit course will extend our reach to an anticipated audience of tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

 In this course we will learn about the features of higher education that were designed specifically to prepare workers and leaders for the Industrial Age, and we’ll strategize ways that, together, we can change learning–inside of school and out–for the world we live in now–and even to help improve our world. #FutureEd

About the Course

Welcome!  This course is designed for anyone concerned with the best ways of learning and thriving in the world we live in now.  It’s for students, teachers, professors, researchers, administrators, policy makers, business leaders, job counselors and recruiters, parents, and lifelong learners around the globe.  The full,  whimsical name of the class is: “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education: Or, How We Can Unlearn Our Old Patterns and Relearn for a Happier, More Productive, Ethical, and Socially-Engaged Future.”  That subtitle is inspired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen who has said that “all education is vocational” in the sense that it is our job, as educators, to help train people for the vocation of leading better lives.

Are we fulfilling that educational objective, from kindergarten to professional school?  Or are we training students with the methods, philosophy, and metrics designed for the Fordist era of the Model T?  Since 1993, when scientists made the Internet widely available, our lives, our work, our occupations, our culture, and our entertainments have changed tremendously.  Far too little has changed inside our educational institutions, in the US and internationally, to prepare us for the demands, problems, restrictions, obstacles,  responsibilities, and possibilities of living in the world we inhabit outside of school.  This course addresses one key question:  How can we all, together, work to redesign higher education for our future… not for someone else’s past?

Bonus: Students enrolled in this Coursera course will also be invited to many onsite and online events, workshops, and conferences offered by more than fifty learning institutions around the world, as part of an initiative on Shaping the Future of Higher Education.

Course Syllabus

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how and why we inherited the Industrial Age educational systems.
  • Think deeply about the requirements of the world we live in now.
  • Discover new ideas, methods, competencies, and subject matter.
  • Share our pathways to successful innovation with others around the world. Together, we can change schools, classrooms, institutions, learning–and maybe ourselves!

WEEK ONE – January 27, 2014
Guiding Principles and Driving Concepts – Let’s Get Started

This week we will think about the uses of history: learning how and why educational institutions were constructed in the past helps us think about what we need now, in order to begin to shape a different future of education in order to help shape a more just future for all.

WEEK TWO – February 3, 2014
The iPod Experiment: Or, Learning vs. Education

Duke University’s iPod experiment became international news.  Why?  What happens when students are in charge?  What happens when education begins at a place where no one (not even the instructor) knows the answer in advance? What if the actual learning cannot be tested or assessed by the usual methods of higher education? What if learning is also about trying to improve the status quo?  This week we will look at diverse histories and theories of education and learning.

WEEK THREE – February 10, 2014
Teaching Like It’s 1992    

The World changed on April 22, 1993, when the scientists at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications released the Internet and the World Wide Web to the general public.  From then on, anyone with access to an Internet connection could communicate  to anyone else with an Internet connection.  No editor or publisher provides a safety net now and, at the same time, our data can be hacked, our privacy invaded.  The digital world we live in now comes with tremendous responsibilities and opportunity–and yet it comes with real inequalities, perils, and obstacles too.  Does our educational system prepare us for these challenges?

WEEK FOUR – February 17, 2014
Welcome to the Future: 10 Ways to Change the Paradigm of Higher Education

We will now be looking at different principles, methods and metrics for redesigning an innovative form of learning that helps us all navigate the complexities of the world we inhabit outside of school.  This week we focus specifically on innovations to the curriculum.

WEEK FIVE – February 24, 2014
Innovations in Pedagogy (Methods) and Assessment

This week we will focus on innovations in pedagogy (the methods for learning) and assessment.  How you teach is what you teach.  And, we need to think deeply about what we value and make sure what we value is what we count.

WEEK SIX – March 3, 2014
How to Make Institutional Change

Even if we make changes in our personal learning and teaching methods, we still have to work mostly within institutions of learning.  Institutional change can be difficult; it takes patience, strategy, and allies. This week offers (and also invites) ideas about what we can do together. It makes a powerful argument that we all need to advocate (in any country) for higher education and shows how, in the U.S., the decline in support for public education has contributed to income inequality and hurt all our future.  This week includes interviews with inspiring people who have worked together to make successful change happen in society ad in education, against odds.

