ECE Seminar Series

ISTeC Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and School of Education Seminar Series

Title: Learning Sciences & their Lack of Impact on Learning Technologies on Learning Practices
Speaker: Phil Long
Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin
Day: Monday, August 31, 2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morgan Library Event Hall

Abstract: Technologies extend our senses and augment our bodies. They enable us individually as well as situate us socially. Our opportunity to engage in learning individually, in groups, or in massive collectives is transforming the landscape of higher education. Simultaneously we are discovering more and more about how we learn. Data from neuroscience, cognition and memory research is telling us about how we engage with each other, filter and encode the deluge of data washing past us, and act on our world. Yet some of the core principles of effective learning are not universally embraced either in learning technologies or teaching practices. Why? Technology disrupts the status quo in mean areas of human endeavor, yet the perception of the many is that hasn’t changed the academy in appreciable measure over the past 100 years. This talk will address some very basic but significant aspects of what we know affects learning and discusses why it has had marginal impact on educational technology development and classroom practices.

Bio: Phil Long is the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas, Austin. Current work focuses on UTx, the local implementation of edX, learning analytics (SoLAR) and the digital enhancement of physical learning spaces. He is also a Foundation Honorary Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is a lapsed biologist now learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, & the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.