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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Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem

March 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

21st century learning ecosystem

Image designed by St. Edward’s University graphic design students.

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.

Where and from Whom Do You Learn?

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Word Cloud of where and from whom do you leanYesterday 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:  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?

Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges

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 »

Global Learning through MOOC Translation?

April 29, 2014 § 4 Comments

Coursera Global Translator CommunityThis morning I found an email in my inbox inviting me to become a translator of MOOCs by joining the Coursera-sponsored Global Translator Community.  I find this announcement interesting in its implications for MOOC community, crowdsourcing, applied learning opportunities, and global learning. « Read the rest of this entry »

Slides for Using Disruption to Stay on Course (for Liberal Education)

January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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 »

MOOCs, Boutique Subjects, and Marginal Approaches

January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today I’m part of panel #s399 at #mla14 on MOOCs, Boutique Subjects, and Marginal Approaches.  This roundtable addresses what happens to marginal approaches (e.g., feminist, queer, disability, racial) and boutique subjects (e.g., medieval studies) in the MOOC paradigm.

My slides are below with references further down:

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Disruptive Innovations in Learning Technologies

November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m speaking tomorrow at the Brazos Valley Chapter of ASTD.

Below are a description of the talk and my slides:

A variety of technology-enabled learning modes are changing the landscape of higher education.  How might these changes impact the training and development profession? Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology at St. Edward’s University will review developments in technology-enabled learning that are disrupting the traditional model of higher education, including the massive open online course or MOOC, blended learning, big data, and open educational resources. Participants will then explore how these disruptions might affect their approach to workforce training and development.

Using Disruption to Stay on Course

August 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 22, I’ll be presenting as part of the Opening Plenary panel of the St. Edward’s Annual Teaching Symposium.  Below are my slides for the symposium the description of the plenary panel, and resources for my presentation.

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