The Eleventh Annual Faculty Technology Showcase (2015)

You are Cordially Invited to Attend the 11th Annual Faculty Technology Showcase.
Showcase Program Schedule

8:30 -- 10:00     Registration/breakfast (Library Main Floor/Shelby Art Room)
9:00 - 10:20      Hands-on Workshops (Library/College Hall)
10:40 - 11:40    Keynote (College Hall Room 16)
12:00 - 12:45    Lunch (Westminster 110)
1:00 - 3:30        Presentations (Library)

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Keynote Addresse

Time: 10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. | Location: Robert Van Fossan Theater
Gamin Bartle, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Technology and User Services at Drew University

"Turning Disruptive Elements of Digital Technology into Positive Agents of Change in Higher Education"

It is often argued that digital technology is disruptive to the higher education system in the US. There are many issues surrounding this understanding, and it is the aim of this presentation to present and discuss a few specific examples of how these technologies can (or already do) disrupt our system, as well as to suggest ways to convert them into positive agents of change.
The disruptors to be discussed are:
  • Decrease of attention spans due to distractive elements of screentime
  • Detrimental effects of automation, leading to a problematic “frictionless” digital environment
  • Impact of reduced levels of information literacy as a result of information overload
  • Inadequacy of current set-up and organization of the web to foster fundamental goals of the liberal arts
The overarching theme of the presentation is how educational technology can convert these disruptors to provide the kind of access to materials, navigational skills, and learning methods that will best benefit our students in this digital-centric age.
Gamin Bartle, Ph.D., is Director of Instructional Technology and User Services Drew University. Before coming to Drew in 2005, she taught German and managed Language Resource Centers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. In December 2013, Gamin completed a Graduate Certificate in Training and Educational Technology in the Educational Technology Leadership program at George Washington University. Her current professional focus is identifying concrete suggestions toward encouraging people to take notice of how they spend time with technology, how this balances with their non-technology time, and how their use of technology impacts others.

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