No Such Thing: Education in the Digital Age
The New College Classroom
Christina Katopodis, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the Associate Director of Transformative Learning in the Humanities, a three-year initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY) supported by the Mellon Foundation. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize and the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award. She has authored or co-authored articles published in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, MLA’s Profession, Hybrid Pedagogy, Inside Higher Ed, Synapsis, and Times Higher Ed.
The learning process is something you can incite, really incite, like a riot. - Audre Lorde
Cathy N. Davidson is the Senior Advisor on Transformation to the Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY), a role which includes work with all twenty-five campuses serving over 500,000 students. She is also the Founding Director of the Futures Initiative and Distinguished Professor of English, as well as the M.A. in Digital Humanities and the M.S. in Data Analysis and Visualization programs at the Graduate Center (CUNY). The author or editor of over twenty books, she has taught at a range of institutions, from community college to the Ivy League. She held two distinguished professor chairs at Duke University, where she taught for twenty-five years and also became the university’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. She is cofounder and codirector of “the world’s first and oldest academic social network,” the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC.org, known as “Haystack”). Founded in 2002, HASTAC has over 18,000 network members.
Davidson’s many prizewinning books include the classics Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America and Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (with photographer Bill Bamberger). Most recently, she has concentrated on the science of learning in the “How We Know” Trilogy: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn; The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux; and, co-authored with Christina Katopodis, The New College Classroom (due August 2022).
Davidson has won many awards, prizes, and grants throughout her career including from the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, NEH, NSF, the MacArthur Foundation, and others. She is the 2016 recipient of the Ernest L. Boyer Award for “significant contributions to higher education.” She received the Educator of the Year Award (2012) from the World Technology Network and, in 2021, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences presented Davidson with its annual Arts and Sciences Advocacy Award. She has served on the board of directors of Mozilla, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, and has twice keynoted the Nobel Prize Committee’s Forum on the Future of Learning. She lives in New York City.
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121. How Big Is The Iceberg?57:58Eric Wang focuses on leveraging AI to improve learning experiences and promote academic integrity around the world. He leads the AI transformation of Turnitin as VP of AI. Turnitin is one of the world's largest EdTech companies. Turnitin AI, is a globe spanning AI research org that develops and deploys cutting edge scalable AI to improve teaching, feedback, efficiency, and academic integrity at over 16,000 educational institutions, reaching 40+ million students.Eric has over 15 years of hands-on people and strategic leadership experience in AI across academia, government research, and technology industries. He's an expert in the full lifecycle of enterprise AI and enterprise AI strategy. He's recently been featured: NBC Nightly News, NYT, Wired, Insider, and EdSurge.Links:LARGE-SCALE DEEP LEARNING ON THE YFCC100M DATASETThe Paper, Attention is all you need. Vaswani, Shazeer, et al.
120. AI and The Future of Education46:15Priten Shah, M. ED and B.A, Harvard, is the CEO of Pedagogy.Cloud, which provides innovative technology solutions to help educators navigate global challenges in a rapidly evolving world. He is also the author of the Wiley’s Jossey-Bass publication, “AI & The Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.“Pedagogy.Cloud has worked with over 200 different educational organizations to adapt and innovate during major world events including the Covid-19 Pandemic. He and his team are currently focused on helping educational organizations adapt to the ever growing capabilities of AI.Priten is also the founder of United 4 Social Change, a civics education nonprofit that focuses on helping teachers integrate interdisciplinary education into their curricula through animated videos, lesson plans, and innovative classroom activities.
