Desert of My Real Life

Category: Academia

The New Education

I recently read The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University and Prepare Students For a World in Flux by Cathy N. Davidson. Davidson has long been an academic hero of mine for, among her many accomplishments, co-founding of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), a community of folks interested in "changing…

Year End Cluster Reflection

Yesterday, I sent out the agenda for the last Arts and Technologies cluster meeting of the academic year. (For those interested--the meeting is May 17, 3:30-5pm, in Frost Commons.) In response, one of my colleagues asked that Matt Kizer and I spend some time talking about what we accomplished this year as guides as well…

A Guide’s View of PSU’s Week

Our first week back to campus after the Undergraduate Spring Break was a busy one relative to the Integrated Cluster initiative. Here are some of the conversations and activities I was involved with this week. The deans, cluster guides, department chairs, chairs of principal policy making committees, and members of the extended cabinet met for…

Student Engagement

I took advantage of our unexpected ice day today to write about the cluster initiative and student engagement. Two ideas that have arisen from conversations about clusters that might have an impact on student engagement are: 1. giving students choice in determining their educational experience; and, 2. providing students with opportunities to do work that…

Disruptive Innovation in Education

I went to a conference sponsored by UBTech a few weeks ago. It was advertised as a "national summit on technology and leadership in higher education" and had a tag line of "Your future is being determined. Be there." Not surprisingly, many of the sessions were focused on "disruptive innovation," the idea that new technologies…

A Possible Return

I have been away for an entire academic year. It was my intention this year to find time to regularly write entries about various technology and society issues. But it didn't happen. I blame the fact that I've been a department chair for two years now. The increased administrative tasks that come with being chair…

Game Design Education

I belong to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) which has a fairly active listserv.  The most recent discussion on the listserv was prompted by Brenda Brathwaite's rant at the most recent Game Developers Conference, which ends today.  Brathwaite is a well-known game designer, educator, IGDA board member, and author.  She wrote one of my favorite game…

Original Research–Good or Bad?

I recently rewatched Julia, the 1977 film starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave.  It is based on a chapter in Lillian Hellman's memoir, Pentimento: A Book of Portraits.  That chapter tells the (probably fictional) story of Hellman's longtime friendship with Julia, a girl from a wealthy family who grows up to fight fascism in Europe in…

The iPad and Education

David Parry recently wrote a very interesting post on ProfHacker regarding the impact that the iPad is likely to have on education.  Parry is an assistant professor of emerging media and technology (what a cool title) at the University of Texas-Dallas and the author of academHack, one of my favorite blogs about technology and education…