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Using mobile apps like Slack, WordPress, Instagram & SnapChat to reinvent university general education for the 21st century

Title

Using mobile apps like Slack, WordPress, Instagram & SnapChat to reinvent university general education for the 21st century

Presenter

Abstract

In many ways our 21st century university classrooms are indistinguishable from classrooms of the 19th century. Marshall McLuhan noted the disparity between the ubiquity of information everywhere outside the classroom and the paucity of it inside the classroom 40 years ago. Since his observation the disparity has only grown worse. An iPhone 5 is 1,000 times faster and has 15 million times more memory than the Apollo Guidance Computer that landed humans on the moon, yet our educational system was designed a century before that moon landing.

In a world where Google can find any journal article, Wikipedia can explain any concept, and YouTube can teach any skill, what is the role of a modern educator? By siting instruction on accessible, agile environments students today are familiar with I believe we can leverage the skills and aptitude students have today, in the service of developing the knowledge and abilities that will serve their careers tomorrow.

In this talk I'll present the results of 10 years of face-to-face teaching, 3 years of 100% online teaching, and the development of upcoming hybrid teaching. I'll show how different tools and environments have succeeded and failed in general education art classes at Long Beach State University. I'll show how I've leveraged the modern interfaces of mobile tools like Slack, WordPress, Instagram, and SnapChat to create student experiences that are engaging, fast paced, and truly resonant with powerful ideas and new media learning.

Details

Type

Presentation

Technical Level

Introductory

Area
  • Interfaces for the Modern User
  • Agile Methods, Leadership and What's new in IT
Topics
  • HTML 5
  • HTML.next
  • Native Mobile Apps
  • Accessible Web
  • Interoperability Standards
  • API Design and Implementation
  • Open Data