119. Make Your Own Simulations40:21David McCool is President and CEO of Muzzy Lane, a company that was recently awarded 1EdTech™ 's 2022 Gold Learning Impact Award. Since founding the company, Dave’s goal has been to build technology that empowers authors to create compelling online experiences and helps students practice skills with guidance and feedback. Dave was previously involved in the founding of two successful startups. He graduated from MIT with a BSEE. He can be reached at email@example.com or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davdmccool/Links:Muzzy LaneMaking HistoryEarly Use of Simulation in Medical Education, by Harry OwenLearn more about KnoPro
118. Fixing Bias in Teacher Training Simulations46:42Liza (Cope) Bondurant, PhD began her career in 2005 as a 7-12 math teacher in upstate New York and is currently an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University. Liza’s research focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice in mathematics teacher education. She uses an equity-focused lens to study simulations, noticing, embodied cognition, and math action technology. She was a PI on two consecutive Department of Education Math Science Partnership grants (2013-2018) and has been a research participant on several NSF-funded projects. She has over twenty peer-reviewed publications, has written and edited K-20 mathematics curriculum materials, and is an editor of a forthcoming book Promoting Equity in Approximations of Practice for Preservice Mathematics Teachers. Liza was selected as the 2020 College Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). She served as the President of the Mississippi Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MAMTE) 2017-2020. Liza enjoys spending time with her family, walking, biking, and crafting.Daniel L. Reinholz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Diego State University. Dr. Reinholz engaged in groundbreaking work in the study of classroom equity in postsecondary mathematics. This work has been organized around the development of the EQUIP tool and the equity analytics approach, which focuses on generating actionable data to illuminate the subtle and sometimes invisible patterns that play out in classroom participation (by race, gender, disability, etc.). Beyond the classroom, Dr. Reinholz serves as a Working Group Leader in the Accelerating Systemic Change Network, which aims to catalyze sustainable and scalable changes to STEM higher education. This work involves developing new models grounded in organizational change, and helping STEM departments build their own capacity for change. Dr. Reinholz has published over 67 refereed journal articles, and has a forthcoming book, Equitable and Engaging Mathematics Teaching: A Guide to Disrupting Hierarchies in the Classroom.Links:SDSU press: https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=79227 EQUIP: https://www.equip.ninja/ Article: https://doi.org/10.5951/MTE.2021-0041 Tasks came from: https://www.map.mathshell.org/ Call for chapters Promoting Equity in Approximations of Practice for Preservice Mathematics Teachers: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/6684 Toward Anti-Oppressive Teaching: Designing and Using Simulated Encounters Based on Elizabeth Self’s and Barbara Stengel’s SHIFT Project at Vanderbilt University: https://www.hepg.org/hep-home/books/toward-anti-oppressive-teaching Justin Reich’s & Gregory Benoit’s work at MIT on the Teacher Moments project: https://teachermoments.mit.edu/ an outgrowth of Teaching Systems Lab: https://tsl.mit.edu/
117. Are Chat GPT and Other Large Language AI Tools a Deathblow for Math Education?49:33Today's episode is about AI in Education, but more specifically we're talking to the guy I once designated without his permission, my New Math Therapist back in Episode 76. Dan Meyer and I talk in this episode about AI's relationship to teaching math.Dan Meyer is the Chief Academic Officer at DesmosDan loves questions, the kind that rattle around in your brain at all hours, in the shower, etc. Math always had the most interesting questions for him as a kid. Then math education as an adult. He’s chased those questions through several continents, with thousands of teachers in talks and workshops, in a doctoral program at Stanford, finally landing at Desmos part time in 2012 and joining full time in 2015.Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, TED.com and Everyday With Rachel Ray, and is the author of the dy/dan blog. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the director of research at Amplify, where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. Dan lives in Oakland, CA.Links:https://danmeyer.substack.com/https://www.m-mitchell.com/https://huggingface.co/
116. A New Toolkit For Multisensory Museum Learning53:28Lauren Race is an accessibility designer, researcher, and educator working in academia and industry. Her process combines human-centered, multisensory, and co-design methods to remove barriers to information access. After earning her master’s from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), she joined the NYU Ability Project—a research space dedicated to the intersection of disability and technology. There, she researches the design of accessible educational tools in formal and informal learning environments. She teaches Multisensory Design at New York University, a course that seeks to increase access for those who learn best through sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Charlotte Martin (she/her) has over ten years of experience working in museum education and accessibility. She is director of access initiatives at the Intrepid Museum, where she and her team develop specialized programs and resources for visitors with disabilities and collaborate across the institution to embed accessibility in programming, training, customer service, design, infrastructure and hiring. Charlotte has presented at conferences around the world, and worked and consulted at a variety of museums. She previously served as president of the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable. Charlotte has an M.A.T. in Museum Education and a B.A. in History of Art.Links:Intrepidmuseum.org/accessability.nyu.edu
