The world has changed drastically since the 19th century when modern higher education was invented for the era of the telegraph and the Model T. How can higher education reinvent itself, now, to prepare students for the complicated world they have inherited? In this talk, Cathy N. Davidson, renowned educator and scholar of technology and cognition, challenges us all to invent the future of learning together. She looks back at the history of higher education and the beginning of academic professionalization, analyzes how the digital age has altered the mission and function of higher education, and then ends with practical suggestions for ways professors can transform the classroom experience for maximum participation, creativity and engagement.
Davidson asks what if the classroom were structured as a training ground for life beyond school? What if the classroom were structured for asking tough questions and for addressing problems without answers? What if classrooms were structured for navigating technology and new publics? And, most important, what if the classroom were structured for workforce readiness and for world readiness? In The Future of Learning, Davidson challenges faculty, students, staff and community members to think together about these crucial questions for the future of our society.
Cathy N. Davidson is a leading innovator in the areas of institutional change, professional development and personal health, success and performance in the digital age. A distinguished scholar of the history of technology, she is the author of 20 books on technology, education, and cognitive neuroscience. Her appearance at Drew is generously supported by the endowment for the Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture and is presented as part of the Drew Forum speaker series.
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