Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, P3 not only discusses but uses new collaborative and experimental forms of teaching, presentation, assessment, and information sharing using new forms of technology and new collaborative methods in the classroom. The gathering is being planned by three recognized innovators in this field plus ten HASTAC Scholars (graduate students across the country) who have participated in online forums on this topic on the HASTAC website and who been co-planning the UnConference portions of our event this summer on a HASTAC wiki (http://hastacscholars.wikispaces.com/P3).
The morning of Sept. 10, from 9:00-12:00, will feature an interactive demonstration session by three scholars from different fields, all of whom both write about and use different collaborative, interactive methods in their research and in their teaching.
Anne Balsamo is a scholar of new media, cultural studies, and gender theory from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is especially interested in designing culture and in the ethics of interdisciplinary scholarship. She has pioneered "tinkering spaces" where those interested in new media theories can actually realize ideas as material spaces, objects, and practices. She is co-founder of Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company, and previously was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox PARC which created experimental reading devices and new media genres. Her books include Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women and the forthcoming Designing Culture: A Work of the Technological Imagination.
David Gibson, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont, is Executive Director of The Global Challenge (www.globalchallengeaward.org), a team and project-based learning and scholarship program for high school students funded by the National Science Foundation that engages small teams in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve global problems. His research and publications include work on complex systems analysis and modeling of education, web applications and the future of learning, and the use of technology to personalize education. His books include Games and Simulations in Online Learning, which outlines the potential for games and simulation-based learning, and "Digital Simulations for Improving Education," which explores cognitive modeling, design and implementation.
Nils Peterson, Assistant Director of the Office of Assessment and Innovation at Washington State University and a founding member and 2009-10 Board Chair of Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, a public charter school in Moscow, Idaho using the Expeditionary Learning model. He has 25 years of experience implementing technologies for teaching and learning, beginning with simulations used for medical education. Nils also blogs at http://www.nilspeterson.com/.
The afternoon UnConference will be a spontaneously formed, group-driven UnConference (from 1:30-5:30), assisted by ten mentor HASTAC Scholars on a range of topics including how new paradigms of evaluation and assessment better support peer-to-peer collaborative principles and the way students learn in todays digital world; how digital humanities projects collaborate with efforts toward public scholarship in the university; why and how should we promote the use of open-access resources; how diversity of all forms can be part of the experimental design of classrooms; what new forms of grading and assessment work best in the classroom today and how institutions can be changed to accommodate these new forms. Since this is an UnConference, we will also be demonstrating how new peer-based, spontaneously organized conferences work and will include an open forum on the ways this format can be adapted in other academic environments, including in the classroom.
On behalf of the entire HASTAC team, I extend this invitation and hope you will join us at P3 for what promises to be a provocative way to kick off a new academic year.