April 19, 2010

Learning's digital future

“I am one week with my new iPad and many new possibilities for innovative pedagogy and new modes of learning come to mind — not just individual, but collaborative forms,” says Goizueta Business School professor Benn Konsynski. “Technologies allow us to challenge assumptions of barriers, limits and consider new possibilities. Geography is not a barrier. Language is not a barrier. Proximity in time and space are not always an advantage.”

Konsynski, George S. Craft Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management, along with Holli Semetko, vice provost of international affairs, and Rick Luce, vice provost of University Libraries, are spearheading the April 26 forum “Knowledge Futures: Discontinuities, Disruptions, and Possibilities.”

The ongoing Knowledge Futures series, sponsored by the Halle Institute, Woodruff Library, Goizueta Business School and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation plus a number of external sponsors, brings together interdisciplinary scholars from across the world to discuss transformations and emerging practices in research and scholarship, media practices and emerging forms of collaboration and communication.

Konsynski says the forum will consider a number of questions, including how might learning happen in the 21st century?

“In the 21st century, we might see remix and mashup as accepted forms of formation of new knowledge.” For example, he asks, “When is the reader an author?”

A variety of sessions explore how technology is affecting research and scholarship, shaping digital citizenship and engaging students and faculty.

Speakers include Peter Hopkins, co-founder and president of the online experts forum Big Think; Emory music professor Steve Everett ; Georgia Tech professors Ashwin Ram and Renu Kulkarni; Vivek Wadhwa with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School; Social Science Research Network president Gregg Gordon; Emory pharmacology professor Ray Dingledine; and James C. Spohrer, director of IBM University Programs.

Sessions begin at 8 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. at the Boynton Auditorium of the business school. Registration is free.

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