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The 1088 Society is our charitable mission, dedicated to harnessing new technologies and new opportunities to facilitate lifelong learning.

1088 Society

Frank and Susan Rockwood’s social initiative to foster lifelong learning

The university as we know it is widely recognized to have begun in Bologna, Italy in 1088. This new learning system, though wildly innovative at the time, would be barely recognizable to today’s university students and faculty. Back then, students traveled to Bologna to join with other like-minded students and retain teachers, without the infrastructure we’ve come to associate with the university.

The emergence of “massive online open courses” or “MOOC” promises to reintroduce something of the character of that first university, providing a forum for students to join informally with like-minded others to pursue varied lifelong learning opportunities. The 1088 Society is our charitable mission, dedicated to harnessing new technologies and new opportunities to facilitate lifelong learning.

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