Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell and UMaine’s new Innovative Communication Design classes have been selected as a winner in stage one of this year’s Digital Media+Learning competition Badges for Lifelong Learning, an initiative of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the Mozilla Foundation with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
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For the past several years, Still Water Co-Director Joline Blais has been working with two dozen other families to found Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage. Now the prototype home for this self-developed, self-financed community on the coast of Maine has been declared 2011 Project of the Year by the US Green Building Council.
A recent story in the New York Times provides a contemporary snapshot of how Internet-based recognition metrics are challenging the closed peer review typical of traditional academia.
MIT’s Leonardo magazine has published the promotion and tenure criteria of the University of Maine’s New Media Department, along with a white paper entitled “New Criteria for New Media” that argues for updating academic standards for the Internet age.
The publication has been reported in over 1000 outlets online, from Rhizome to HASTAC to LibraryThing. The criteria have already made their way into policy statements at UCSD, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska.