Concerned about the challenges facing Future of Higher Education?

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 the same titled course at Duke and developed it as a MOOC on the Coursera platform.  [update, this MOOC is no longer offered on Coursera, but you can visit the page via the Wayback machine]

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 2014. We held our sessions simultaneously on both campus once a week during the duration of the MOOC.

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.


Syllabus for “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education” (readings were not required to join the Fordham lunch-time discussions)


About the History and Future of Education Initiative

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


Ultimate Guide to xMOOCs and cMOOCs


Tech Trends in Education: MOOCs

Kristen’s page on MOOCs

Surviving the MOOC Trenches: Confessions of an Extreme Learner

This was a session at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2014 given by Jonathan Haber, an educational researcher.  He spoke about his experience trying to learn the equivalent of a BA in just 12 months only using MOOC and other open source learning opportunities.  For more about Jonathan and his Degree of Freedom project, visit his website.

Find/Review MOOC and Online Learning courses

Media and Digital Literacy

Resources from the History and Future of Education wiki: Week 3

KQED Education blog: Media Literacy