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The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University
     

The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University

by Elizabeth Losh
 

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ISBN-10: 0262027380

ISBN-13: 9780262027380

Pub. Date: 05/31/2014

Publisher: MIT Press

Behind the lectern stands the professor, deploying course management systems, online quizzes, wireless clickers, PowerPoint slides, podcasts, and plagiarism-detection software. In the seats are the students, armed with smartphones, laptops, tablets, music players, and social networking. Although these two forces seem poised to do battle with each other, they are

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Behind the lectern stands the professor, deploying course management systems, online quizzes, wireless clickers, PowerPoint slides, podcasts, and plagiarism-detection software. In the seats are the students, armed with smartphones, laptops, tablets, music players, and social networking. Although these two forces seem poised to do battle with each other, they are really both taking part in a war on learning itself. In this book, Elizabeth Losh examines current efforts to "reform" higher education by applying technological solutions to problems in teaching and learning. She finds that many of these initiatives fail because they treat education as a product rather than a process. Highly touted schemes — video games for the classroom, for example, or the distribution of iPads — let students down because they promote consumption rather than intellectual development. Losh analyzes recent trends in postsecondary education and the rhetoric around them, often drawing on first-person accounts. In an effort to identify educational technologies that might actually work, she looks at strategies including MOOCs (massive open online courses), the gamification of subject matter, remix pedagogy, video lectures (from Randy Pausch to "the Baked Professor"), and educational virtual worlds. Finally, Losh outlines six basic principles of digital learning and describes several successful university-based initiatives. Her book will be essential reading for campus decision makers — and for anyone who cares about education and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262027380
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/31/2014
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 What They Learn in College 17

2 The War on Learning 37

3 On Camera: The Baked Professor Makes His Debut 77

4 From Reality TV to the Research University: Coursecasting and Pedogogical Drama 91

5 The Rhetoric of the Open Courseware Movement 115

6 Honor Coding: Plagiarism Software and Educational Opportunism 151

7 Toy Problems: Education as Product 169

8 The Play's the Thing: Games and Virtual Worlds in Higher Education 187

9 Gaining Ground in the Digital University 221

Notes 241

Index 291

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