RUCC 2018 Keynotes

Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00 am PST
Location: TBA (Fort Mason Center)

Dr. Pamela Redmond

Opening Keynote

Biography

Dr. Pamela Redmond, creator of the Innovation Labs, is currently Chair of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Touro University California. From kindergarten teacher to professor, her ambition has been to create and share learning environments where curiosity is key to exploring and mastering content and digital media and tools are leveraged so every student learns the way that best serves them and flexible demonstrations of knowledge are allowed. Dr. Redmond is past co-chair of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Innovation Committee, former chair of the Teacher Educator SIG of Computer Using Educators and helped write the first National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers along with several iterations of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing technology standards. She was presented with an On the Road to a Gigabit Award in Education by the Corporation for Network Infrastructure in California (CENIC) for her innovative uses of high-performance networking in K–12 and higher education. Converge magazine named her a Shaper of the Future.

Learning for the Future:
Tinkering with the Schema of School

New tools continuously expand access to information, foster communication and influence our culture. These evolutions in technology and science have reshaped the global economy yet the educational ecosystem has not kept pace. As the marketplace invents new jobs, schools must consider what it is essential to teach beyond content: Cultivating curiosity, knowledge economies, and collaboration. As the needs of learners evolve so must prototypes for learning and models for performance. Reimagining classroom learning experiences requires a culture shift that can only be cultivated through systematic provocations for innovation and broadening the definition of success. “Tinkering” is foundational to that change and, with an innovator’s mindset, failures lead to new thinking and evolved models for learning.

Date: November 10, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm PST
Location: TBA (Fort Mason Center)

Dr. Chris Haskell

Closing Keynote

Biography

Dr. Chris Haskell plays video games for a living, or at least that’s what his friends think. He’s the director of the Varsity eSports At Boise State. As a professor and researcher, Chris also focuses on the impact of video games, virtual worlds, social media, and digital culture. Dr. H teaches his classes in Minecraft and World of Warcraft. He created a course about Facebook, Youtube, and Memes. He even has retro 80s arcade games in his office,… for research of course. When it comes to work, Dr. Haskell is serious about play. It’s no wonder his friends think he needs a real job.

To Boldly Go:
Education, Technology, and Captain Kirk

Few would argue that our dreams of a technologically driven world were, at least, manifest in the popular culture, media, and books of the last 5 decades. But, a detailed look back shows far more connections between science fiction and science fact than previously considered, especially as it relates to education. In fact, education has been one of the primary beneficiaries of our collective creativity. If a half century of text, film, television, and games and research can be our guide, we can make accurate prediction about the future of education. In this presentation, Dr. Haskell (perhaps dressed as a Starfleet officer) will identify trends in information access, technology tools, interfaces, artificial intelligence, describing their proliferation in an upbeat, TED-style and Star Trek themed presentation. He will share research into how these tools and trends have changed education and those major changes on the horizon. Attendees will “Boldly go where no [audience] has gone before.”

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