The HASTAC Guide to the Future of Higher Education: Chapter 1

The HASTAC Guide to the Future of Higher Education: Chapter 1

To supplement the History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education MOOC and as part of the FutureEd initiative, HASTAC has created The HASTAC Guide to the Future of Higher Education: Collected Readings Contributed by our Network Members, a collection of additional readings. To suggest additional resources, please leave a comment below.

Chapter 1: Guiding Principles

This chapter introduces some of the themes and guiding principles, including the idea of a purposive, activist history--learning how and why educational institutions were constructed in the past for specific historical purposes helps us to understand the present and gives us some tools for shaping a different future.  We review information revolutions from cuneiform (the beginning of writing in Ancient Mesopotamia) to the World Wide Web and suggests that, although there are different forms and practices of education in different countries, the movement toward compulsory, public education was a worldwide movement inspired by the last Information Age, the Industrial Age brought about by mass printing.  Pundits were alarmed back then, too, about distraction, shallowness, lack of values, attention, or the work ethic in the youth of the era--even about pedophiles preying on young girls made defenseless from too much novel reading. The week closes by reviewing the “21st century literacies” needed in an era where issues of privacy, publicity, security, access, cost, ethics, intellectual property, safety, credibility, collaboration, global consciousness, design, open learning, and ethics all need careful consideration. 

We've curated content on: 

  • History of the Book and Information Ages
  • Peer Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • 21st Century Digital Literacies
  • Internet Ethics, Safety and Trolls

Please suggest your favorite HASTAC post about these topics using the comment feature at the bottom of the page. 

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