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New-Wave Mobility and the Three Ages of Information

 

Almost six centuries ago, when Gutenberg's press became the first technology to enable information to be transferred efficiently and pervasively across distances, the world saw an explosion of creativity that set the stage for the modern period. Today, a new generation of converged mobile media devices and next-wave information access are offering a similar opportunity for explosive change – both within education and within society. What does the relationship between information technology and educational practice suggest about where all of this is headed? Does the all-the-time/everywhere learning offered by new mobility present an opportunity for solving today's educational problems, or is it a pedagogical dead-end? How does next-wave mobility offer to fulfill the promise of eLearning, but also threaten to radically reconfigure it, requiring new conceptions and strategies? This presentation will offer historical perspective and analysis that seeks to answer and contextualize these important questions.

 

 

Dr. William Rankin, PhD, Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA

 

Dr. William Rankin is an associate professor of English and Director of Educational Innovation at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Along with colleagues, he helped design the initiative that became ACU Connected, ACU’s pioneering one-to-one that gave every student an iPhone or iPod touch as a new platform for mobile learning. As part of this initiative, Dr. Rankin was involved at every level – from defining pedagogical approaches to designing interface elements – and in his current role, he continues working to discover and create what will be next in higher education. ACU’s efforts have received a number of accolades, including winning 2009’s New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence award, ACUTA’s Institutional Excellence award, and Alcatel-Lucent’s Dynamic Enterprise and Analyst Choice awards. As project lead, Dr. Rankin was named Campus Technology’s Innovator of the Year for mobile learning in 2008. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, he was named to Apple's ADE Board of Directors. Interviews with Dr. Rankin have appeared in such periodicals as Wired, The Guardian, The Australian, and The Chronicle for Higher Education and at online sites including InsideHigherEd, TUAW, and Open Culture. Rankin has also contributed to stories featured on National Public Radio, the BBC, the CBC and NBC Nightly News. With more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, Dr. Rankin has received numerous awards for teaching and has presented broadly on teaching and technology at conferences throughout the US and internationally.