Can higher education save the web?

Posted on February 28th, 2017

Mike Caulfield, the director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, looks at how higher education is best suited to save the web. Caulfield emphasizes the need to teach students digital literacy in an age where the web has bred distracted readers. In addition to teaching students how to navigate research and books, there should also be “instruction on how to best use and critique the information environments that students inhabit on a daily basis,” he said. Caulfield suggests that the general population also needs more access to quality information and just-in-time education and advocates for open access and open educational materials. He stresses that the higher education community “must design and model new ways of working on the web…in ways that will radically transform what education looks like and will create a networked future capable of serving the common good.”