Libraries, ed tech, net neutrality, and online learning: this month on the Future Trends Forum

Over the rest of January the Future Trends Forum will explore several vital issues for the future of education and technology:

Monday, January 8: Katie Linder, research director for Oregon State University’s Extended Campus, will introduce an exciting and possibly unique new project that she just launched.  The Online Learning Efficacy Research Database aggregates scholarly research about how well digital learning succeeds.  It compares wholly online learning to blended and offline methods.

Dr. Linder directs the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unitand is an associate editor for the International Journal for Academic Development.  She hosts two weekly solo podcasts (You’ve Got This and The Anatomy of a Book), a weekly interview-based podcast (Research in Action), and a seasonal podcast (AcademiGig) co-hosted with Dr. Sara Langworthy. Katie also writes a weekly essay series. Her most recent book is The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide.

That’s today!  Please do join us.

(note the date; we’re usually on Thursdays.  This week’s an exception.)

Lisa HinchliffeThursday, January 18: how will libraries change in the future?  Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor/coordinator for information literacy services and instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will share her insights.

Lisa served as the 2010-2011 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. Along with Debra Gilchrist, Lisa is the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the IMLS-funded Assessment in Action project.

Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of libraries, library assessment, program evaluation, and organizational innovation. Her most recent book is Environments for Student Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Affairs in Collaboration (co-edited with Melissa Autumn Wong). She is an internationally sought after speaker and has also conducted workshops and trainings on five continents.  She’s one of the most dynamic librarians I’ve ever met.

Lisa is especially knowledgeable about, and active in, digital literacy.  She recently worked on a digital literacy report with myself and several others.

Thursday, January 25: what’s next with net neutrality, education, and technology? Jarret Cummings, the Director of Policy and Government Relations for EDUCAUSE, author of the official EDUCAUSE statement about net neutrality and education’s stake in maintaining it, will join us.

Jarret has helped assemble a broad coalition of institutions and associations across education, technology, and the cultural heritage sector.  I interviewed him about this in December.  I plan on asking his thoughts on what the FCC’s actions mean for teaching, learning, and research.  I also hope to seek his advice about what we should do in response.

There’s more to come in February.  Stay tuned.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the Forum live, here are some recent recordings:

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