Monday, June 14, 2011, Hotel Golf Libertas, 16:00 - 17:30

Deans' Perspectives on Learning in Digital World

Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Professor
Information Management & Library Science RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

21st Century Learning Skill Sets
Sarah Irvine Belson
, Dean
School of Education, Teaching and Health, American University, United States

Discovery of and Access to Information in the Digital World
Bill Mayer,
University Librarian, American University, United States

Overview of Potential Digital Learning Futures
Michael Ginzberg, Dean Designate
Kogod School of Business, American University, United States

Richard Durand, Dean
Kogod School of Business, American University, United States

IT/IS Providers Academic Initiatives Perspectives on Study Programmes
Samo Bobek
, Dean
Faculty of Economics, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Marko Ferjan, Dean
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia


At first blush, the concept, learning in a digital world, suggests images of distance learning - individual students with their laptops completing a course at times and places of their choosing, having limited interaction with the instructor or other students. Many business schools have explored, are exploring, and in some cases have implemented this learning scenario. Learning in a digital world is, however, much broader than distance learning, with greater potential and significant challenges.

In this session, we will first explore the breadth of the concept, learning in a digital world, and then we will look in more depth at some of the possibilities offered and challenges raised. Richard Durand (participating asynchronously) explores one possible learning environment in the digital world, blended learning, and explains why he believes this scenario is both probable and desirable for business schools. Sarah Irvine Belson will explore the learning process and how technology allows us to think differently about this process. She points to the need for both learners and educators to adopt new "tool kits" in order to operate successfully in the digital world. Bill Mayer explores the changing role and functioning of libraries in providing information access in the digital world. Other panel participants will provide additional perspectives on the topic.

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