Designing for Agency in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem

July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Slides for my concurrent session, Designing for Agency in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem, at the AAC&U Institute for Integrative Learning and the Departments.

Learning Ecosystem Responses

I asked participants to define both their professional and personal learning ecosystems.  Here are word clouds of their answers.  Note that people (colleagues, friends, students, etc.) play a large role in both professional and personal learning.

Where and from whom do you, as a professional, learn outside of the formal classroom, keynote, workshop or conference session?

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Engaged Learning in Digital Culture

July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

This morning at AAC&U’s Institute for Integrative Learning and the Departments, I’m giving a brief tech talk that defines the emerging digital ecosystem and gives examples of how we might integrate engaged learning into that ecosystem.  Here are the slides:

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Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem, Slides and References

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.



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Engaging Undergraduates with Digital Scholarship Projects

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:  This post includes links, references, and slides for my talk.Center for the Humanities, Temple University « Read the rest of this entry »

Using Disruption to Stay on Course (for Liberal Education)

January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

AACU-logo_largeThis afternoon I’m teaching a workshop called “Using Disruption to Stay on Course (for Liberal Education)” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). I’ve posted materials for this workshop to my blog, linked from the page called Using Disruption.  My basic premise for the workshop is that, although technological changes are disrupting higher education, colleges and universities can find ways to adapt these disruptions to the service of liberal education.  In the workshop I’ll share some models of colleges who have done just that, ask the participants to reflect on disruption at their own campus, set up breakout discussions of individual disruptions in the context of liberal education, and then we’ll work as a group to develop some recommendations.  « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: Technology and Liberal Education: Yes and…

February 25, 2013 § 2 Comments

Originally posted February 25, 2013 at AAC&U’s Nation,

The theme of this year’s [AAC&U] annual meeting, “Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions—To What Ends?,” includes rapid technological advancement in the list of challenges facing higher education today. This advancement offers alternative delivery methods that promise to lower costs but also require substantial investment in infrastructure. It promises to enhance learning both in and out of the classroom. At the same time, new digital methodologies are changing the face of the disciplines and reshaping academic practice.   Our students face a world in which knowledge is created and shared by both amateurs and professionals, in multiple media, across digital networks, spanning domains and communities. Living, working, and civically engaging in this context is materially different than it was fifty years ago. In particular, the change in agency in this participatory culturechallenges existing professional expertise by democratizing the creation of knowledge.  At the same time, the openness and dissemination enabled by digital networks threatens the traditional model of higher education—content experts passing knowledge in a controlled setting down to their students—by having one expert sharing expertise with everyone’s students. Combined with alternative methods of credentialing, such as badges, competencies, or prior learning assessments, these developments put pressure on one of the core elements of the higher education business model. « Read the rest of this entry »

Opening a Conversation about Undergraduate Research

February 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

In my experience one of the key appeals of digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges is the opportunity for undergraduates to do applied, authentic research in the humanities. Last week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), I had the pleasure of being part of a panel (with Daniel Chamberlain, Jeff McClurken, and Jim Proctor) showcasing undergraduate research using digital tools and methodologies both in the digital humanities and beyond.  I had actually titled the panel, “Undergraduates as Public Digital Scholars” in hopes of attracting the attention of those interested in undergraduate research, one of the high impact practices for liberal education advocated by AAC&U. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: HEDs Up Sessions—Why We Fight

January 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Originally posted January 29, 2013 at AAC&U’s Nation,

Friday morning at the 2013 AAC&U Annual Meeting, I attended a series of HEDs Up presentations, a format inspired by TED talks. I’ve found these to be a refreshing break from most conference papers—even those at AAC&U, which are often more interactive than other conferences—because they are designed to be engaging and entertaining.  The brief time limit—just ten minutes—means that speakers must focus on one core message. This format offers the chance to communicate your beliefs about issues that really matter to you, your core ideas, your big questions. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: Learning from the AAC&U Network

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted February 8, 2012 at AAC&U’s Nation,

I’m seeing networks everywhere these days. There’s the obvious one—the Internet—but, there is also a growing trend in of studying networks, and not just social networks like Facebook , but also in literature, like the network of relationships between characters in Hamlet.  AAC&U has its Network for Academic RenewalNITLE works with a network of small liberal arts colleges, and our students are facing a world of webs and networks, as I described in a blog post last year. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: Yes, but How Do You Teach Collaboration?

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally published February 1, 2012 at AAC&U’s Nation,

Wednesday night Ken O’Donnell opened the AAC&U 2012 Annual Meeting by telling us that the road connecting civic and commercial activity is “collected work toward a common purpose.” He backed that up in part by citing the no. 1 answer on the National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of what employers are seeking: “ability to work in a team structure.” I’ve been promoting collaborative projects (usually between different institutions) for almost ten years now, and I routinely work in a distributed team with colleagues at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. But, after hearing O’Donnell speak, I wondered, how do we teach that skill to students? « Read the rest of this entry »

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