Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education
A quiet revolution is sweeping across US colleges and universities as schools rethink how students learn both inside and outside the classroom. Technology is changing not only what should be taught but how best to teach it. From active learning and inclusive pedagogy to online and hybrid courses, traditional institutions are leveraging their fundamental strengths while challenging long-standing assumptions about how teaching and learning happen.
At this intersection of learning, technology, design, and organizational change lies the foundation of a new academic discipline of digital learning. Coalescing around this new field of study is a common critical language, along with a set of theoretical frameworks, methodological practices, and shared challenges and goals. In Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education, Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney explore the context of this new discipline, show how it exists within a larger body of scholarship, and give examples of how this scholarship is being used on campuses.
What Kim and Maloney demonstrate in this foundational text is an understanding that change is a complex dynamic between what happens in the classroom and the larger institutional structures and traditions at play. Ultimately, the authors make a compelling case not only for this turn to learning but also for creating new pathways for nonfaculty learning careers, understanding the limits of professional organizations and social media, and the need to establish this new interdisciplinary field of learning innovation.
About the Authors
Joshua Kim is the director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning and a senior fellow at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. Edward Maloney is a professor of English at Georgetown University, where he is the executive director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship and the founding director of the Program in Learning, Design, and Technology.
"Examining how universities take insight from learning science and apply it organizationally and systematically, this book asks important questions while positioning itself within some key debates that have been going on for the past decade or so in higher education. Kim and Maloney seek to make real-world change in addition to contributing knowledge about this emerging field and set of practices."
"Kim and Maloney offer a nuanced exploration of what higher education institutions need to consider in order to evolve and thrive in changing times. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in where higher education is going and what to do when we get there."
"As technology transforms how we live and work, universities are waking up to their obligation to educate students as adaptable lifelong learners. Kim and Maloney have written an important study of the currents changing how we teach and learn, sounding an articulate call for institutional change. They offer a valuable reminder that, to serve the learners of tomorrow, universities must foster a culture of innovation today.Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney"
"Malone and Kim assemble a range of evidence from across academia to offer both illumination and inspiration for learning innovation, alongside practical steps for college and university progress. They demonstrate that higher education is in the midst of a renaissance in teaching and learning, even while increasing pressures hit that sector."
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