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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg
With Zoë Marie Jones

The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

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In this report, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. The Internet brings about a way of learning that is not new or revolutionary but is now the norm for today’s graduating high school and college classes. It is for this reason that Davidson and Goldberg call on us to examine potential new models of digital learning and rethink our virtually enabled and enhanced learning institutions.

This report is available in a free digital edition on the MIT Press website at http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262513593.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning

About the Authors

Cathy N. Davidson is the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English at Duke University.

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the University of California system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. He also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature and Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine, and is a Fellow of the UCI Critical Theory Institute.

N.B.:  Cathy Davidson was recently featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about her “crowdsourcing” (a.k.a. peer evaluation) model for grading an undergraduate course. The article generated an extensive comment thread that includes several responses from Prof.  Davidson.


3 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for this notice for our report. The booklength version, The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (MIT Press, 2010) is due out in January. Your readers might also want to know about the follow-up blog on my Cat in the Stack blog on the HASTAC site to the crowdsourcing grading piece, that offers historical and philosophical perspectives on why I’m trying this experiment and on assessment more generally: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/crowdsourcing-grading-follow

    Thanks for all you do! Best Cat

  2. Thanks for the response, Cat — glad you found us, and hope you will drop by from time to time! I appreciate the link to the grading/assessment post.and plan to share that in some other venues as well. All the best,


    Andrew R. Bonamici
    Associate University Librarian, Media & Instructional Services
    University of Oregon Libraries
    Eugene OR 9703-1299 USA

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