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Theme: Enhancing Student LearningKeynote: 'The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever' with Dr. Michael WeschDate: 8/13/2014Time: 9:30 AM - 3:45 PMLocation: Grubbs Hall
Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and 'the explainer' by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society and education. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.
Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. After years of experimenting with social media and assessing the learning potential of these tools, Wesch argues that they don’t automatically foster significant learning or establish genuine empathy or meaningful bonds between professors and students. Using social media is but one of the many possible ways to connect, but the message that Wesch’s experimentation brings is that only genuine connections may restore the sense of joy and curiosity that we hope to instill in our students.
More information: mediatedcultures.net
LunchA boxed lunch from Sodexo will be provided to registrants.
Breakout SessionsYou will have an opportunity to select from over 30 breakout sessions presented by your PSU colleagues and by Dr. Wesch. Learn from their expertise in a variety of topics related to enhancing student learning. (View session titles and descriptions.)
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