Below is my draft description for the Tutorial Thinking for a Digital Age that I am offering to five to seven Duke students (and maybe one or two UNC students) while I am on sabbatical this year. (Sorry, I can't offer this online or virtually. It is partly about the relays between online and offline learning and it needs actual, physical presence this time---who knows what it will morph into in the future!) Thinking for a Digital Age uses a peer-apprenticeship, project-management, collaboration by difference, learning-as-you-do pedagogical model. So far, deans and chairs have signed off and I am waiting for one more level of authorization (plus administrative editing of some of the details below) and then I will be looking for a group of really fabulous students who want to soar.
TUTORIAL Thinking for a Digital Age
English 195T, English 391.03, ISIS 298 (and possibly Computer Science and Pratt too)
Professor: Cathy N. Davidson
Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
I am opening a Tutorial--a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-interest, multi-skill, multi-generational, project-based, multi-person Independent Study--for up to five or seven students who believe this content, method, and approach can be life-changing and career-making. Unless you go into this Tutorial with that level of excitement and ambition, it's not for you. This should be thought of as an immersive experience equivalent to study abroad. The foreign land you will be exploring in this Tutorial is the future of communication: new modes of collaborative, customizing, multimedia, community-based, customizing exchange, interaction, broadcasting, publishing. You will be studying it and publishing your progress as you do it, as you think about the implications (privacy, security, open access, the open web, intellectual property, etc) of what you are doing. This is contributory, remix, online/offline, peer-apprentice immersive learning. Learning 3.0.
I am on sabbatical this year, but I and the HASTAC team are involved in so many exciting projects that I've decided to turn our Fall agenda into a project-based, "peer apprenticeship" collaborative Tutorial (group independent study). For the right group of students being part of a project-based Tutorial based around these events and projects will be an unequalled opportunity.
If you like it, if you are up for a challenge, if you think this could bring together everything you have learned so far and shape it in new ways, then drop me an email, send me a resume, let me know why you want to take this Tutorial and what skills you bring to it.
I put the word skills in quotation marks because you define what a skill is.
You might know code.
You might be a Level 80 WoW gamer.
You might be a great graphic artist or a multimedia artist or an electronic musician.
Or maybe you know everything about what makes an iPad sing or Twitter tweet the sweetest. Or you are a cracker-jack Drupal programmer. Or live for Python. Or you have ideas about what the next "newspaper" will look like or are interested in how online community practices can translate into offline, real world civic engagement. Or you have ideas about the future of reading, writing, and publishing. You know the history of the book and want to envision its future.
You know that one of our projects is partnering with Mozilla Foundation on the first annual Drumbeat Festival on Learning, Freedom and the Open Web and you want to contribute all you can to keeping the Web open and have "hackideas" on how to do that. Or you are a tinkerer, involved in the Hackerspace movement. Or you might have no particular skills that we have names for but you absolutely know that, when you are on a team, the team wins.
You know how to make that happen.
HASTAC's new intern, Anna Rose Beck, majored in BME and is making a career as a singer-songwriter in the rapidly changing environment of the music industry ( http://reverbnation.com/annarosebeck
are relevant to her being selected as an intern with HASTAC.
Think about what skills and interests you could offer to a group, what leadership role you could play in the various projects we are pursuing. Here's the pedagogical (game mechanics) theory behind the Tutorial: the more you contribute, the more you have to offer, the harder you play, then the more you gain. We are after the Epic Win.
what I will be doing for the next several months and what the HASTAC team will be doing.
This tutorial is an opportunity for a core of dedicated students to make the most of these engagements.
You will learn by doing.
You will learn by contributing.
You will be doing research and then designing ways for that research to reach as many others as possible and make a difference in the world.
You will be invited to our team meetings and invited to participate in those meetings and propose agenda items for them.
You will be part of conference planning and participating in several of the events we are hosting.
You will be building resources and projects and communities on line around these set events (again, check out the blog); you will be identifying and rallying a community to contribute to your research. You will be helping us as we rebuild www.hastac.org this year and expand our networking efforts.
How will you do that?
How will you work with a group of other students--graduate and undergraduate and professional school, in different majors, with different skills--to take this singular opportunity and make the most of it, for yourself, for the others in the project, and for a larger community online that will be learning from all you do as you learn?
Write me by August 15. I can only take 5-7 students. I am on sabbatical. I don't want to waste my time. Or yours. Or that of the other students in the Tutorial. Tell me why you should be in this Tutorial this Fall.