Conclusion: Thank you for joining this movement on behalf of educational innovation and reform!  This is not the end.  It’s the beginning.  Where will we do from here? Let’s get started!

Recommended Background

The only background required is passionate interest in the future of learning and higher education. All are welcome!

Suggested Readings

There will be specific “readings”–articles, blog posts, websites, videos, and other resources–suggested for each lecture. The main “texts” for this course will be:

Course Format

Each week will consist of one hour of video lectures, discussions and interviews, divided into 10-20 minute segments. Readings for each topic will be recommended, but not required.

Statement of Accomplishment requirements
In order to earn a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Cathy Davidson, you will be requried to take weekly multiple choice quizzes (the classic “summative” form of testing that is designed to “sum up” what you have learned). We’ll strive to make these quizzes into useful “reviews” of the week’s content.  We will also talk a lot about the shortcomings of standardized testing and strategize more effective ways of learning and of measuring achievement (such as digital badging). If you wish to earn a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction you will need to finish three peer assessments in addition to the quizzes.

Optional Participatory Assignments
This course is not just about content but also about designing new ways of learning. Assignments will encourage international contribution to a historical timeline of global educational innovation–a rich new resource that researchers might be able to build upon.  There will also be an array of practical exercises, examples, methods, and ideas that can be used in any classroom, for home schooling, or in any informal learning or study situation. You will be encouraged to try new methods and to discuss the results in forumswikis, and on social media.

Bonus: Students will also learn about dozens of concurrent online and face-to-face events on the topic of education innovation being run at universities, colleges, and community colleges around the world. Find out more!


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?Yes. Students who successfully complete all of the weekly quizzes (with 70% and above) will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Cathy Davidson. Students who pass the weekly quizzes with a 70% and above, plus finish three peer assessments, will receive a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction.


More about ‘History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education’

Concerned about the challenges facing higher education? Join us and be part of the solution.

 HASTAC:  Changing the Way We Teach and Learn

The HASTAC #FutureEd Initiative is led by those with the most at stake in transforming higher education: students and faculty.  Open, worldwide, HASTAC-led and user-inspired, “The History and Future of Higher Education” assesses the educational legacies we’ve inherited in order to design new ways of learning for present needs and future aspirations.

Below you will find many helpful resources that invite your contribution.  You will also find a growing list of people and institutions fueling this movement with experimental courses, workshops, seminars, research projects, and reading groups in different onsite and online locations, all open to the public.

Everyone is welcome–students, full-time and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and administrators from public and private research universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, K-12, vocational and for-profit schools, MOOCs, discussion groups, after-school programs, and lifelong learning institutions.

We welcome policy makers, legislators, foundation and philanthropic leaders, librarians, curators, alt-ac professionals, journalists, business and political leaders, and the concerned public at large. The more varied the participation, the more we will learn.

We are excited to hear about teachers (including some high school teachers) who are designing class or extra credit assignments to encourage their students to be involved in their own future and we’ve heard from several leadership teams of administrators, advisers, program officers, scholarship directors, and others who are meeting in groups and using the #FutureEd events to inspire institutional change.

Let us know how you want to be part of #FutureEd and let us know how we can help you make it happen.

Click on the “Add a Course” button and fill out a brief form to contribute a course or an event or to add your name to our listserv and receive our newsletter.

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Participate now!

We invite you to contribute your ideas and success stories to the wikis hosted on HASTAC’s #FutureEd portal:

  • Resources: an international list of books, articles, journals, websites, and more to help provoke and inspiring thinking about the future of higher education
  • Pedagogical Innovations: instances of new courses, classroom methods, and other teaching pedagogical innovations that are transforming higher education and learning more generally
  • Institutional Change: ideas and road maps for how to lead innovation and scale change across your institution



Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND), Michigan Community Colleges: February 12-14, 2014, Michigan. “Breaking Boundaries.”

