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How It All Works: Breaking Down the Structure and Purpose of “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education”

We are often asked to carefully break down exactly how the “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” course  is  structured.  It seems more complex than it is but since, to our knowledge, no one has done anything like this before, it is worth tracing out each of the parts for this exercise in innovative peer-learning […]

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March 10: Open Session on Student-Centered Pedagogy (Livestreamed!)

Join us March 10 for Student-Centered Pedagogy: a workshop for innovative classroom practices focusing on collaboration, crowdsourcing, and experiential learning. What does peer learning look like across disciplines? What are the risks and rewards of a student-centered classroom? Join the Futures Initiative seminar, “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” and members of the student-centered pedagogy […]

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Virtual Mapping

This past October at our first public Futures Initiative event at the Graduate Center, Curtis Wong, the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, gave a talk entitled “Mapping the Universe and Other Small Things.” In his talk, he mentioned a study from 1993 that asked children to a) point out Madagascar on a world map, and b) point […]

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The Single Best Method For Class (Or Any Kind of) Participation (Thx SciFi Genius Samuel Delany)

Whenever the great science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany teaches or gives a talk, he asks questions and has one requirement:  everyone has to raise a hand.  Everyone.  Whether one knows the answer, doesn’t know, or doesn’t understand the question, he insists that every hand go up and he calls someone at random.  They can […]

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Collaborative Learning for a Digital Age

This is an excerpt from Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011).   It was published, in this condensed format, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education. August 26, 2011 Collaborative Learning for the Digital Age Kevin Van […]

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What Are We Missing in Higher Ed and How Can We Change It–Today?: Podcast

Bonni Stachoiwiak did a great job interviewing me and editing this podcast on “Teaching in Higher Ed,” “How To See What We’re Missing in Higher Ed“: http://teachinginhighered.com/podcast/cathy-davidson/ Follow here on Twitter:  Bonni Stachowiak @bonni208:  Thanks so much, Bonni.  It was great talking to you–and I love your blog and podcasts. “How to see what we’ve been missing […]

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Five Ways to Be Part of “Mapping the Futures of Higher Ed” #FuturesEd

“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” is a series of courses at the Graduate Center and throughout the CUNY system.  It is also a collaborative, peer-driven movement to rethink the best ways of learning for higher education–and YOU are invited to participate.  Here’s how: Sign up for the Futures Initiative Group on hastac.org and you […]

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Reflections on Futures Initiative Open Session: Rethinking Evaluation and Assessment in Online and Blended Learning Environments

On December 8th, Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education, joined us for a Futures Initiative Open Session. This was a very topical kick-off to our Open Sessions as we are gearing up for our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education, being co-taught by Dr. Cathy […]

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