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It's (not a MOOC) a Movement--Here's a Roster of the Growing List of Movers and Shakers in Higher Ed

We keep saying "It's not a MOOC, it's a movement."   The free, open Coursera MOOC we've made on "The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education" goes for six weeks, starting on January 27, 2014, but it is simply the catalyst for about half a dozen major, international crowdsourced research projects we've designed into the MOOC (such as an international timeline of educational innovation:  no such resource currently exists), and, most important, is an organizing platform for dozens of institutions, informal groups, classes, and interested others to get together to really talk serious about how we got to this place and where we will go from here.   Below is a list of the FutureEd partners who are using this occasion to talk deeply and seriously about the future of education--and to report back to all of us on what they are finding.   

If you want to add a course (or a webinar, an event, a discussion group), and be part of our roster, just click on the "ADD A CLASS" button at FutureEd  and fill out the simple form.  You can also also "opt in" for newsletters and updates of public onsite and online events. 

It's not a MOOC.  It's a movement.


  • Tom Abeles, editor, On the Horizon journal, Rwanda
  • Bryan Alexander, senior fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and author of Future Trends in Technology and Education
  • Rindy Anderson and Stephen Nowicki, Duke University, "How Organisms Communicate"
  • Anne Balsamo, Media Studies, New School, NY,  "DOCC 2013: Redesigning MOOCs for (truly) Transformative Learning" (Syllabus)
  • Randy Bass and Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Georgetown University, "The Future of Georgetown University as a Design Problem"
  • Steven L. Berg, Departments of English and History and Ocelot Scholars program, Schoolcraft College
  • Steve Brier and Matt Gold, CUNY Graduate Center,  "Digital Praxis Seminar"
  • Terry Brown, Provos and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York-Fredonia, Friday Morning Coffee and Discussion
  • Simone Browne, African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, "Race, Culture, Migration and the Digital"
  • Lisa Cartwright and Elizabeth Losh, University of California, San Diego, "Feminist Infrastructures and Technocultures"
  • Kandice Chuh, English,  CUNY Graduate Center,  "Introduction to Doctoral Studies in English"
  • Dr Thomas Cochrane (AUT University, New Zealand), Prof. Dr Ilona Buchem (Beuth University, Berlin), Dr Mar Camacho (University of Tarragona, Catalunia), Catherine Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway), Averill Gordon (AUT University, New Zealand), Helen Keegan (Salford University, UK), Dr Sarah Howard (University of Wollongong, Australia),Bernie Goldbach (Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland), #iCollab community of practice. 
  • Coimbra Group (GC), Association of 40 European Universities, "eLearning and eTechnology Taskforce," Video Seminar Series, Beginning January 2014
  • Columbia University, numerous courses in equity, international policy, American Studies, on the purpose and future of higher education
  • Arindam Datta, with Nader Tehrani, Liam O’Brien, Joel Lamere, Lorena Bello, Cristina Parreno Alonso, Irene Hwang, and others, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),  "Biocapitalism in the Knowledge Economy"
  • Davidson College President’s Office
  • Cathy Davidson,  Program in Information Science + Information Studies and PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University, "The History and Future of Higher Education" (Syllabus--comments and additions welcome!)
  • Chicago Humanities Summit Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with the Modern Language Association, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, January 9, 9-noon, Chicago, Il
  • Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Comparative Literature and the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University, "Reimagining the History and Future of Queer Studies in Higher Education:  By Students, For Students" (draft course description)
  • FemTechNet Collective, “Distributed Open Online Collaboration (DOCC)”
  • Ashley Ferro-Murray, “MOOCing? A Contemporary Dance.” Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California Berkeley.
  • Caitlin Fisher, Film, York University, Toronto  "Future Cinema"
  • Inderpal Grewal and Laura Wexler, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies, Yale University, "Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Digital Humanities"
  • Nadav Hochman, doctoral candidate, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh. Visiting Scholar, Software Studies Initiative, The Graduate Center, CUNY. "Visualizing Cultural Patterns in Social Media Photography." April 10, Duke University.
  • Katie King, Women's Studies and American Studies, University of Maryland, “Experiments in Feminist Learning”
  • Julie Thompson Klein, English, Wayne State University, "Digital Humanities" and "Community and Identity in Digital Media"
  • Adeline Koh, Center for Digital Humanities, Stockton College, "Introduction to Digital Humanities" (Syllabus)
  • Iain MacLaren, MA in Academic Practice and Course on Curricular Design, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • Richard Marciano, Information Science and Director, Sustaining Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT), University of North Carolina, "Data, Public Scholarship, Community Participation, and New Models for Learning in Higher Education"  [workshop]
  • Robert McCaughey, Columbia University, "Alma Mater: The History of American Colleges and Universities"
  • Katherine McKittrick, Gender Studies, Queen's University, Canada, "Black Creative Science Cluster and Workshop"
  • Tara McPherson, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California,  "Digital Media and Learning" (community-based praxis course), plus workshops on digital publishing at humanities centers around the U.S.
  • Bill Meador, TEDxABQED and Central New Mexico Community College
  • Ministerio Cultura of Lima, Peru, "Hemispheric Pathways:  Critical Makers in International Networks" HASTAC 2014 Conference, April 24-27, 2014.
  • Sean Michael Morris, Managing Editor, Hybrid Pedagogy
  • James L. Morrison, UNC-Chapel Hill, "An Interview with a Futurist: The University is Dead! Long Live the University!"
  • Chris Newfield, English, University of California Santa Barbara, "English Majoring After College (Histories and Futures of Higher Education)"
  • David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford, "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education:  Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs"
  • PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University, Online Learning Research Module
  • Todd Presner, UCLA, Digital Humanities 201: “Introduction to Digital Humanities: Methods of Knowledge Design”
  • Noel Radomski, Director and Associate Researcher, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
  • Howard Rheingold, Stanford University, "Social Media Literacies"
  • Jentery Sayers, English, University of Victoria, Canada, "Digital Literary Studies: Histories and Principles"
  • Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, "Occupation: From Space and Time to Practice and Politics" [focal research theme]
  • Elin O’Hara Slavick, Art Department, UNC-Chapel Hill. “Visualizing Science.”
  • Doris Sommer, Romance Studies and African and African American Studies, "Pre-Texts: the Arts Interpret" [workshop]
  • Jesse Stommel, Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts, University of Wisconsin/Madison, and Hybrid Pedagogy
  • Kristen Treglia, Fordham University. History and Future of Education face-to-face discussion groups.
  • Laura Wexler, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies, Yale University, "DOCC 2013: Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture"
  • Alan White, Undergraduate STEM Education, University of South Carolina
  • Paul Yachnin and Leigh Yetter, McGill University, The Future of Graduate Education and Training in the Humanities
  • Mia Zamora and Erica Holan, Writing Project, Kean University,  "Exploring Connected Learning"


"From the beginning, JustPublics@365 has been deeply engaged in questions of transformation in higher education, so we are partnering with Davidson and HASTAC to bring discussions of the Davidson’s course and of #FutureEd. to the CUNY Graduate Center.

We will meet on Fridays, January 24-March 14 from  12pm-1pm in the Dining Commons (on 8th Floor).  Everyone is welcome (if you don’t work at the GC, simply come to the building at 365 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 34th St., show your photo ID, and proceed to the elevators to the 8th floor).  Discussions will be lead by: Lisa Brundage (Director, CUNY Advance), Jessie Daniels (Professor), and Polly Thistlethwaite (Chief Librarian)."


This is so great.  I'll be in NY on Jan 24 . . . if I can, I'll come on by for lunch if that would be okay!