The photograph is of FutureClass, a two-day series of student-created workshops, panels, hackathons, exercises, and activities put on in a tent in Plaza dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain, as part of HASTAC’s Storming the Academy tent at Mozilla's Drumbeat Festival. Nov 3-5, 2010  http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/mozilla-drumbeat-festival-lea 

 DESIGNING HIGHER EDUCATION FROM SCRATCH:   Evolving, Collaborative Template of Open-Ended Questions

Name of  our university:

 

Logo, mascot, or motto:

 

Drawing or napkin sketch of the university:

 

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ABOUT OUR UNIVERSITY

Our mission is:

Our mission remains the same/changes every year because

We specialize in:

 

Our Location:

(Where would the school be located?  Does it need one location?

Would it be in a building, online, take a whole city as its campus, or maybe the whole world?)

Our university is mobile through

 

Our students are mobile through

Our university is part of a network of

Our students are networked to one another through

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OUR SOCIETY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Our university is nationally located in

Our university is international in scope

At our university, we believe the role of higher education in society is to

We believe X % of our society should have a post-secondary education

‘We believe those without a post-secondary education should have training in

We believe the “sort” for who goes on to tertiary education begins at age

We believe the “sort” for what field you will study in higher ed begins at age

We believe/don’t believe general education is important for everyone because

We believe general education stops in formal education at age

The social philosophy behind our system of education is that higher education leads to social mobility and social mobility is a worthy goal because

The social philosophy behind our system of education is that social mobility is less important than providing everyone, at all social levels, with the means to thrive and those means should be  provided at age

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OUR VALUES

WHAT WE VALUE:

Our mission is:

Our mission remains the same/changes every year because:

We specialize in:

We pride ourselves on:

We value learners who have these skills, abilities, or qualities:

Our learners know that we value these skills, abilities, or qualities because:

Our learning content is designed to transfer these skills, abilities, or qualities by:

We know our learners have these skills, abilities, or qualities when they:

People who work with our learners recognize them for being:

Our organization is part of a network that we value because:

Our learners are networked to one another through:

Our learners are interested in and motivated by:

Our learners do their best when:

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COMPARABLES (Purpose: to elicit great innovative and historical comparisons worldwide)

We compare ourselves to these  X institutions (worldwide) that exist now because

We compare ourselves to X institutions (worldwide) that once existed

We do not believe any feature of our institution resembles any other because

We believe X feature of our institution is unique because

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COSTS

Our tuition is

Our tuition is paid by

For students who cannot afford our tuition, we offer

We do/do not accept philanthropic gifts

We use/do not use state funds

We use/do not use corporate funding

We do/do not have trustees

Our (future) alums will have no role/a role in our future by

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STUDENTS

Our ideal students are:  

We identify our ideal student by word-of-mouth from

We identify our ideal students by/not by test scores

We identify our ideal students by/not by GPA

We identify our ideal students by/not by an open competition

We identify our ideal students by

We contact our ideal students by

We advertise to our ideal students by

We recruit our key students by

 

We define diversity as

 

We ensure that diversity by

 

Our students are all in the age group of X to Y

 

Our pre-requisites for admission are:

 

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PEDAGOGY

All/none/some of our classes are lectures

All/none/some of our classes are seminars

All/none/some of our classes include labs++++++

All/none/some of our classes have experiential learning

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KNOWLEDGE

Our specialty is

 

We have courses in

 

We do not have courses, we have

 

Our courses take place in

 

You do not pass a course in a specific subject, content area, or skill until you

 

Our curriculum is arranged by :

 

We have/do not have required courses in:

 

We have/do not have distribution courses:

 

We have/do not have majors in:

 

Our major in X looks like:

 

We have/do not have minors in:

 

Our minor in X looks like:

 

No, we do not organize knowledge by majors and minors, we organize knowledge by:

 

An example of how we organize knowledge in X is

We offer/do not offer liberal arts or general education that looks like

We are specialist and follow the European and international model of only accepting students into a specialized area

The specialized areas we cover are

 

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LEARNING MATERIALS

We have/do not have textbooks that are

Besides textbooks, we use  

Different courses use different kinds of books and other learning materials such as

Our university has a library which consists of

Our library uses existing/new/open access materials because

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RESEARCH

Our students are/are not engaged in original research on

Our students are/are not engaged in basic research in

Our students are/are not engaged in applied research in

The research and research facilities are funded by

The research is tied to learning/teaching through

The areas of original research are

We do/do not do social science research that may/may not lead to policy decisions

We receive/do not receive funding for policy research from

We support/do not support creative expression--in all the arts--as a fundamental component of research

