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Beyond the Credit Hour and the Gadget Parade: Empowering Our Students for Digital Citizenship


Are your students good digital citizens? Digital citizens write in words, sounds and images and harness the power of data visualization. They understand that computers are not simply devices, but indeed tools for thought. Yet most of our practices in higher education have not addressed these fundamental changes in any deep or systematic way. In this presentation, Dr. Campbell proposes some reasons for this gap, as well as some possible directions for change. He seeks to awaken our digital imaginations, to help us move beyond the tools to the larger meaning and significance of the digital revolution. His presentation culminates in a portrait of the digital citizens we must empower our students to become. Join us for an enlightening presentation!

About the Presenter

W. Gardner Campbell is Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University, where he also serves as Assoc. Prof. of Literature, Media, and Learning in the Honors College. Prior, he was Professor of English and Assistant Vice-President for Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington. He has been involved in teaching and learning technologies for nearly two decades, including work at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond. Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. His primary scholarly areas are Milton and Renaissance studies, film studies, and teaching/learning technologies. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, and has served on program committees for both EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. He currently serves on the ELI Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors for the New Media Consortium. You can read Gardner’s blog, Gardner Writes.

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