This is an archive of videos I’ve made over the years about digital technology and higher education.
(2016) Habits of the Creative Mind: Ann and I discuss why we collaborated on a book about the practice of creative thinking.
The Future of the Humanities
In the following three videos, which were collaboratively produced between 2008 and 2010, I offer my vision of the threat that technology poses to traditional bricks and mortar education and the possibilities that emerge when one begins writing, thinking, and teaching in the screen-centric world.
These lectures were delivered multiple times, some as part of Apple’s short-lived AcademiX Conference. The fourth lecture in the series, This is How We Write, was delivered a number of times, but was never preserved in edited form because the administrative structure that supported this collaborative work was dismantled.
I. The Center Cannot Hold (2009)
Web 2.0 technology has underwritten a radical redistribution of expertise. Have a question about an ailment? The cost of an automobile? Comparative mortgage rates? Competing theories of religious freedom? Approaches to reading the Constitution? It’s all just a few clicks away on the internet. How can we prepare students to think amidst this depthless flow of information? How do we go about cultivating curiosity? creativity? understanding? Composing with new media is not analogous to writing; collaborating with new media is not analogous to co-editing; the creation of the internet is not analogous to the invention of the printing press. Our 2.0 World is not an upgrade of what came before. The paradigm for human communication has shifted. Is there a place for the teaching of writing in the 21st century? In this collaborative presentation, I argue for exploring the possibility of constructing a rich and productive learning environment for the 21st century, one equal to addressing the global problems that have already come to define the new millennium.
II. This is How We Dream (2009)
Originally posted in 2009, This is How We Dream articulates my vision for an idea-driven humanities.
III. This is How We Think (2010)
In This is How We Think, I argue that education must change now that we live in a world where information abounds, where reading and research have moved from the library to the laptop, and where the act of learning itself is making its way out of the shadows into the public eye.
The Future is Now
Presentation made to the Board of Governors in 2008 calling for the establishment of a Digital Humanities Center.
Additional examples may be found on the t2c youtube page: