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Learning Environments

The Skinner Box is an ideal learning environment–for certain kinds of learning: It’s safe to say that liberal learning, complex critical thinking, innovation, indeed all the higher-order thinking skills vital to the 21st century, are not well served by the … Continue reading

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“Libraries of the Future”

J. C. R. Licklider has as strong a claim as anyone to be called the inventor of the Internet–or at least the inventor whose vision and tireless evangelizing propelled the Internet into being. From his 1960 essay “Man-Computer Symbiosis” to … Continue reading

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The VT 2020 Difference: A Blog Post From The Future

An imagined blog post by “Clay,” a member of the Virginia Tech Class of 2020, reflecting on the ways in which his alma mater invented the future of networked learning communities. Clay’s blog – a student at Virginia Tech in … Continue reading

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Learning And Technology: Further Resources

1989 University Task Force Report (Digital Technology)   [slideshare id=7753307&doc=1989univ-taskforcereportdigitaltechnology-110427104639-phpapp02] 2011 Horizon Report (descriptive and predictive timetable for uses of emerging technology in higher education) 2020 Teachers 6 Top Ten Tech Trends on the Horizon for Higher Education, The Chronicle … Continue reading

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AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes: LEAP Report

The American Association of Colleges and Universities’ LEAP Project identifies these essential outcomes for 21st-century learners: Technology-enabled active learning can empower and enrich all these outcomes. Recommendation 5 in the document, however, is of special interest in this context: Kindly … Continue reading

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From Instruction Manuals to Collaborative Course Resources: The Future of E-Textbooks

What publishers typically call “eTexts” in 2011 do not radically reimagine the idea of an interactive learning resource. We need to move toward the untapped potential for course-based learning resources to foster students’ abilities to be more “knowledge-able” (to move … Continue reading

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Organizational Systems Subcommittee Report

Organizational Systems for VT2020 The Organizational Systems Subcommittee of the Task Force on Instructional Technology was asked to respond to the questions “Where is the edge?” and “Who is on the edge?”  License was granted to alter the questions, and … Continue reading

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The Case For Change

We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race. –Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power Of Organizing Without Organizations (2008) My personal view is we are observing the early … Continue reading

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Pedagogy, Faculty, Resources

Three primary elements for evaluating the strength of a program are pedagogy, faculty, and resources. Pedagogy is, of course, the most difficult to gauge for visitors; however, its mix of philosophy, technique, and sense of “mysticism” are the engine that drives faculty engagement … Continue reading

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“Innovation College”: A Magical Incubator for VT

MIT’s Building 20, built in 1943, was called the “Magical Incubator” because over the course of its long history it housed a range of laboratories involved in some of the most important and ground-breaking developments in science and technology, from … Continue reading

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