As part of a semester-long program to explore online education and its implications for liberal arts institutions, the Benton Scholars are hosting visits from three experts in the field, each of whom will bring a very different perspective to the conversation:
- Thursday, Sept. 18 (4:30pm, Lawrence 20): Dr. Fiona Hollands, Columbia University and author of an in-depth study on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), investigates the goals of institutions that are developing and delivering MOOCs, their costs and impact on educational outcomes, and expectations for whether and how this phenomenon may change the landscape of learning over the next few years. The full report is here.
- Monday, Oct. 20 (4:30 PM, Lawrence 20): Dr. George Siemens, Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas in Arlington, has been a pioneer in online education and is author of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age and Knowing Knowledge. His blog can be found here.
- Monday, Oct. 27 (4:30 PM, Persson Auditorium): Dr. Marc Bousquet, Assoc. Prof. Department of English, Emory University, author of How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, and editor of The Politics of Information; The Electronic mediation of Social Change and Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers. His website is here.
We welcome anyone interested in these topics to participate through any of several different venues:
- Come to the presentations! There will be ample time for discussion during and after the presentations, and a reception afterward. Times and places are listed above
- Listen to the presentations online. They will be livestreamed through the Colgate EdX site. You can sign up here. The site is open, and has the following resources available:
- A list of readings relevant to the seminar by Dr. Hollands.
- Discussion questions designed by Dr. Hollands in preparation for the seminar.
- An open discussion forum to begin conversations.
- Submit questions at any time before or during the presentations by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch the presentations later on our EdX site. They will be archived for later viewing.
- Join-in conversations during and after the presentation, also at the EdX site. We invite Colgate students, faculty, and alumni, as well as individuals from our peer institutions, to participate. We hope to generate an ongoing conversation that will benefit everyone.