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ISTeC Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department Seminar Series

Title: Robots, Learning, and the Fundamental Pedagogical Nature of Institutional Change
Speaker: Jeff Grabill
Affiliation: Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Michigan State University
Day: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morgan Library Event Hall

Abstract: There are a number of technologies that have impacted and promise to transform how we learn, construct relationships with students, and understand how a university meets its educational mission. In this talk, I will lay out an argument that we are at an important moment as university educators. We are provided with compelling opportunities to provide students with more personalized learning, better feedback, and improved outcomes. This moment will continue to be shaped deeply by technologies. We will continue to be invited to see these technologies as magic. We must understand the various technologies involved in learning as pedagogies. Given that, what sorts of pedagogical choices are we making as educators? What sorts of choices should we make? I will walk through a couple of examples that illustrate the basic dynamics implied by these questions: Michigan State Universityís approach to student success learning analytics and my own involvement in inventing and commercializing an educational technology. The choices we make enact how we understand teacher and student work and relationships, issues of equity, and the participatory dynamics of decision making.

Bio: Jeff Grabill a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing. His research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning, and that work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. He is a Senior Fellow with University Outreach & Engagement. At Michigan State, he helped develop and led a new major in Professional Writing, was a founder of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center (now Writing, Information, and Digital Experience), and serves as Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Dr. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge Incorporated, an educational technology company. In his role as Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Dr. Grabill is responsible for guiding the development of technology-enhanced instruction on campus. He works collaboratively with the chief information officer on issues related to the teaching and learning experience and actively engages with the deans of the Graduate School and undergraduate education on new models related to curriculum development and delivery.