The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College

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One look around campus will verify that Dartmouth students, like many other college students, are constantly using technology and digital devices. These platforms and devices have become necessary tools for most Dartmouth courses. How could you: Write essays without a computer? Send emails without an Internet connection? Complete problem sets without resources available 24 hours a day? 

These tools have revolutionized the speed and depth of learning. However, they are also calling into question the very way that a college-level education is attained. With a growing emphasis on distance learning and with the ever-available tools of the Internet, higher education is on the precipice of a great number of choices.

Jeffrey R. Young, Louis Stark Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will speak to this topic and how it will affect the way that learning might happen in the future, specifically at Dartmouth College, and accompanied by both wide-ranging opportunities and some notable challenges.

Young is an editor and writer focused on technology issues and the future of education. This summer he will return to The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he is a senior editor covering technology. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, teaching a course on multimedia storytelling. Young is the author of the e-book Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption. He has also written for national publications including The New York Times, New Scientist, Slate, and The Wall Street Journal. Young is a frequent speaker on issues of education and technology, having given talks at the World Knowledge Forum, SXSW, and education and campus events. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 1995 and a master's in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University in 2001.

Please join us for the Bernard D. Nossiter ’47 Lecture entitled “Pop-Up Learning: How Technology Is Changing and Challenging College” with Jeffrey Young at Rocky 3 at 4:30 pm on May 8, 2014.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences