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Information Superhighway vs. Walkable City: OLC National Speaker Dr. Gardner Campbell
Start Date: 1/25/2018Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 1/25/2018End Time: 11:00 AM

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In the 1960s, Clark Kerr spoke of the modern research university as the “City of Intellect.” As the Internet became a commodity in the 1990s, the metaphor of the “information superhighway” was used to explain the potential of this new light-speed global telecommunications network. When these two metaphors converged at the turn of the century, universities looked to online learning as an opportunity best imagined in terms of information superhighways, with a resulting emphasis on “content delivery” and “scaling.” But as Jane Jacobs argued in her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, cities are more than superhighways, and should be built around ideas of walkability, serendipity, and the kinds of connections that emerge within cities and form their crucial social and cultural infrastructure. In this talk, Dr. Gardner will make the case for the philosophy of “connected learning” as a way to use Jacobs’ vision, and the moral crisis it diagnoses, to inspire a more humane and effective approach to online learning.


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Gardner Campbell, Ph.D.

Gardner Campbell currently serves as Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where for nearly three years he also served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success and Dean of VCU’s University College. He is an intellectual omnivore, a former radio announcer, a professor (Milton and Renaissance studies, film studies, new media studies), and a bassist. Gardner has worked in teaching and learning technologies for over twenty-five years, nearly fifteen of those (to his great surprise) as an administrator. He’s been a member of numerous advisory boards as well as the governing board of the New Media Consortium, serving as chair in 2011-2012 and again in 2017-18. He also speaks frequently at conferences and workshops, both nationally and internationally (Sweden, Canada, Italy, Australia): here are his three most-watched YouTube videos. You can read his blog, “Gardner Writes,” at  www.gardnercampbell.net and find him on Twitter @gardnercampbell. 

Contact Information:
Name: Reina Lopez
Phone: 215.571.4594
Email: reina.m.lopez@drexel.edu
Gardner Campbell, PhD
Behrakis Grand Hall – South
Creese Student Center
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