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Tuesday, June 7 • 8:45am - 10:15am
Keynote - Bonnie Stewart & Dave Cormier

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Discussion of the rise of the digital in higher education is often framed by debate, factionalism, and deeply-held concerns. Scholars align behind the validity of one set of tools or another, or position digital practices as opposed to authentic teaching and scholarship. Digital education itself - whether via LMS platforms or open offerings like MOOCs - has often reinforced these binary perceptions by centering extensively on content delivery, giving teachers the impression their expertise is under threat from green screen video lectures.

Yet education is never as much about what we teach as how. This talk explores the ways in which digital technologies open up that “how” of teaching and learning to enable new structures and forms for communications. Digital tools, concepts, and practices open up the walls of classrooms and of scholarship, and thus have far more significant - and hopeful, if complex - implications for academia than content-based debates allow us to grapple with. This presentation will outline ways in which digital networks fundamentally challenge traditional narratives surrounding higher education, and frame possibilities that arise when we think of education in terms of connection rather than content. It will examine what it means to succeed as learners, scholars, and institutions in a time of knowledge abundance, and open up ideas for ways forward.

Tuesday June 7, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am CDT
Cassandra Voss Center - Main Floor