Education’s digital future has not yet been determined. We are building it now. That task raises very large questions. How do people learn best digitally? What does educational equity mean in a digital world? Who will profit in a greatly expanded market for digital educational products, and who will make the rules for this marketplace? How will quality standards for digital learning be determined and enforced?
We do not pretend to have all the answers, but we are trying to ask the right questions. We know that many of the most important questions are not just technical. They implicate the politics, ethics, and very meaning of education at a new moment in the history of modernity.
Over the past year we have been joined by many voices. People from throughout Stanford have enriched our weekly class discussions. Leaders in business, government, and the global academy have joined our public forums. Highlights of past activity are available here.
Our work grows apace with the international conversation on digital learning and will continue throughout the coming year. During Fall 2013 Mitchell Stevens offers EDUC 355x Higher Education and Society as a cognate of Education’s Digital Future. Each and every class session is open to the general public. Registered Stanford students may opt to take the course for credit. We plan to link other courses with edf during Winter and Spring quarters.
As ever, public forums, daily website updates, and Twitter feeds will keep discussion going 24/7. Stay tuned.