Writers House, a creative community of writers and thinkers that opened in the fall at Rutgers University, is pioneering new forms of writing for the tech-savvy generation.
This is just the latest in new learning best practices moving into prominent academic circles. This isn’t just an incorporation of the latest “2.0″ trends. To quote Richard Miller, chairman of the university’s English department, “Writers House seeks to foster the kind of complex thought that is believed to be missing in modern communications on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, or on YouTube.”
It’s this writer’s opinion that a shift is seemingly happening once more in the leader-follower relationship between the corporate world and academia. Whereas historically academia was charged with research projects that dictated the next generation of best practices in the business world, the last decade marked a change of pace where businesses took to technology much faster than academia could test, evaluate and make recommendations.
Now it seems that academia is once again emerging as the thought leader we’ve always held it to be. While marketers and learning organizations scramble to get with the latest trends, academic projects are being built using the same tools, but with a definitive purpose - in this case providing a modern means to reading and writing. Inevitably this will lead to better learning.