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Concerned about the challenges facing Future of Higher Education?

Join us and be part of the solution. #FutureEd


"The History and Future of Higher Education" is a multi-institutional, worldwide forum on the future of higher education that launched in January of 2014. Cathy Davidson taught this course at Duke and developed it as a MOOC on the Coursera platform. Click here to participate in the MOOC.

  • A growing number of people and institutions are offering courses, workshops, seminars, and reading groups on all aspects of this topic, in different onsite locations and offering online, public participation. A group wiki will be used to create a collaborative resource guide for innovations and action items by our individual and institutional partners. A MOOC on the history and future of higher ed, beginning in late January, will extend our reach to an anticipated audience of 50,000-100,000 participants worldwide.

Faculty Technology Services at Fordham organized an on campus, face-to-face discussion group run concurrently to the MOOC offered in January. We held our sessions simultaneously on both campus once a week during the duration of the MOOC.


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The inspiration for these meetings came from the innovative multi-university online course, “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education,” developed and led by Duke University professor Cathy Davidson, author of Now You See It. We used some of the course material to jump-start an open discussion, moderated by a different person each week. Some of our group members participated in the free course, hosted by Coursera, but it was not a requirement to join the discussion series at Fordham.








Dates, Meeting Places, and Topics for Discussion:

  • January 30: History of Education (RH: McGinley Ballroom; LC: room 518)
  • February 6: Theories of Education and Learning (RH: McGinley Ballroom; LC: room 518)
  • February 13: Digital Literacies (RH: McGinley Ballroom; LC: room 518)
  • February 20: Innovations to Curriculum (RH: O’Keefe Commons; LC: room 518)
  • February 27: Innovations in Pedagogy and Assessment (RH: O’Keefe Commons; LC: room 518)
  • March 6: How Can We Implement Changes at an Institutional Level?(RH: McGinley Ballroom; LC: room 518)

For more information or to contribute to this wiki, please contact Kristen Treglia (Instructional Technologist at Fordham University, treglia@fordham.edu). We will be continuing to add resources to this wiki throughout the discussion series.


"Can 50 face-to-face courses, one massive open online course and more than 50,000 students working together change higher education? That’s what Duke University professor Cathy N. Davidson hopes, even as she embraces the technological issues of guiding an effort the size of a small city."

Read more: 50,000 Strong to Change Higher Ed, Carl Straumsheim; Inside Higher Ed, 11/4/13

History and Future of Education on HASTAC website About the initiative and information on other courses/groups/workshops/discussions



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