UF: Digital Pedagogy – Discussion and Recommendations from the DHWG, April 8, 12-1:30pm, Pugh Hall 210

Please see the news for the next meeting of the Digital Humanities Working Group and for the 2013 Caleb and Michele Grimes Lectures in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. For more, see the Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere.
The final meeting of the Digital Humanities Working Group has been moved from this week 27 March to Monday 8 April to accommodate The 2013 Caleb and Michele Grimes Lectures in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which are being held on April 1-4 on the topic of online education. I’ve pasted details of the Grimes talks at the bottom of this email. Immediately below, however, is the announcement of the April 8th re-scheduled DHWG meeting which we would like to use to process our thoughts and knowledge about this topic following the Grimes lectures. Please plan to join us on April 8 (and feel free to invite others), as we take time to express our own needs and values for the future.
Digital Pedagogy – Discussion and Recommendations from the DHWG
8 April 2013, 12:00-1:30pm, Pugh Hall 210
In reflecting upon a series of UF-wide events examining education in the digital age (including the 2013 Grimes Conference in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on April 1, 3, and 4th and the April 11th Morrill Act Anniversary Symposium), faculty member and graduate students are invited to join us for a discussion of blended and online education from a humanities perspective. What are the challenges to becoming a digital pedagogue in an assessment-driven, academic culture with decreasing budgets? What are the digital literacy expectations for teaching assistants going on the job market, and how are graduate students using their own classrooms as ways to develop digital pedagogy skills and practices? And, how can UF better prepare digital pedagogues to teach in the 21st century? This discussion will be framed and moderated by Laurie Gries and Terry Harpold, faculty members in the UF Department of English. The goal is to produce recommendations and topics for consideration by the university, as well as our own community of practice in the DHWG.

The 2013 Caleb and Michele Grimes Lectures in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
April 1, 3, and 4
Library East Room 1A
CLAS 2.0?  Opportunities and Challenges for Liberal Arts and Sciences in Distance Learning
This series of three lectures will explore the impact of distance learning, technology,  and new startup ventures on the future of colleges and universities.  Dean Paul D’Anieri will begin with a dean’s perspective on the expansion of online education and how it may change traditional liberal arts and sciences colleges.  On April 3 and 4, Rich DeMillo and Ann Kirschner will describe their views on the future of higher education based on their unusual blends of experiences in academics, administration, and the technology business.
Monday, April 1 at 3 PM
Paul D’Anieri
Ph.D., Cornell University
Dean, CLAS
University of Florida
Professor of Political Science
“Online Education: Is the Revolution Real?”
The increase in online teaching and learning has spurred claims of revolutionary change in higher education, ranging from the “flipping” of the classroom to the end of higher education as we know it. These claims inspire hope in some quarters and fear in others. Paul D’Anieri considers: How revolutionary is online teaching? What will the impact be on the faculty? What are the implications for the role of the traditional colleges of liberal arts and sciences?
Wednesday, April 3 at 3 PM
Richard A. DeMillo
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Distinguished Professor of Computing and Professor of Management
Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities
Georgia Institute of Technology
Former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard
“Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities”
The vast majority of American college students attend two thousand or so private and public institutions that might be described as the Middle—reputable educational institutions, but not considered equal to the elite and entrenched upper echelon of the Ivy League and other prestigious schools. Richard DeMillo has a warning for these colleges and universities in the Middle: If you do not change, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. DeMillo argues that these institutions, clinging precariously to a centuries-old model of higher education, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work in today’s world. In the age of iTunes, open source software, and for-profit online universities, there are new rules for higher education.
Thursday, April 4 at 4 PM
Ann Kirschner
Ph.D., Princeton University
University Dean of Macaulay Honors College
The City University of New York
Entrepreneur in telecommunications and new media (NFL.com, Primetime 24, Fathom.com)
“Fads, Frauds, and Silver Bullets:  Picking the Winners in Higher Education”
We live in a time of rapid change in higher education, fueled by technology, alternative models of credentials, and an uncertain economic climate. What are the trends and challenges that are shaping the future of higher education? Is the forecast sunny or stormy? Ann Kirschner will take a look at the 21st landscape and how it is changing the university.
Organized by Dave Richardson, Senior Associate Dean, CLAS