Are you a Maker?
Have you heard of the "Maker" movement? Regular people are using readily available tools and technology to make extraordinary things. Join fellow teachers, designers, and technologists as we explore the Maker movement in the context of teaching online!
Enjoy a day full of interactive and engaging discussions focused on the needs of faculty teaching online. Whether you are a seasoned online veteran or just interested in learning more, this free event for downtown and AMC faculty and staff is the place to be this spring.
Lunch Keynote Speaker - Richard DeMillo
Distinguished Professor of Computing and Management and
Director, Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech
Lumina Foundation Fellow 2013-2015
New Ecosystems for Higher Education: The Road Ahead
There is a consensus among knowledgeable observers that American higher education has not been on a sustainable path for perhaps a generation. The brand name of American higher education is associated with a relatively few institutions. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls them the “islands of excellence.” Transforming islands of excellence into a system of excellence is a challenging task that involves systemic change. The problem is especially severe for example in the STEM disciplines, where outmoded teaching and widespread misperceptions about science and math have been cited as key barriers to improvement. My book Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities chronicled the events that led to the current state of affairs.
The so-called “Year of the MOOC” has been a catalyst for change, allowing institutions to join a global “education laboratory” in which new data-driven pedagogy can be tested on a large scale. Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities has been deeply invested in this new educational technology and its use for transforming, not only the Georgia Tech curriculum, but also programs and institutions on a much broader scale. This talk will focus on some experiences in institutional transformation that flow out of this work, including achievement data, implications for laboratory sciences, adaptive learning, and new modes of assessment. I believe that out of this work will emerge a new, global, ecosystem for higher education.
Richard DeMillo is Distinguished Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Padua. He directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation and was Hewlett-Packard's first Chief Technology Officer. He is the 2013 Lumina Foundation Inaugural Fellow which recognized his founding of the Center for 21st Century Universities as a “unique institution.” He is the author of the 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities.” A sequel entitled “Heroes and Martyrs: The Roadmaps that a Small Band of Innovators are Using to Remake Higher Education” will be published in 2014 by MIT Press.