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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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

Kindle Edition, 88 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Bojan Tunguz
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
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
Mar 18, 2011 Cheryl rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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...more
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
Too short, I want more. Still there's some good food for thought here and a quick read. The bit about Ichabod Crane walking into a school today and not being the least confused is the painful truth.

On the other hand, while there are some good ideas to think about, it doesn't look very carefully at the core of "What is institutional education and what should it be", a thorough analysis of which is basically required before suggesting the necessity of change.
many things to think about concerning collaborative learning... read it and we'll chat :-)
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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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