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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning)

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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 bu

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Cheryl
Mar 18, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok
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Like another reviewer, I enjoyed the Ichabod Crane reference, it is funny because it is true.

I agree with the authors on many levels. For example: "To ban sources such as Wikipedia is to miss the importance of a collaborative, knowledge-making impulse in humans who are willing to contribute, correct, and collect information without remuneration: by definition, this is education." and "It is not for nothing that the Internet is called the "Web," sometimes resembling a maze but more often than no
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Derek Dewitt
May 13, 2015 Derek Dewitt rated it really liked it
Stimulating. And, yes, a bit thin. I would like to read the full book.
David Schuster
Jan 02, 2017 David Schuster rated it it was ok
Ha! The book serves as a wonderful rebuttal to its own points. The authors bravely crowdsourced the whole dang book, writing it on the 2007 equivalent of a google doc shared with anyone who had an internet connection. The writing lacks a voice, and jarringly shifts with each paragraph. It's also bloated and full of EXACTLY the right word choices - which means I hadn't even seen some of the words. I've seen "epistemological" plenty, but I can't quite wrap my head around it. And what the heck is " ...more
Bojan Tunguz
Jun 30, 2011 Bojan Tunguz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Digital Age" that we live in has been the subject of many (too many?) books, articles, essays and blogs in recent times. Everyone who has not lived in a cave in the last few years realizes that the pace of technological advancement is increasing, and many of the traditional forms of communicating, working and shopping are continuously being redefined. Despite all of this, the role and the form of higher education have hardly changed, aside from PowerPoint presentations replacing most writin ...more
Atul Sabnis
Sep 08, 2015 Atul Sabnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-i-own, education
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, By Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg, is a precursor to the The Future of Thinking, which a longer exposition of the ideas in this report (As the authors have chosen to call it). In that sense, this one, is a good first read. [Free download]

The report discusses the current status of education institutions and asks of the resistance to change, which perhaps is caused by the continuous success that these organisations have enjoyed for a
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Will
Sep 01, 2011 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This shortened version of the more recent book The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, probably should just be skipped for the fully expanded version unless you really are looking for the highest level overview of digital learning. The premise is compelling, though I think may over-subscribe to the open source software model as a potential for learning. Education is one of the fastest growing businesses in America, & profitable to boot. Where this slows OpenOffice's d ...more
Will
Aug 31, 2011 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The funny thing about this book, which was written in part to show the power of collaboration, is that it misses out at times in citing the sources of its information, making it appear as though the information was generated by the massive list of contributors. That seems like a failing in an otherwise well thought out thesis. Certainly this book is important in helping to consider the shifts in thought currently underway & I found the use of The Long Tail a compelling way to think about edu ...more
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Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, HASTAC (ha ...more
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“Our argument here is that our institutions of learning have changed far more slowly than the modes of inventive, collaborative, participatory learning offered by the Internet and an array of contemporary mobile technologies.” 1 likes
“because of the collaborative opportunities offered by social networking sites, wikis, blogs, and many other interactive digital sources. But beneath these sites are networks and, sometimes,” 1 likes
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