Digital Media and Learning Conference:  March 6-8, 2014, Boston.  “Connecting Practices.”

HASTAC 2014 Conference:  April 24-27, 2014, Ministerio de Cultura, Lima, Peru.  “Hemispheric Pathways:  Critical Makers in International Networks.”  


All press requests should go to HASTAC’s Program Manager,

For the Chronicle of Higher Education’s weekly updates (January to April 2014), written by graduate student leaders at Duke University, see “#FutureEd:  Thoughts from a MOOC on Higher Education.”

Inside Higher Ed is also following us. See, “50,000 Strong to Change Higher Ed” (Nov 4, 2013; follow-up Feb 2014). For an overview with infographic, see  “It’s Not a MOOC, It’s a Movement,” in Higher Ed Beta by Steven Mintz and Michael Patrick Rutter.


Online Discussion Group:

Anyone registered to (it’s free and open) can join the HASTAC #FutureEd Discussion Group, where you can post your syllabus, a discussion topic, or any other ideas/information.


Partnering Courses, Events, and Resources with an Open Public Component:

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  • Tom Abeles, editor, On the Horizon journal, Rwanda
  • Bryan Alexander, senior fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and author of Future Trends in Technology and Education
  • Rindy Anderson and Stephen Nowicki, Duke University, “How Organisms Communicate”
  • Anne Balsamo, Media Studies, New School, NY,  “DOCC 2013: Redesigning MOOCs for (truly) Transformative Learning” (Syllabus)
  • Randy Bass and Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Georgetown University, “The Future of Georgetown University as a Design Problem”
  • Steven L. Berg, Departments of English and History and Ocelot Scholars program, Schoolcraft College
  • Steve Brier and Matt Gold, CUNY Graduate Center,  “Digital Praxis Seminar”
  • Simone Browne, African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, “Race, Culture, Migration and the Digital”
  • Lisa Cartwright and Elizabeth Losh, University of California, San Diego, “Feminist Infrastructures and Technocultures”
  • Kandice Chuh, English,  CUNY Graduate Center,  “Introduction to Doctoral Studies in English”
  • Dr Thomas Cochrane (AUT University, New Zealand), Prof. Dr Ilona Buchem (Beuth University, Berlin), Dr Mar Camacho (University of Tarragona, Catalunia), Catherine Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway), Averill Gordon (AUT University, New Zealand), Helen Keegan (Salford University, UK), Dr Sarah Howard (University of Wollongong, Australia),Bernie Goldbach (Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland), #iCollab community of practice.
  • Coimbra Group (GC), Association of 40 European Universities, “eLearning and eTechnology Taskforce,” Video Seminar Series, Beginning January 2014
  • Columbia University, numerous courses in equity, international policy, American Studies, on the purpose and future of higher education
  • Arindam Datta, with Nader Tehrani, Liam O’Brien, Joel Lamere, Lorena Bello, Cristina Parreno Alonso, Irene Hwang, and others, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),  “Biocapitalism in the Knowledge Economy”
  • Davidson College President’s Office
  • Cathy Davidson,  Program in Information Science + Information Studies and PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University, “The History and Future of Higher Education” (Syllabus–comments and additions welcome!)
  • Chicago Humanities Summit Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with the Modern Language Association, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, January 9, 9-noon, Chicago, Il
  • Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Comparative Literature and the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University, “Reimagining the History and Future of Queer Studies in Higher Education:  By Students, For Students” (draft course description)
  • FemTechNet Collective, “Distributed Open Online Collaboration (DOCC)”
  • Ashley Ferro-Murray, “MOOCing? A Contemporary Dance.” Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California Berkeley.
