HASTAC #FutureEd

HASTAC #FutureEd

This is a group for "The History and Future of Higher Education," a multi-institutional collaborative project initiated by the HASTAC alliance which is coordinating the teaching of a number of diverse courses, workshops, and reading groups, in different locations and online, on the future of higher education beginning in January of  2014.  We hope to engage students around the world in a dynamic conversation about the education that is their future. Anyone is invited to offer a course or informal learning program on any aspect of the history and future of (mostly higher) education in order to contribute to this project. 


Below is the growing list of co-located courses on some general or specific aspect of the history and/or future of higher education.  Several others are currently finalizing arrangements with their departments to participate. Several of us are scheduling class meetings, events, or office hours Wednesdays, 5-8 pm EST as a common time for webinars, Google HangOuts, and other public online events.  The courses have different lengths, different focus and formats, with different syllabi, and offered across many universities in different countries, as well as informal reading groups, teacher professional development seminars, and non-credit courses at some high schools and possibly one middle school:

  • 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
  • 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, Schoolcraft College
  • Steve Brier and Matt Gold, CUNY Graduate Center,  "Digital Praxis Seminar"
  • Simone Browne, African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, "Race, Culture, Migration and the Digital"
  • Lisa Cartwright and Elizabeth Losh, Univeristy of California, San Diego, "Feminist Infrastructures and Technocultures"
  • Kandice Chuh, English,  CUNY Graduate Center,  "Introduction to Doctoral Studies in English"
  • 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),  "Biocapitlism in the Knowledge Economy"
  • 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!)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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"
  • 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]
  • Katherine McKittrick, Department of Geography, 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 wrokshops on digital publishing at humanities centers around the U.S.
  • 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
  • Chris Newfield, English, University of California Santa Barbara, "Literature, College, Creativity, Corporation"
  • David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford, "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education:  Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs" (course syllabus)
  • 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]
  • 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
  • Laura Wexler, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies, Yale University, "DOCC 2013: Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture"
  • Mia Zamora and Erica Holan, Writing Project, Kean University,  "Exploring Connected Learning"

Credit for this idea of a co-located hybrid and diverse course comes from many previous co-located projects, including, most recently, a multi-university American studies forum initiated by Prof Kandice Chuh at CUNY Graduate Center in 2012 and the upcoming (Fall 2013) FemTechNet DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course): http://fembotcollective.org/femtechnet/faq-for-femtechnet/ , led in part by one of HASTAC's founding leaders, Anne Balsamo, Dean of Media Studies at the New School, NYC. 

To our knowledge, "The History and Future of Higher Education" is the first coordinated multi-university initiative dedicated to thinking together about the future of the university, including the importance of public funding for education, the crucial role of the humanities in discussions of educational technology,  digital humanities, new pedagogies  and community engagement, peer-to-peer open learning, collaborative learning, new interactive technologies of learning, the different values and limitations of face-to-face and online education, and innovative models and methods of learning offered by faculty and students across the many institutions and disciplines in higher education.

If you are interested in offering a formal or informal course, a reading group, even a one-time workshop or other event around this theme (however loosely configured), please let us know.  You can reach us via the Contact Box or by posting a blog on the main hastac.org website.  We hope there is enough energy and interest that this coordinated approach can become a "movement," an activist force galvanizing excitement around new ideas in the humanities and helping to shape expansive new futures for higher education.

NB: Anyone registered to hastac.org can post syllabi and course descriptions or other contributions here.


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