We support/do not support research in the humanities as a fundamental component of research

Our students conduct original research in collaboration with

Our faculty engage in original research in/with/by/for

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COMMUNITY

Our relationship to the community that surrounds us is

Community members are part of our institution by

Our town is our gown because

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PROGRESS AND PATHWAYS

Classes are/are not graded

Attendance (physical, virtual) is/is not expected/required

You pass a class by

You fail a class by

There is no such thing as passing/failing a course because

We know when you have succeeded at our university, when . . .:

We recognize achievement by this assessment system:

We do not recognize achievement but assume peers will by this system:

We do not recognize achievement but assume our students will recognize it themselves by:

We acknowledge exceptional mastery by

We do not acknowledge one student as more exceptional than another

We have requirements for graduation and they are

We award graduation certificates for

 We do not award any graduation credentials because

We ensure civil, creative behavior by students by

We have/do not have a judiciary system run by

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ASSESSMENT

 

Our current assessment system is

There will/will not be assessment by humans (self, peers, experts/mentors, teachers)

There will/will not be assessment by computers

There will/will not be formative assessment

There will/will not be summative assessment

There will/will not be authentic assessment (assessment of real-world tasks)

There will/will not be rubrics

There will/will not be multiple-choice tests

There will/will not be

There will/will not be letter grades

Points will/will not be awarded

Assessment will/will not be binary (pass/fail)

Assessment will/will not align to internal standards

Assessment will/will not align to external standards

There will/will not be levels or tiers of assessment

Hard skills will be assessed

Soft skills will be assessed

Learners will/will not be involved in designing assessments

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FAILURE

Who invented the concept of a failing grade? (this is disputed)

What does it mean to fail?

What does it mean not to pass?  Is it the same thing as failing?

What does it mean to accumulate towards a status rather than to fail?  (I earn a Brown Belt in karate but I haven’t earned my Black Belt; that is different than failing karate)

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TEACHERS  

We chose our teachers by

 

We do not have any teachers because

We use peer mentoring and peer teaching because

 

We support peer-to-peer learning by

 

We use/do not use MOOCs or other online classes instead of classroom teachers

 

We have/do not have  flipped classrooms because

 

We have all full-time teachers, who have benefits and job security, because

 

All our teachers are contingent/adjunct faculty because

 

Some of our teachers are contingent/adjunct faculty because

 

Our teachers earn tenure by doing

 

None of our teachers have tenure because

 

All of our teachers have tenure with built in renewal requirements that are

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GOVERNANCE

We ensure democratization of the institution through  

Students govern by

Students and teachers govern together by

Change happens at our institution by

Innovation happens at our institution by

When there are strong, conflicting viewpoints, we resolve differences by

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ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP

We do/do not have administrators because

 

All of our administrators are current/former teachers

All of our administrators are current/future students

Students “pay” tuition by running all aspects of our university including

 

We have a team of professional administrators

We do not have administrators; we have leaders because

 

We do/do not have a professional non-teaching staff who run the physical plant of the university

We do/do not have a professional non-teaching staff who run admissions, recruitment and other functions

We do/do not have a professional non-teaching staff who care for the grounds (if we have grounds)

We do/do not have a professional non-teaching staff who design and manage technology

We do/do not have a professional non-teaching housekeeping staff

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FACILITIES, EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES

We have/do not have residential living facilities

 

We have/do not have varsity sports teams

 

We have/do not have intramural sports

We do/do not have clubs, social events such as

We do/do not have outside lectures, speakers

We do/do not have performances

 

We have/do not have community engagement programs

 

We have/do not have undergraduate research experiences

 

We have/do not have fraternities and sororities

 

We have/do not have arts facilities

 

We have/do not have labs

 

We have/do not have computer and technology maker spaces

 

We do/do not give out tablets/iPads to all entering students

 

We do/do not have enterprise educational software

We do/do not give out ukuleles (see comment), sketch books, other unexpected creative and social materials in order to  

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FUTURE

Our students go on to be

Our students go on to professional schools in

Our students go on to graduate schools in

When students leave our institution, they are 

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ACTIVISM:  BEYOND MODELS  

We are using ideas generated from this exercise to make a real world intervention and innovation here _______

Our method for having real world impact is

Our communications plan for action is

Our networking plan for forming alliances with other change makers is

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The photograph above is from FutureClass, a two-day series of workshops, panels, exercises, and activities put on by five of my students in a tent outside the Museum of Modern Art as part of Mozilla's Drumbeat Festival. Nov 3-5, 2010   http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/mozilla-drumbeat-festival-lea...