  • Caitlin Fisher, Film, York University, Toronto  “Future Cinema
  • Inderpal Grewal and Laura Wexler, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies, Yale University, “Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Digital Humanities”
  • Nadav Hochman, doctoral candidate, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh. Visiting Scholar, Software Studies Initiative, The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Visualizing Cultural Patterns in Social Media Photography.” April 10, Duke University.
  • Katie King, Women’s Studies and American Studies, University of Maryland, “Experiments in Feminist Learning”
  • Julie Thompson Klein, English, Wayne State University, “Digital Humanities” and “Community and Identity in Digital Media”
  • Adeline Koh, Center for Digital Humanities, Stockton College, “Introduction to Digital Humanities” (Syllabus)
  • Iain MacLaren, MA in Academic Practice and Course on Curricular Design, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • Richard Marciano, Information Science and Director, Sustaining Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT), University of North Carolina, “Data, Public Scholarship, Community Participation, and New Models for Learning in Higher Education”  [workshop]
  • Robert McCaughey, Columbia University, “Alma Mater: The History of American Colleges and Universities”
  • Katherine McKittrick, Department of Geography, Queen’s University, Canada, “Black Creative Science Cluster and Workshop”
  • Tara McPherson, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California,  “Digital Media and Learning” (community-based praxis course), plus workshops on digital publishing at humanities centers around the U.S.
  • Bill Meador, TEDxABQED and Central New Mexico Community College
  • Ministerio Cultura of Lima, Peru, “Hemispheric Pathways:  Critical Makers in International Networks” HASTAC 2014 Conference, April 24-27, 2014.
  • Sean Michael Morris, Managing Editor, Hybrid Pedagogy
  • James L. Morrison, UNC-Chapel Hill, “An Interview with a Futurist: The University is Dead! Long Live the University!
  • Chris Newfield, English, University of California Santa Barbara, “English Majoring After College (Histories and Futures of Higher Education)
  • David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford, “Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education:  Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs”
  • PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University, Online Learning Research Module
  • Todd Presner, UCLA, Digital Humanities 201: “Introduction to Digital Humanities: Methods of Knowledge Design”
  • Noel Radomski, Director and Associate Researcher, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
  • Howard Rheingold, Stanford University, “Social Media Literacies”
  • Jentery Sayers, English, University of Victoria, Canada, “Digital Literary Studies: Histories and Principles”
  • Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, “Occupation: From Space and Time to Practice and Politics” [focal research theme]
  • Elin O’Hara Slavick, Art Department, UNC-Chapel Hill. “Visualizing Science.”
  • Doris Sommer, Romance Studies and African and African American Studies, “Pre-Texts: the Arts Interpret” [workshop]
  • Jesse Stommel, Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts, University of Wisconsin/Madison, and Hybrid Pedagogy
  • Kristen Treglia, Fordham University. History and Future of Education face-to-face discussion groups.
  • Laura Wexler, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies, Yale University, “DOCC 2013: Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture”
  • Alan White, Undergraduate STEM Education, University of South Carolina
  • Paul Yachnin and Leigh Yetter, McGill University, The Future of Graduate Education and Training in the Humanities
  • Mia Zamora and Erica Holan, Writing Project, Kean University,  “Exploring Connected Learning”

