Faculty Center for eLearning presents brown-bag event tomorrow

Faculty Center for eLearning presents brown-bag event tomorrow

Michael Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, Kansas State University, is alive and well and living in Kansas – and presenting in Florida. The creator of "The Machine is Us/ing Us" and featured speaker at the 2007 launch of UST's Faculty Center for e-Learning, Wesch presented his paper, "From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Experiments in New Media Literacy," at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives (ELI) conference in Orlando last month.

Dr. Michael Wesch

View the recording of Wesch's recent presentation. Then, come to a lively brown-bag discussion where the Faculty Center for eLearning will talk about the questions he proposes and many others.

The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 17, in these locations:

  • St. Paul campus: Room 102, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center
  • Minneapolis campus: Room LL09, Terrence Murphy Hall (live two-way video to St. Paul)

In his presentation and corresponding paper, Wesch raises some provocative questions:

  • Is the introduction of technology in the classroom pandering to students?
  • If the culture is moving toward media dependence, are faculty obligated to create a space that challenges such dependence?
  • Does embracing 21st-century literacy mean abandoning 19th-century literacy?
  • Or, conversely, is it the "back-to-basics" movement itself that panders to students by allowing them to sit back, passively absorb a lecture, and merely regurgitate facts?

Seating is limited; e-mail the Faculty Center for eLearning to indicate interest.

UST's Faculty Center for eLearning (FCL) provides programming and physical and virtual space designed for the exchange of ideas, conversation and the building of community – all with the goal of developing effective collaborations among faculty and IRT staff to promote effective learning and academic excellence.

Contact anyone in the FCL Working Group or e-mail fcl@stthomas.edu for more information.