Event Cancelled: Disruptive Innovation via Open Education Resources

CANCELLED: Baraniuk talk and events
We regret to announce that the Wednesday, March 26 talk by Richard Baraniuk, “Disruptive Innovation via Open Education Resources,” and all related events are cancelled.  The speaker, Richard Baraniuk, has fallen ill and is unable to travel to Austin tomorrow.
Please feel free to query the Center for Teaching Excellence if you have any questions.

Join us for a talk by Dr. Richard Baraniuk, Rice University, as he discusses the open education resource movement and its implications for universities like ours.

  • Wednesday, March 26
  • 10-11:30 am
  • Fleck 305
  • Space is limited. Please RSVP: http://ow.ly/uvX2h

A grassroots movement is sweeping through the academic world. The “open access movement” is based on a set of intuitions that are shared by a remarkably wide range of academics: that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use; that collaboration should be easier, not harder; that people should receive credit and kudos for contributing to education and research; and that concepts and ideas are linked in unusual and surprising ways and not the simple linear forms that traditional media present. In this talk, Professor Baraniuk will overview the past, present, and future of the open access education movement, from Connexions to Coursera, and from OpenStax College to edX.

About Dr. Richard Baraniuk

Richard Baraniuk
Richard Baraniuk

Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and Founding Director of Connexions (cnx.org) and OpenStax College (openstaxcollege.org). Launched in 1999, Connexions was one of the world’s first and today is one of the world’s largest “open education” platforms, providing free and remixable e-textbooks to millions of users from 200 countries. OpenStax College is leveraging Connexions to provide free and open textbooks for the highest impact college courses at over 400 institutions nationwide. For his education projects, he has received the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching Award, the Tech Museum Laureate Award, the Internet Pioneer Award from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the World Technology Network Education Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award, and has been named one of Edutopia Magazine’s Daring Dozen Education Innovators. For his research projects in signal processing and machine learning, he has received numerous national awards and has been elected a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Information Technology, the Munday Library, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. We hope to see you there!

About Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Frost Davis Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology Rebecca Frost Davis joined St. Edward’s in July 2013 as Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, where she provides leadership in the development of institutional vision with respect to the use of technology in pursuit of the university’s educational mission and collaborates with offices across campus to create and execute strategies to realize that vision. Instructional Technology helps faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. Previously, Dr. Davis served as program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, she was the assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and an assistant professor of classical studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davis is also a fellow with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). As a NITLE Fellow, Dr. Davis will develop a literature review relevant to intercampus teaching, which will cover contextual issues such as team-teaching, teaching through videoconferencing, and collaboration; a survey of intercampus teaching at NITLE member institutions; and several case studies of intercampus teaching at liberal arts colleges, including interviews with faculty, students, support staff, and administrators. This work will be summarized in a final report or white paper to be published by NITLE. At Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, (http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/) Dr. Davis blogs about the changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking, and communication and how they are impacting the classroom. In her research, she explores the motivations and mechanisms for creating, integrating, and sustaining digital humanities within and across the undergraduate curriculum.
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