Douglas Thomas’ and John Seely Brown’s book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, provides a fresh insight into the rapidly changing learning environment and ways in which technology can enhance the quality of learning outcomes. Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School of Communications at University of Southern California (USC) and Brown is a visiting scholar at USC.
Articles about transformations in higher education are being published daily, it seems. Many of them focus on affordability and the fact that the increasing costs in higher education in the United States cannot continue to exceed inflation or the increase in earning power of Americans. Very few of these articles, however, offer solutions or examples of solutions to the high cost conundrum.
I had planned to followup my article about Apple with an article about the differences between my generation of computer users and my children’s generation. The impetus for my original plan was watching my eight year old daughters search Google the other morning for the term “cute baby animal pictures.” When I saw that Google was able to synthesize that request and deliver links to some very cute baby animals, I thought about the term Digital Native which I had first heard a few years ago from West Virginia’s First Lady, Gayle Manchin.