Campus Festival to Explore Innovation in Learning

Digital innovation and learning gets the spotlight in October at Duke

In October, Duke hosts the NextEd Festival, a series of events centered on the future of learning. Matthew Rascoff, Duke’s associate vice provost for digital education and innovation, discussed the festival here.

What is this festival all about?

The NextEd Festival is our opportunity to build on the momentum gathering at Duke. We are inviting the community to a series of events in October and early November in which we’ll launch several exciting new initiatives, bring inspiring speakers to campus, and foster a community-wide conversation -- that we hope won’t stop -- about the opportunities for learning at Duke. We’ll celebrate the launch of our new strategy and share the new name of our team: Learning Innovation.

One of the events I’m particularly excited about is the talk on October 2 by James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan. He has developed a model called the “Teach-out,” a short, open, online learning experience that brings perspective to a topic in the news. The goal is to bring citizens together in a better informed, more “compassionate public square.”

We’re honored to co-sponsor an October 11 book talk with Cathy Davidson, Duke's former Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and author of “The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux.”

On October 18 we’ll host Duke’s first demo night for the Durham ed tech community, and, to close out the festival, will present a panel that will reflect on five years of open courses at Duke and what we’ve learned along the way.

The festival website has a full list of events at bit.ly/NextEdFest. The community can also follow along and share reflections with the hashtag #DukeNextEd.

A fuller version of this conversation is available here.