Additional Resources:


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Event posted by Hilary Culbertson.
This pre-conference event, sponsored by the Gates Foundation, was announced on a listserv I’m on. I thought it would be of interest to the HASTAC and #FutureEd communities.Innovation in Higher Education: building a better future?Professor William H. Dutton, Ms Sarah Porter, Professor Grainne Conole, Ian Dolphin, Dr Kendall Guthrie, Kevin Guthrie, Professor Jeff Haywood, Brian Loader, Professor Jeffrey PomerantzThursday 22 May 2014 10:00 – 16:00
Posted: Jan 7, 2014
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Documents and links posted by Hilary Culbertson.
James L. Morrison, Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has shared several resources with the HASTAC community related to his work with innovation and change in higher education. Please follow the links below for videos on higher ed in transition, the future of higher ed, and His synopses for the videos are:
Posted: Jan 7, 2014
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Documents and links posted by Hilary Culbertson.
#iCollab was suggested as a great example of Alternative Pedagogies, and #FutureEd. Below, I’ve copied some about iCollab text from Visit their website for more information about the cool things that they do!

Posted: Jan 7, 2014
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Documents and links posted by HASTAC Admin.
English Majoring After College (Histories and Futures of Higher Education)English 197 Winter 2014        Prof. Chris NewfieldSouth Hall 2617 Wednesday 12:30-14:50
Posted: Jan 6, 2014
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Documents and links posted by Sheryl Grant.
It’s not easy to write about badges — they touch on so many social norms that we take for granted, and that means unpacking assumptions about things like assessment, credentials, and accreditation — but Paul Fain knocked it out of the park with his latest article about the UC-Davis Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Badge System in Insider Higher Ed:
Posted: Jan 4, 2014
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
My colleague Kaysi and I spent today working on quizzes for the certificate one can earn from taking my Coursera course on “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.”   This MOOC is actually a “meta-MOOC” in that we are using this massive platform to engage a worldwide community in a movement on behalf of learning innovations.   Called FutureEd, HASTAC’s initiative is led by students and faculty (not corporations), and we’re hoping to think
Posted: Jan 2, 2014
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Blog entry posted by Steven Berg.
Ruby Sinreich-img-12/30/2013 - 8:46am
Ocelot Scholars was designed as part of the HASTAC #FutureEd initiative on the history and future of higher education.
Posted: Dec 29, 2013
Comments: 1
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Documents and links posted by Steven Berg.
I created a short video “Welcome to Your New Semester” which, in a humorus way, addresses  teaching/taking a student centered course.  I plan to use it with my students who are participating in the #FutureEd initiative.  Feel free to use it with your own students.  It is only 1:32.When watching the video, you can also picture yourself and Cathy N. Davidson in the starring roles.  Or it can be you and your students.
Posted: Dec 28, 2013
Comments: 1
Topics & tags: Pedagogy & Teaching
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Blog entry posted by Adeline Koh.
I thought I’d share my draft syllabus for the Masters of American Studies course I will be teaching in Spring 2014, AMST 5011: Introduction to the Digital Humanities.
Posted: Dec 11, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
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Today I worked with Kaysi Holman, Marco Bastos, and Fiona Barnett to try to put together an infographic that could visualize relationships between some of the events that will be connected together next semester as part of HASTAC’s #FutureEd extravaganza. You can view the higher resolution version in Google docs.
Posted: Dec 10, 2013
Comments: 1
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
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Updated Jan 7, 2014
Posted: Nov 23, 2013
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Documents and links posted by Hilary Culbertson.
Stanford released yesterday a story about David Palumbo-Liu, who serves on HASTAC’s Steering Committee and is co-teaching a class in spring 2014 as a key part of HASTAC’s History and Future of Higher Education initiative.
Posted: Nov 21, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Cathy Davidson-img-11/30/2013 - 7:42am
Yesterday, registration closed for my ISIS 640 class, “History and Future of Higher Education.”  Thirteen students all had to apply to be accepted: undergrads, grads, PhD and MFA students, a computer scientist, an artist or two, humanists, information designers, and assessment experts, from Duke, UNC, and NC State.
Posted: Nov 21, 2013
Topics & tags: AcademiaHigher Education
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Blog entry posted by Elliott Hauser.
eah13-img-10/27/2013 - 6:57pm
Open source software has shown the world something amazing: that thousands or even millions of people can collaborate in a relatively uncoordinated way to achieve something remarkable.  Many of us are thinking about how open education might replicate this staggering success.  I want to share some of the thought we’re developing at with the HASTAC community and invite comments, feedback, and help making open education a reality.
