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Thoughts from a MOOC on higher education.

On January 27th, Cathy Davidson, a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University, began teaching a six-week MOOC on the history and future of higher education. Ms. Davidson is also teaching a face-to-face graduate class on the same topic. The students in that course, who are helping to facilitate the MOOC, are blogging here about the design of the MOOC and the ideas being discussed.

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Changing Higher Education to Change the World

Cathy Davidson looks back on the MOOC and wonders what is needed to turn the experience into a movement in the real world.

5 Tips From a MOOC Producer

Kaysi Holman passes on what she learned while working behind the camera on the “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.”

What We Risk if We Risk Nothing at All

Allowing for creative chaos is necessary for learning, says Brenda Burmeister.

A Practical Guide for Institutional Change

Matthew Clark discusses how clearly identifying problems, creating alliances, and starting from the ground up offer the best chance for success.

Interdisciplinary Research and Critical Friends

Elizabeth Pitts, a graduate student interested in interdisciplinary learning, wonders how to best make productive collaborations.

Breaking Down Barriers Between the Humanities and the Sciences

Leslie Niiro, a Duke undergraduate, says the real value of college is in the connections made through different types of thinking, understanding, and communication.

We Should Apply the Slow-Food Movement to Higher Education

Colleges need to offer more than convenience and familiarity via prepackaged learning practices and standardized degree requirements, says Jennifer Stratton.

Autism, Hackers, and the Future of Higher Education

With work, MOOCs could do a better job than traditional college courses in educating students who have ADHD, autism, and other special needs, says Malina Chavez.

Aim Even Higher: Designing Higher Education From Scratch

MOOCs provide an opportunity not only to reshape higher education collectively but also to re-examine why we educate ourselves in the first place, writes Max Ramseyer.

Attention and Focus in the Age of Online Education

The 21st century demands a curriculum that integrates different styles of attention, says Clifford A. Robinson.
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