This morning I get to spend time talking with my colleagues from across Penn State at an event hosted by the College of Education in the Krause Innovation Studio. The Studio is directed by my very good friend, Dr. Scott McDonald. Scott also happens to be both my collaborator on the Disruptive Technologies in Teaching and Learning grad course as well as on sabbatical! So, while I am excited to talk about our course, the spaces we evaluated in the Occupy Learning program, and discuss how we are thinking of leveraging this work going forward I am a bit disappointed that I cannot present with him. I will have a chance to share a whole new presentation discussing Occupy Learning and how we worked to better understand the affordances of physical teaching and learning spaces across our campus. As a bonus I get to do it in the Learn Lab classroom where Scott and I taught last spring semester.
I have been invited to offer the opening plenary for “Accreditation in a Changing Environment, the 2012 Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.” I have been asked to speak about emergent forms of teaching and learning and how recent trends have disrupted the traditional notions held within education. While I will clearly speak to new forms of conversations occurring online, I will also discuss recent disruptions not just to individual classrooms, but to the entirety of the academy. With the accepted rise of MOOCs and the vast amounts of dollars being poured into education technology startups by venture capitalists, I will work to expose the landscape as it exists today and help shape a discussion about what this means to us all going forward.
I have been invited to be one of three keynote speakers at the annual Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia conference. I will be speaking about the nature of engagement in teaching and learning with technology. I will revisit thoughts from the past and work to integrate some new examples pulled from my work teaching CI 598 this semester and the Occupy Learning project in general.
I have once again been invited to act as keynote speaker to the Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators. I last spoke to this group in February of 2010 and while much has changed, the messages are still similar — it is critical for us to find ways to engage at all levels of our educational system. This group is an interesting one in that these are not typically teachers working directly with students, but people whose jobs focus on making our schools a better place from an administrative perspective. I will do a survey of the current state of education technology, provide some concrete examples of how technology can support various modes of communication, and share some interesting stories from the Internet. I am looking forward to addressing this group once again.
I have been invited to be the keynote speaker for the AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI). This an annual professional development program for CEOs/Presidents of member community colleges, provides intensive focus on current challenges, emerging trends, and opportunities unique to that position. I am planning to discuss the role of technology has in inspiring faculty and students in the contexts of teaching and learning. I am sure a big focus of the talk will be on the results of the CI 598 inspired Occupy Learning project and the associated outcomes.