115. You're Doing It Wrong56:16Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012 and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards, and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings in the history of several of the department's courses.He is a national leader in the "CSforALL" and "A's for All (as time and interest allow)" movements, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field, and supporting them to achieve proficiency. Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 1,000 high school teachers! He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 63% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the record at UC Berkeley for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the national exposure he and the course have received in the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered, USA Today, and the front pages of the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle.Mastery Learning TwitterEveryone Should Get An A by David MacKayWhy Can’t Everyone Get A’s by Alfie Kohn (The New York Times)Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman
114. ETS CEO, Amit Sevak on The Present and Future of Assessment41:29As President and CEO of ETS, Amit Sevak leads the largest private educational assessment organization in the world, delivering products and services across 200 countries, serving tens of millions of people each year. Sevak has been a driving force in education, learning and workforce development around the globe. He has led the University of Europe in Madrid in Spain, INTI International University in Malaysia and Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) in Mexico. His transformational style of leadership consistently led to innovation, better learning and improved job prospects for hundreds of thousands of students and workers. Sevak has long been a coach for edtech CEOs. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Cambiar Education, CitiBridge and Education Design Lab. In 2017, he founded Mindset Global, an education investment firm. His early career included roles as a researcher, professor and advisor. Sevak graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago and earned his master’s in business administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. He is a regular speaker on the future of education and work, educational measurement and civic engagement. He is married with three kids and splits his time between Princeton, New Jersey and the Washington, D.C. area. As the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization, ETS builds assessments based on rigorous research and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Each year, the organization develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests in more than 180 countries at more than 9,000 locations. With a mission to advance quality and equity in education, ETS delivers groundbreaking research and learning solutions to help students, educators, schools, businesses and governments on their journey to what’s possible.
113. Live from SXSW Edu 2023: Research Storytelling in The Digital Age01:14:05Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is an educator, researcher and youth advocate with two decades of instructional and administrative experience in public schools, universities and non-profit organizations across the United States. Bishop currently teaches on the faculty of the City University of New York and the University of San Francisco. She is Co-Founder of Global Turning Points, an international consulting collective based on the praxis of critical pedagogy. Bishop’s writing includes her 2015 “Becoming Activist: Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing” and her 2018 “Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance“ which she created in collaboration with artist Tamsen Wojtanowski. She has two new books expected out in 2022 and 2023. Dr. Bishop holds a Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture and has been featured in numerous articles on youth activism, civic engagement and voting including on Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, Business Insider and PolitiFact. Find her online @DrBishopDigital. An artist by training, Dr. Kylie Peppler is a professor of Informatics & Education at University of California, Irvine where she designs and studies creative educational technologies together with industry partners. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from UCLA, where she was part of the NSF-sponsored team that designed and studied the Scratch platform, which has grown to over 93 million users. Her research group, the Creativity Labs, is part of UCI’s Connected Learning Lab, which reaches over 8,000 newsletter subscribers and a website which averages over 11,500 views per month. Recent projects include partnerships with Merlyn Mind on the innovative uses of AI in classrooms, and the development of new XR solutions with Purdue University for the future manufacturing workforce. Her work has been consistently supported by a range of foundations, federal and industry partners, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, Google.org, US Department of Education, Boeing, Best Buy, Fossil Foundation, GAP Inc., and National Geographic.Dr. Sangita Shresthova is a writer, researcher, thinker, speaker and doer. She is an expert in mixed research methods, online learning, media literacies, popular culture, performance, new media, politics, and globalization. She is currently the Director of Research and Programs and Co-PI of the Civic Paths Group based at the University of Southern California, where her current work is focused on the civic imagination. Sangita is one of the creators of the Digital Civics Toolkit (digitalcivicstoolkit.org), a collection of resources for educators, teachers and community leaders to support youth learning. Her own artistic work has been presented in creative venues around the world including the Pasadena Dance Festival, Schaubuehne (Berlin), the Other Festival (Chennai), the EBS International Documentary Festival (Seoul), and the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC). She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and MSc. degrees from MIT and LSE. She received her BA from Princeton University.She is also a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Social Change in Austria.