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The Academy and the You-niverse: college search & fit in the internet age

When:
Session Six: Sunday 2:30pm–4:00pm
Where:
Room 209
Who:
Shelley Krause
Affiliation: Rutgers Preparatory School
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Personal computing and the internet have increasingly enabled end users to personalize and customize their experience. If you have an iPod, you effectively have your own radio station with listener base of one, perfectly tailored to your tastes. Your RSS feeds may have replaced the nightly news. Until recently, college represented the greatest degree of educational agency most US students had ever had. Now? Some of them are free-range learners before they even set foot on campus. Broader shifts towards a culture of participation are reflected in students' shifting expectations and mindsets. To what extent are we prepared to appreciate, assess, and support individual young learners as individuals? I'd love to have a broad and specific conversation about what happens as students imagine themselves into their unknown futures as learners. What are students' hopes and expectations with regards to teaching style, academic content, campus culture? How do characteristics they want to consider map onto what's currently "searchable," and how might that change, going forward? Similarly, let's spend some time thinking about whether the increasing transparency of learning will enable students to assess their future learning opportunities in new ways.

Conversational Practice:
Kick off w/ realms of expertise and interest (my own take-off on realms of concern and influence)... on the theory that "the genius is the room" Will likely also include some affinity mapping to help shape discussion
Website:
http://prezi.com/nrvjgzh6-06d/
http://college.wikispaces.com/The+Academy+and+the+You-niverse
Elluminate Rooms ( instructions for launching Elluminate )
Stream via Elluminate: Room 209 — Channel B

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