Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding Alumni Among Winners of HASTAC MacArthur Stage One Competition

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Diana Graber and Cynthia Lieberman, 2010 graduates of Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology and Social Change master’s program, recently received the Stage One HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation grant for their proposal in the Badges of Lifelong Learning Competition.  Their proposal, “CyberWise - Digital Literacy for Grownups,” was one of the 60 winners posted at www.dmlcompetition.net.

Adapted from the Digital Media Learning Competition website:

The competition is held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation and is part of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). The Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place.

Stage One applicants were asked to submit ideas for compelling learning content, activities, or programs for which a badge or set of badges would be useful for recognizing learning that takes place in a particular area or topic. Winning applications represent a wide array of public and private institutions and organizations from around the world, including museums, nonprofits, after-school programs, research institutions, and for-profit companies.

Stage Two opens on December 12 and seeks badge system design and tech proposals that respond to Stage One winning content or content from one of the Competition’s official Collaborators—including the Department of Education, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Microsoft, Intel, NASA, the American Library Association and more. Full information can be found at www.dmlcompetition.net.

The entire Fielding community extends our congratulations and admiration for this significant accomplishment to our alumni colleagues Diana and Cynthia.

 

Tags: Media psychology, creativity, educational leadership, Transformational learning, MacArthur Foundation, Advising and Student Development, digital learning, adult learning

Richard Appelbaum Named MacArthur Foundation Chair

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Jun 03, 2010
 Richard Appelbaum, PhD, affiliated with the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), has been named to one of two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He and UCSB history professor Nelson Lichtenstein will pursue joint programming and research focused on the theme of "Human Rights in the Workplace: At Home and Abroad."

Appelbaum is a professor of sociology and global and international studies and director of graduate studies at UCSB. He and Lichtenstein each will receive the returns on two $1 million endowments over five years to support teaching, research, and public service activities.

The MacArthur Foundation Chairs currently at UCSB are among seven chairs funded by a UC system-wide endowment from the MacArthur Foundation. The endowment was established in 2009 for the purpose of supporting research, public service, and teaching that promotes the objectives of the MacArthur Foundation, which include working to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. At the end of five years, the two endowed chairs currently at UCSB will be redistributed to other UC campuses.

The scholarly activities Appelbaum and Lichtenstein will pursue include an evaluation of the International Labor Organization and its work; a historical and comparative look at guest worker programs; and an examination of evolving labor conditions, laws, and enforcement in emerging economies.

According to Appelbaum, "Globalization has made it increasingly difficult for workers to achieve the basic human rights to which they are entitled. Retailers such as Wal-Mart and the brands that they carry now source from supply chains that extend around the world, moving production from factory to factory in search of the lowest possible costs. One of our central challenges is to better understand how workers' rights can be best achieved when businesses can move about the world with relative ease."

 

Tags: globalization, social justice, workers rights, MacArthur Foundation, human rights