The Cornell University Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL)—the "go-to" conference for information technology policy and law in higher education—will broaden its reach in 2012 in order to address rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social concerns related to Internet culture and the Academy. The following is the list of keynote speaker presentations. Click the link below the event description to attend LIVE.
Wednesday, September 19 - 1:30 p.m.
"The Humanities in and for the Digital Age"
The spread of digital technologies has presented scholars in the humanities with some extraordinary opportunities, as well as a few challenges, not least for their modes of communicating with one another. This talk will explore some of the changes taking place in the humanities today and their implications for scholars and their institutions. How will our ways of thinking about scholarly communication change as we do more and more of our work on digital platforms?
Thursday, September 20 - 10:30 p.m.
"Online Teaching and Learning: A Revolution in the Making"
Pick up any newspaper these days, and you're bound to find a reference to some university's plans for online learning and teaching. We have seen such plans fizzle in the past—so what (if anything) is different this time? We will discuss recent studies carried out by Ithaka S+R and review new initiatives in the private sector. With powerful analytical evidence that learning outcomes are the same online as in the classroom, what are the implications, financial and otherwise, for universities and colleges?
Thursday, September 20 - 1:30 p.m.
"Facebook Is Using You"
Facebook and other online networks make money by selling ad space to companies that want to reach us—and the magnitude of information such companies have about each of us is stunning. Andrews will discuss the implications of data aggregation and the myriad ways in which we can be affected by assumptions made by aggregators based on our web behaviors.
Thursday, September 20 - 7:30 p.m.
"Net Smart: How to Thrive Online—Essential Literacies for the Always-On Era"
The future of digital culture depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives. Elaborating on his recent book, Net Smart, Rheingold will discuss the essential literacies for the always-on era: attention, participation, collaboration, crap detection, and network know-how.
Friday, September 21 - 8:30 a.m.
"Disciplined Inquiry in a Digital Age"
W. Gardner Campbell
Educational philosopher and cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner writes, "The goal of education is disciplined understanding; that is the process as well." Hiding in that little word "disciplined" are normative assumptions about rigor, complexity, modes of inquiry and expression, and the distinctive value of formal education. Campbell believes the digital age compels us to look anew at the word "disciplined," in terms of both the way our intellectual work in the academy is organized (our "disciplines") and in the learning experiences we craft for our students. We will explore ways in which current paradigms constrain us and our students and how the Internet itself may offer new paradigms of "disciplined understanding."