Thursday, December 18, 2014

Open Letter to "Mapping the Future..."

Cathy Davidson's post to the students in the Mapping the Futures of Higher Ed post contains a great description of what she labels, The Big Why?, why we are doing all of this....

Key quotes, 'First, we believe higher education is crucial to a productive, happy, independent, socially responsible adult life. '

'The interactive, adaptive methods we will be using in this class are based on research directed toward promoting student success: student study groups, peer-leadership, interest-driven learning, systematic un-learning, peer-mentoring, public contribution to knowledge, and constant feedback on learning progress.  NB: These methods work for everyone, from doctoral students to economically disadvantaged middle-school students.  The best research on the efficacy of study groups for educational success was undertaken at Harvard and replicated in Chicago urban public middle and high schools.'

'Higher education needs to be revitalized and transformed for the contemporary world of cultural diversity, technological complexity, and constant change.'

More here at the Futures Initiative....

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