Future of Thinking Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

ISBN-10: 0262513749
ISBN-13: 9780262513746
Edition: 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 Thinkingreports 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 Foreword
Preface
Contributors
Introduction and Overview
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
Customized and Participatory Learning
Our Digital Age
Implications for Learning and Its (Online) Institutions
FLIDA 101
A Pedagogical Allegory
Institutions as Mobilizing Networks
(Or, �I Hate the Institution�But I Love What It Did for Me�)
HASTAC
A Case Study of a Virtual Learning Institution as a Mobilizing Network
(In)Conclusive
Thinking the Future of Digital Thinking
Notes
Bibliography I: Selected Books, Articles, and Reports
Digital Learning, Technology, and Education
Institutions
Social Networking and Knowledge Sharing
Gaming and Virtual Worlds
Ethics, Law, Politics, and Activism
Global Markets and Culture
Youth Culture
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
History of Writing, Learning, and the Book
Reports
Bibliography II: Resources and Models
K-12: Innovative Schools
K-12: Digital Learning Programs and Research
Higher Education: Institutions, Research, and Projects
Continuing and Distance Education
Journals and Online Resources
Blogs
Works by the Principal Investigators

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