Posted: Oct 27, 2013
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Documents and links posted by David Palumbo-Liu.
Comp Lit 265Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCsW 1-4 pmDavid
Posted: Oct 23, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Adeline Koh.
I thought I’d share my draft syllabus for the Masters of American Studies course I will be teaching in Spring 2014, AMST 5011: Introduction to the Digital Humanities.
Posted: Oct 11, 2013
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Group posted by Kaysi Holman.
This is a group for “The History and Future of Higher Education,” a multi-institutional collaborative project initiated by the HASTAC alliance which is coordinating the teaching of a number of diverse courses, workshops, and reading groups, in different locations and online, on the future of higher education beginning in January of  2014.  We hope to engage students around the world in a dynamic conversation about the education that is their future. Anyone is invited to offer a course or informal learning program on any aspect of the history and future of (mostly higher) education in order to contribute to this project.
Posted: Jul 17, 2013
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Group for “The History and Future of Higher Education” multi-institutional collaborative project for January 2014
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Cathy Davidson-img-10/10/2013 - 11:36am
Next semester I’m teaching the boldest, most innovative, most complicated course I’ve ever taught, ISIS 640, “The History and Future of Higher Education”:  What started as a MOOC on that topic has become an open-learning collaborative peer-grading extravaganza.  Why?  Because words like “flipping” make it seem as if it is easy to teach with technology.  it is not.  It is important, it can be creative and useful, but it is extremely labor intensive and, as lackadaisacal a j
Posted: Oct 10, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Steven Berg.
Ruby Sinreich-img-4/22/2013 - 10:48am
In yesterday’s Inside Higher Ed’s technology blog, Joshua Kim wrote about “Courses, Facebook, and Secret Groups,” in which he pointed out that “There is a world of social learning going on, and we (meaning us instructors, educational technologists – basically anyone employed on the instructional or administrative sides of the house), know nothing about what is going on.”  He then explains how students are using Secret Groups in Facebook—as well as other technologies—to learn outside the classroom.
Posted: Mar 22, 2013
Comments: 10
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Documents and links posted by HASTAC Admin.
The LA Review of Books has published MOOCs and the Future of the Humanities: A Roundtable (Part 1) by Ian Bogost, Cathy Davidson, Al Filreis and Ray Schroeder. The Introduction is featured below; click the link at the bottom to read the full discussion and contribute via the comments.
Posted: Jun 12, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Adrianne Wadewitz.
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When professors teach, they teach what they love. What they are experts in. What it is easy for them to learn. Thus, it is easy to forget what it is like to be the student who struggles in the classroom.
Posted: Aug 12, 2013
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Documents and links posted by HASTAC Admin.
 This Design Research-Workshop in the Department of Architecture at MIT is being presented by Arindum Datta, with inputs from Nader Tehrani, Liam O’Brien, Joel Lamere, Lorena Bello, Cristina Parreno Alonso, Irene Hwang, and others.  Description
Posted: Sep 11, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Petra Dierkes-Thrun.
This coming academic year, the HASTAC alliance is launching an exciting new project, a loosely affiliated collection and cross-pollination of courses and instructors interested in studying, probing, debating, and reimagining The History and Future of Higher Education. Initiated by Cathy Davidson (who will also teach a Coursera MOOC on the theme alongside her face-to-face class), colleagues and students will be interrogating the topic from various angles and from our current perspective on the past
Posted: Jun 18, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-7/17/2013 - 5:33pm
THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION  [Updated 6/13/2013]ISIS 640   Spring 2014 Duke UniversityProfessor Cathy N. Davidson “The History and Future of Higher EducationOpen to graduate and advanced undergraduate students.   Wednesday  5-8 pm
Posted: Jun 7, 2013
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Documents and links posted by Anonymous.
 The provosts of Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago are in high-level talks to create an online education network across their campuses, which collectively enroll more than 500,000 students a year.
Posted: Jun 19, 2013
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Blog entry posted by HASTAC Admin.
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Virtual community pioneer and author Howard Rheingold recently sat down with Bryan Alexander–senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education–to discuss MOOCs through the lens of liberal arts education, and the potential future(s) of MOOCs.
Posted: Jun 13, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Steven Berg.
Lightning Talk Presented at 2013 HASTAC ConferenceToronto, Ontario, 26 April 2013
Posted: Apr 26, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
