Starting in January, 2014, Cathy Davidson, a renowned professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University and co-founder of HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), is leading a learning community and presenting a Coursera MOOC on the history and future of higher education. She describes it like this:
Concerned about the challenges facing Future of Higher Education? Join us and be part of the solution. “The History and Future of Higher Education” is an open, multi-institutional, worldwide, user-inspired, HASTAC-led initiative dedicated to transforming higher education. In January, HASTAC will host a group wiki for a collaborative effort to build an international resource guide for thinking through the kind of education we need now, for pedagogical innovations, and for institutional action items that will help all of us to think constructively and creatively about change. A MOOC on the history and future of higher ed, beginning in late January, will extend our reach to an anticipated audience of tens of thousands of participants worldwide.
Dozens of universities around the World will be holding simultaneous classes, workshops and other events to explore the history and future of higher education together, in person and online. Beth Simon and I invite you to join us in the Center for Teaching Development on Wednesday afternoons, beginning on January 8, 2014. From 1-2 pm, we’ll watch the videos from Cathy Davidson’s MOOC, followed by a discussion from 2-3 pm.
To give you a hint about what to expect,
here’s the final project:
Design a university. From scratch.
We’re asking you to make a commitment to participating each Wednesday from January 8 – March 3, 2014. If you can spare 2 hours, we encourage you to watch the MOOC videos with us and then stay for the discussion from 2-3 pm. (You’re also welcome to watch the videos on your own each week and join us on Wednesday at 2pm in the CTD.) Together, we can strengthen our local community, connect with others communities and show the world that UCSD is looking ahead to the future of higher education.
If you’re interested in joining us,
please fill out this form.