[Humanist] 23.113 new publication: Future of Learning Institutions

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Sat Jun 27 10:26:28 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 113.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:10:45 -0400
        From: jonathan.tarr at duke.edu
        Subject: The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age report now available from MIT Press

An announcement from HASTAC.org

As we mentioned on the HASTAC blogs last week, you can now download or purchase a copy of the report entitled The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital
Age, co-authored by Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg, with assistance
from Zoe Marie Jones, our former colleague extraordinaire. Here are the details
from MIT Press:

Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg in an abridged version of their book-
in-progress, The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age,
argue that traditional institutions must adapt or risk a growing mismatch
between how they teach and how this new generation learns. Forms and models of
learning have evolved quickly and in fundamentally new directions. Yet how we
teach, where we teach, who teaches, and who administers and serves have changed
only around the edges. This report was made possible by a grant from the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in connection with its grant making
initiative on Digital Media and Learning.

Key Findings

Young people today are learning in new ways that are both collective and
egalitarian. They are contributing to Wikipedia, commenting on blogs, teaching
themselves programming and figuring out work-arounds to online video games.
They follow links embedded in articles to build a deeper understanding. They
comment on papers and ideas in an interactive and immediate exchange of ideas.
All these acts are collaborative and democratic, and all occur amid a worldwide
community of voices.

Universities must recognize this new way of learning and adapt or risk becoming
obsolete. The university model of teaching and learning relies on a hierarchy
of expertise, disciplinary divides, restricted admission to those considered
worthy, and a focused, solitary area of expertise. However, with participatory
learning and digital media, these conventional modes of authority break down.

Today's learning is interactive and without walls. Individuals learn
anywhere, anytime, and with greater ease than ever before. Learning today blurs
lines of expertise and tears down barriers to admission. While it has never
been confined solely to the academy, today’s opportunities for independent
learning have never been easier nor more diverse.

The full The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age report is now
available for free online from MIT Press. A print version of the report can
also be ordered from the Press. For more information please visit the MIT Press
website: mitpress.mit.edu

To order print copies of this report, visit: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/
ISBN: 978-0-262-51359-3 | Price: $14.00

To view the report online, visit: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and
Learning are available here: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/browse/

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