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This is a powerpoint based on the storyboard outline for The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education, the six-week Coursera course that will begin in late January  2014, and that is open to all, for free, without prerequisites of any kind.  We will be announcing the details as they are available.
Posted: May 15, 2013
Comments: 8
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Blog entry posted by Steven Berg.
Individuals who are not digitally literate are at a disadvantage when it comes to interacting with others and being employed in the 21st century.  But ignorance of the appropriate use of digital technologies can cause serious personal problems as
Posted: Aug 3, 2013
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Blog entry posted by Steven Berg.
This entry has been cross posted from Etene Sacca-vajjena. In it, I give my take on “Blogs vs. Term Papers” from the perspective of a community college professor. I cite Cathy N. Davidson and Eric Marshall, both of whom are associated with HASTAC as well as work previously published in HASTAC. Since Matt Richtel published “Blogs vs. Term Papers” in the New York Times on January 20, much has been written on the value or lack of value of assigning term papers. Unfortunately, Richtel confuses the issue by setting up a false dichotomy. His either/or fallacy forces a debate concerning whether or not blogs are better than term papers. Instead, we should be discussing if the goals of a particular class might be better met by assigning blogs (or some other research based project) instead of a term paper.
Posted: Jan 28, 2012
Comments: 5
Topics & tags: Pedagogy & Teaching
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-5/24/2013 - 11:04am
If I had a magic wand and could reverse the neoliberal funding trends depriving public state universities of support, of course I would.  If I had a magic wand and could make private universities affordable by the best students, not just the richest, of course I would.
Posted: Apr 20, 2013
Comments: 1
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-5/23/2013 - 5:29pm
Over the last few months,  I’ve been writing a series for the @CoExist blog of Fast Company on “Changing Higher Education to Change the World.”   The point of the series is to rethink the basic groundrules of higher education–while also providing some sanity in the crazy, often misguided, and sometimes misleading rush to create MOOC’s (Massive Online Open Courses).  Don’t get me wrong:  I think MOOC’s have an invaluable place in the world.   But if people think they will solve all higher ed’s problems or substitute for current co
Posted: Jul 2, 2012
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-7/17/2013 - 5:32pm
It’s now official that I’ll be teaching a six-week free, open online course on “The History and Future of Higher Education” in Spring 2014.  You and your students, friends, anyone with great ideas on this topic to attend.    It will be on the Coursera platform but I intend to use every one of the affordances of that platform to gather ideas, worldwide, about all the new and important and urgent ways people are learning, in formal education, informally, in communities, in person, online.  I want to use the affordance of this centralized online MOOC to encourage a wor
Posted: Apr 27, 2013
Comments: 4
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-5/24/2013 - 11:55am
For my proposed Coursera course on the History and Future of Higher Education–intended for high school and college teachers, students, parents, and students themselves–I am designing every segment not only to give history and analysis of the forms of education we have inherited from the Industrial Age that invented so many of them, I also plan to pass on concrete advice I’ve gleaned from the thousands of t
Posted: Mar 30, 2013
Comments: 2
Topics & tags: Academia
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Blog entry posted by Fiona Barnett.
FionaB-img-1/22/2013 - 9:55pm
I’ve had “make personal website” on my To Do list for….oh, let’s be honest: years. There are dozens of good reasons to have your own website, and there have been some helpful posts on how to set one up. Here are some of my favorite posts from recent years:Do You Need Your Own Website While On The Job Market? by Ryan Cordell
Posted: Jan 22, 2013
Comments: 19
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-5/24/2013 - 1:41pm
I’m a finalist for teaching a Coursera MOOC next year on “The History and Future of Higher Education.”  Naturally, I am doing this because I want to improve the future of higher education and add as much innovation as possible.  I’m interested in ways that an online  course with a relatively static form could become a platform for innovation.    And I will use this site as a testbed for analysis of the teaching and learning as it is happening and as a place of reflection on the process and possibi
Posted: Mar 19, 2013
Comments: 14
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Blog entry posted by Cathy Davidson.
Kaysi Holman-img-5/24/2013 - 11:56am
This is a formal invitation for anyone, at any level, to join several of us–it’s becoming a small army!–in distributed team-teaching of many different kinds of classes on the future of the university, to be offered simultaneously and concurrently in Spring 2014.  No formal structure.  Anything counts as “team teaching” as long as we exchange ideas, on whatever level, and post those to the widest possible audience in order to inspire more thinking about how we got where we are and how we can go constructively and creatively to a better place.
Posted: May 10, 2013
Comments: 3



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