We are very excited that we were asked to put on a panel at FutureWeb, the colocated conference with the WWW2010 annual meeting that will be held in Raleigh, NC, next week. I'm chairing "The Future of Learning is the Future of the Web" on April 30, 3:30-500. The participants include Negar Mottahedeh, Laurent Dubois, Mark Anthony Neal, and Tony O'Driscoll. Come join us!
Panel: The Future of Learning Is The Future of the Web
90-minute panel, April 30, 2010 3:30-5:00pm
Chair: Cathy N. Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Co-founder of HASTAC
What do sports, Iranian election protests, Black popular culture, world soccer championships, global executive education, and a Twitter film festival have in common? All are ways that innovative faculty are transforming education now, using the affordances of the Web to rethink the basic configurations of what higher education might look like and do. What does a classroom look like when students can be in many cities at once? What does a teacher look like when participation and contribution happen from anywhere in the globe? What does a student look like when those "enrolled" in a class at one university are in interaction with other students beyond the classroom walls? What does learning look like when it is participatory? And what are the downsides? What does "open" mean when the majority of scholarly resources are locked in journals, in private archives, beyond the reach of many? And what does higher education have to contribute to the future of the Web? These are questions that will be raised by this panel of stellar interdisciplinary scholars from across many fields and with several different national and international areas of expertise, some of whom are also working on reforming "open access" policy for U.S. universities. On many levels, the future of learning is the future of the web.
Cathy N. Davidson has published some twenty books and is the co-founder (with David Theo Goldberg) of HASTAC (pronounced haystack, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). A network of networks, HASTAC now has some 3800 members dedicated to rethinking the design of new learning technologies, participatory learning, and the role of technology in social live and learning. HASTAC administers the annual $2 million MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition. In its third year, the 2010 Competition, Reimagining Learning, is a collaboration with the White House Educate to Innovate Initiative as well as with Sony, EA, and ESA. Along with Goldberg, she is the author of The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age. Her Now You See It: The Science of Attention in the Classroom, at Work, and Everywhere Else will be published by Viking Press in Fall 2010. Dr. Davidson also chairs Duke University's Digital Futures Task Force which has been charged with forming a university-wide open access policy. http://www.hastac.org
Author of Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History With Documents (with John Garrigus), Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804, Professor Dubois is a historian of French colonialism and the Caribbean and also writes on the global politics of football. His discussion forum about the power of global soccer is http://blogs-dev.oit.duke.edu/wcwp/ (See attached poster.) http://news.duke.edu/2009/12/dubois.html, http://ondemand.duke.edu/video/20801/laurent-dubois-talks-haitian-h
Author of Representing the Unpresentable: Images of Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran and Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema, Professor Mottahedeh also received national notice for staging the first-ever Twitter Film Festival as well as for serving as a communications node in the Iranian election protests. Her blog is the Negarponti Files (http://negarpontifiles.blogspot.com/). https://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Literature/negar, http://ondemand.duke.edu/video/20953/negar-mottahedeh-on-social-med
Mark Anthony Neal
Author of New Black Man, That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture, Freedom Summer Remembered: A Conversation with Denise Nicholas, Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand's Moon in Scorpio and It's Your Nigger Problem, Not Hip-Hop's, Professor Neal is one of the foremost scholars of Black popular culture in America. He writes the New Black Man website (http://newblackman.blogspot.com/) and is a national commentator on all forms of media.
Tony O'Driscoll is a Professor of the Practice at Duke Universitys Fuqua School of Business where he teaches, researches and consults in the areas of strategy, innovation and technology management, organization learning, services management, and management consulting. Dr. O Driscoll also serves as Executive Director of Fuquas Center for IT and Media; a research center dedicated to understanding the strategic, structural, operational and business model issues associated with these vibrant and volatile sectors. http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/faculty_research/faculty_directory/odriscoll/