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Digital Learning Communities: Promoting Democracy through Education
Taught by: Robbie McClintock

E-Seminar Description
The work of educators can be transformational. As we renew our progressive bond with posterity, we must recognize the power of digital communications, and discover and invent ways to use all our resources to help posterity achieve more coherent, momentous measures of worth.
•    the thoughts and ideas of one of today's most innovative educational theorists,
•    an introduction to the Columbia University Analyzer through seminar-related activities,
•    your participation in the creation of a dynamic educational community.
Robbie McClintock (pictured top left) has created a Web-based learning experience that draws on his experience as a teacher, intellectual historian, and educational theorist. He has developed a stimulating e-seminar that provides a roadmap to the future of education. For McClintock, the city can act as educator and agent of positive change. The continuous presence of a high-quality electronic "Education Zone" greatly supports natural educational conditions. In the past, the school has contained the educational program. Henceforth, the educational program will contain the school as well as the home and the community.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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Lessons | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements

This e-seminar is divided into three sections, each with a number of sections intended to expand on key ideas and concepts. They are accompanied by video presentations, supplementary readings, and activities. This online learning experience is designed to enhance your awareness and understanding of the so-called Education Zone and offer you a place in it as it begins to take shape.

We would strongly encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forum via the interstitial questions that occasionally emerge from the text. These questions will help you focus your own ideas and thoughts about the revolution taking place in education.

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Robbie McClintock is Co-director of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an intellectual historian interested in the effects of communication change on education and culture. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1961, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968. In 1967 Teachers College appointed McClintock to its faculty. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

McClintock's scholarship covers a wide range—an intellectual biography of the Spanish philosopher, José Ortega y Gasset; diverse essays on the history of educational thought, especially the concept of study; and a variety of works on technology and education, for instance: Power and Pedagogy: Transforming Education Through Information Technology (New York: Institute for Learning Technologies, 1992) and The Educators Manifesto: Renewing the Progressive Bond with Posterity through the Social Construction of Digital Learning Communities (New York: Institute for Learning Technologies, 1992).

Since 1986, McClintock has directed the Institute for Learning Technologies, a development group using digital information resources to further progressive reform in education and society. Through the Institute, he has written and managed numerous grants, and worked with faculty, students, and administrators to employ technology as a means to improve education at all levels. As a Senior Research Scientist in Columbia's Office of the Vice Provost, he helps lead the University-wide Virtual Information Initiative, integrating advanced media into Columbia's research and teaching activities.

McClintock has helped initiate the Dalton Technology Plan, a pioneering effort to integrate networked multimedia resources throughout the curriculum of a leading independent school. He is directing several large efforts to study how children and teachers can routinely interact with advanced digital curricular resources over the national information infrastructure: the Harlem Environmental Access Project, a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund, supported by the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program; the Living Schoolbook Project, a collaboration with the Syracuse School of Education, supported by NYNEX and the NYS Science and Technology Foundation; Reinventing Libraries, a pilot program to redefine the role that school libraries can play in supporting the curriculum with advanced media resources; and the Eiffel Project, a five-year Challenge Grant for Technology in Education in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Education, which will use advanced media to support small-school reform in some 80 New York City schools and community organizations. Currently McClintock serves on the Board of Directors of the Internet Policy Institute in Washington, DC; he co-chairs the Educational Subcommittee of the New York City Mayor's Council on New Media; and he is a member of the New York City Board of Education Taskforce on Teaching and Learning in Cyberspace.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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