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Interactive Colloquium on the Future of Education April 12


Stony Brook University’s fifth annual Sparks of Innovation: The Future of Teaching and Learning Colloquium, will be held on Friday, April 12, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and promises to be a day of innovative interaction on the future of education. The Colloquium will take place in the Center for Learning and Service, H Quad, Benedict College. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Charles Robbins will give the opening address.

Vijay Kumar

The keynote speakers include Vijay Kumar, from MIT, who will speak onOpen Education on the Move: New Pathways for Learning,” and Tracy Penny Light, from the University of Waterloo, who will speak on “Documenting the Self: Integrative Learning and ePortfolios.” There also will be “Conversations” times with the keynote speakers throughout the day. Details of their presentations and their biographies can be found at the Colloquium website.

In A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education, Barr and Tagg (1995) described a paradigm shift in education from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning. This concept is still relevant almost 20 years later as technology has become integral to the teaching and learning process, forcing us to ask: Is the learning paradigm experiencing its own shift? How prepared are we to teach in this age of digital global learning?

Join in a day of innovative exchange and conversation, from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to ePortfolios to innovative teaching and learning strategies with technology. You are invited to participate in the day’s interactive sessions, where your input and ideas will be vital to how we map the future of teaching and learning.

Tracy Penny Light

Space is limited and registration is required. There is no charge to Stony Brook University faculty and staff. There is a $35 fee for non-Stony Brook participants, and SUNY Center for Professional Development members can use their available points. Continental breakfast, lunch and breakout refreshments are included in the fee. The registration fee will increase to $50 at the door on the day of the event.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact the Faculty Center at (631) 632-2780.

Student Showcase
Stony Brook Talent Grant and SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant recipients will present their innovative teaching with technology projects in 10-minute Spark presentations, accompanied by a poster session.

The fourth annual Spotlight on ePortfolios Student Showcase that features the best integrative eportfolios for 2012-2013 will be held in the Center for Leadership and Service Atrium at the same time. Student awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony, and students will display their eportfolios and talk with faculty and staff in the Atrium from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

Click here to view Showcase ePortfolios.

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