MOOCs are not the end of higher education as we know it or the great answer to democratic learning. It’s not even particularly innovative. It is performing innovation in the way that removing our belts at airport security is performing security.
The real innovation will come when elite education can be downloaded without a credit card to a cheap tablet bought at Family Dollar by a kid in rural America who uses it to learn how to apply for college which is still, it turns out, the best bet for the social capital that fuels upward mobility.
We ask how has digital humanities been defined; who benefits from that definition? How can digital humanities benefit from more diverse critical paradigms, including race/ethnic studies and gender/sexuality studies? And…
Bernard Frischer’s virtual reconstruction of Hadrian’s Villa takes the trendy genre of digital models of ancient cities and monuments to a trippy new level, complete with a Hadrian avatar as guide. Makes me want to go back to the “Art of Video Games” exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.