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Thursday, May 12 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Building the University Worth Fighting For: Tools for Pedagogical, Institutional, and Social Change

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How does the development of technological tools and platforms relate to the mission of higher education as a public good? As digital technologies become increasingly integrated into our pedagogical practice, it is fundamental that we develop a critical framework for understanding the ethical and social implications of their use. While freely available “Web 2.0” technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Docs offer educators exciting opportunities to foster energetic forms of student collaboration, these tools deprive students of rights over their data and foster a passive, consumer-oriented relationship towards technology. Additionally, the inability to install open-source computational tools on university computers prevents students from exploring and understanding the computational methods that are becoming an ever greater force in everyday life. To counter these challenges, students and faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center have been developing new digital tools to bring computational methods and the affordances of “Web 2.0” into the classroom in an ethical, participatory, and accessible manner. Moderated by Katina Rogers, and featuring Digital Fellows and Futures Initiative Fellows from The CUNY Graduate Center, this interactive session will provide an overview of the differences between free and proprietary educational software and demo three tools currently in development at the Graduate Center: Social Paper, a non-proprietary socialized writing environment; DH Box, a cloud-based lab that enables classrooms to easily explore a range of computational tools without administrative privileges; and CBOX, an open-source, self-hosted social network. Session participants will be invited to interact with these tools during the panel, exploring ways to incorporate these resources into their own research and pedagogy.

This interactive session is part of the “University Worth Fighting For” #fight4edu series.


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
COOR L1-88 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Session Location COOR L1-88

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