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The Future of Thinking : Learning Institutions in a Digital Age - Cathy N. Davidson

The Future of Thinking

Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

Paperback Published: 31st March 2010
ISBN: 9780262513746
Number Of Pages: 316
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Over the past two decades, the way we learn has changed dramatically. We have new sources of information and new ways to exchange and to interact with information. But our schools and the way we teach have remained largely the same for years, even centuries. What happens to traditional educational institutions when learning also takes place on a vast range of Internet sites, from Pokemon Web pages to Wikipedia? This report investigates how traditional learning institutions can become as innovative, flexible, robust, and collaborative as the best social networking sites. The authors propose an alternative definition of "institution" as a "mobilizing network"--emphasizing its flexibility, the permeability of its boundaries, its interactive productivity, and its potential as a catalyst for change--and explore the implications for higher education. "The Future of Thinking" reports on innovative, virtual institutions. It also uses the idea of a virtual institution both as part of its subject matter and as part of its process: the first draft was hosted on a Web site for collaborative feedback and writing. The authors use this experiment in participatory writing as a test case for virtual institutions, learning institutions, and a new form of collaborative authorship. The finished version is still posted and open for comment. This book is the full-length report of the project, which was summarized in an earlier MacArthur volume, "The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age." "The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning"

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Contributorsp. xvii
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
Customized and Participatory Learningp. 21
Our Digital Agep. 49
Implications for Learning and Its (Online) Institutions
FLIDA 101p. 83
A Pedagogical Allegory
Institutions as Mobilizing Networksp. 125
(Or, ôI Hate the InstitutionùBut I Love What It Did for Meö)
HASTACp. 145
A Case Study of a Virtual Learning Institution as a Mobilizing Network
(In)Conclusivep. 175
Thinking the Future of Digital Thinking
Notesp. 201
Bibliography I: Selected Books, Articles, and Reportsp. 223
Digital Learning, Technology, and Educationp. 223
Institutionsp. 227
Social Networking and Knowledge Sharingp. 229
Gaming and Virtual Worldsp. 233
Ethics, Law, Politics, and Activismp. 237
Global Markets and Culturep. 239
Youth Culturep. 241
Race, Gender, and Ethnicityp. 244
History of Writing, Learning, and the Bookp. 244
Reportsp. 245
Bibliography II: Resources and Modelsp. 247
K-12: Innovative Schoolsp. 247
K-12: Digital Learning Programs and Researchp. 256
Higher Education: Institutions, Research, and Projectsp. 262
Continuing and Distance Educationp. 277
Journals and Online Resourcesp. 281
Blogsp. 285
Works by the Principal Investigatorsp. 287
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ISBN: 9780262513746
ISBN-10: 0262513749
Series: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 31st March 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.36