March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Today I’m celebrating the first day of Spring at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. We’re expecting snow, and I’ll be talking about Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.
March 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
On Friday, March 20 I’ll be at Moravian College speaking about “Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.” This talk builds on work I did with the GEMs project of AAC&U. I was a member of the digital working group. I last presented on this work with Randy Bass and Jen Ebbeler at the AAC&U 2015 Annual Meeting.
My talk also builds on our work at St. Edward’s University to create a 21st century learning ecosystem. We are creating life-long learners, so we must prepare them to learn in the environment in which they will live, work, and solve problems. This means preparing them for a global, digital world of constant change. Our vision for the learning ecosystem is not just a set of technologies. It is also a framework for technology use and application and an approach to learning. Creation of the 21st century learning ecosystem requires both the creation and constant reinvention of a technology infrastructure as well as a change in culture of the university. It means breaking down the boundaries between the classroom, the university, and the world. In the 21st century learning ecosystem, learning is networked, ubiquitous (cloud-based), digital and face-to-face, formal and informal, heterogeneous, hybrid, high-touch, authentic, and accessible.
Here’s the description I’ve developed for this talk:
How does the emerging digital environment shape teaching and learning in the 21st century? What skills, abilities, and habits of mind do today’s graduates need for their careers and to solve complex problems in this context? The future of liberal education depends upon an integrative vision of digitally-informed learning that is not merely digital content delivery but rather is reshaped in the same ways that digital learning has already fundamentally changed our culture. This talk will present a vision for implementing liberal education in the emerging digital ecosystem through a curriculum that scaffolds digital engagement from introductory to capstone level courses.
January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
Yesterday during our panel, “Liberal Education Unbound: The Life of Signature Student Work in the Emerging Digital Learning Environment” I asked an audience participation question intended to illustrate what we mean by the emerging digital learning ecosystem. I asked those tweeting to identify themselves, then asked everyone to think about a question and share their answers to be tweeted to the hashtag #libedunbound. The question was
Where and from whom do you as a professional learn outside of the formal classroom or conference session?
To the right is a word cloud of the answers. You can see the original tweets in this storify: https://storify.com/FrostDavis/where-and-from-whom-do-you-learn Both illustrate that the emerging learning ecosystem is both digital and physical, formal and informal, ubiquitous and networked. What are the implications for how we teach?
Liberal Education Unbound: The Life of Signature Student Work in the Emerging Digital Learning Environment
January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
This morning I am co-presenting at the 100th annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Here are our slides, and I include the session description, and some links to resources below:
The Next Generation of Liberal Education Reforms
December 17, 2014 § 1 Comment
I’m elated today to announce, along with my fellow editors, Matt Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and in conjunction with the Modern Language Association Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, an open-access, curated collection of downloadable, reusable, and remixable pedagogical resources for humanities scholars interested in the intersections of digital technologies with teaching and learning. This is a book in a new form. Taken as a whole, this collection will document the richly-textured culture of teaching and learning that responds to new digital learning environments, research tools, and socio-cultural contexts, ultimately defining the heterogeneous nature of digital pedagogy. You can see the full announcement here: https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy/blob/master/announcement.md
Many of you may have heard of this born-digital project under some other names (Digital Pedagogy Keywords) and hashtags (#digipedkit). Since it was born at the MLA convention in 2012 it has been continually evolving. You can trace that evolution, in part, through my earlier presentations: https://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/tag/curateteaching/
For the future, please follow Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities on Twitter through the hashtag #curateteaching and visit our news page for updates. And if you know of a great pedagogical artifact to share, please help us curate teaching by tweeting it to the hashtag #curateteaching. We’ll be building an archive of those tweets, as well.
October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today, I’m presenting at Temple University Center for Humanities as part of their Digital Humanities in Practice series. More information is here: http://www.cla.temple.edu/chat/activities/index.html#davis This post includes links, references, and slides for my talk. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 4, 2014 § 1 Comment
FYI, any of the blog posts cross-posted here from NITLE’s Techne blog will be missing images. NITLE has taken that blog down, and since my images were living there, they will show as broken links. I should still have most of these and will try to put them up here as I have time. In the meantime, let me know if there is a particular post for which you would like to see the images.
August 11, 2014 § 2 Comments
Today, I’m kicking off the Digital Pedagogy Institute: Digital Pedagogy and the Undergraduate Experience, with a Minecraft-themed talk entitled “Big Ideas in Digital Pedagogy”.
Digital pedagogy is here; it’s just unevenly distributed–at least in the world of colleges and universities. What would higher education look like if we designed not only individual learning experiences but also an entire curriculum to mirror and prepare students for life and work in a globally networked world? How could the convergence of new digital scholarly tools and methodologies, new delivery mediums, and digitally networked culture transform higher education? This session will situate the development of digital pedagogy in the current discourse about higher education–including calls for quality, completion, jobs, and access–offer a vision for transformative digital pedagogy, suggest both barriers to and strategies for achieving that vision, and engage participants in a thought experiment to design an integrated curriculum articulated by digital pedagogy.
June 27, 2014 § 1 Comment
This morning I’m speaking at the 18th Annual NAC&U Summer Institute, “Creating Community Through Collaboration,” at the University of Redlands. My talk focuses on intercampus academic collaboration and is called, “Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges.” « Read the rest of this entry »
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment