My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Digital Storytelling: Learning in a Networked World

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on February 15, 2011 at NITLE’s Techne blog, http://blogs.nitle.org/2011/02/15/digital-storytelling-learning-in-a-networked-world/

Click the image for the full prezi, as it was re-presented at a later conference.

At the recent annual meeting of AAC&U I had the pleasure of organizing and moderating a panel called “Crossing Borders and Creating Culture: Digital Storytelling for Study Abroad.” This panel culminated years of work that NITLE has contributed to advancing digital storytelling. It’s an interesting phenomenon to me because digital storytelling seems like such a narrow pedagogical tool but it has many different applications and responds to diverse qualities of liberal education. « Read the rest of this entry »

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My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Finding a Place for the Liberal Arts in a Networked World

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on February 9, 2011 at NITLE’s Techne blog, http://blogs.nitle.org/2011/02/09/finding-a-place-for-the-liberal-arts-in-a-networked-world/

Global Network by Flickr User WebWizzard

Physical places—the classroom, the home campus, the local community—hold great importance for small liberal arts colleges because they signify a particular model of higher education. The current debate about the future of higher education sets this model of the traditional, high touch, face-to-face classroom in opposition to the technology-enabled, global networked world made possible by the Internet. Can we maintain the importance of these places while moving from a world of walls and silos to one of webs and networks as Mark Taylor, the opening forum speaker of the recent annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and author of Crisis on Campus told us we should? Do we really have to move?

At that same AAC&U conference a group of chief academic officers from fourteen small liberal arts colleges gathered to address those questions. NITLE worked with Carol Long, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY-Geneseo, and Katie Conboy, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stonehill College to organize the meeting, at which participants envisioned how their campuses would look in ten years and identified strategic areas requiring new prototypes. In “Chief Academic Officer 2.5,” a thought piece shared in advance as groundwork for discussion, Long and Conboy point to the dual environments of their institutions—the physical and the digital—that demand “a new institutional reality” and call on their colleagues to “to take the lead in shaping and articulating that reality.” « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Liberal.education Nation: Four Strategies for Liberal Education in a Networked World

February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Originally published February 2, 2011 at AAC&U’s Liberal.education Nation, http://blog.aacu.org/index.php/2011/02/02/four-strategies-for-liberal-education-in-a-networked-world/

Can we preserve and transform liberal education for a networked world?  The opening forum of the 2011 AAC&U Annual Meeting raised this question, and I saw affirmative answers and strategies throughout the conference. « Read the rest of this entry »

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