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Lecture Examines the Role of Technology in the Classroom

Questions concerning the effective use of technology on liberal arts campuses like Southwestern have emerged due to rising trends in our digital culture.

Both in and out of the classroom, teaching and learning with technology has become necessary. Southwestern welcomes Bryan Alexander, associate director of the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, who will lecture on “Cyberculture and the Liberal Arts” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 27, in room 105 of the F.W. Olin Building. Alexander’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Alexander earned a B.A. in history and English and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. As the associate director of the Center for Educational Technology (CET), Alexander explores and facilitates effective uses of technology in teaching and learning both at Middlebury College and with selected liberal arts colleges across the country. CET collaborates with regional centers in the South and the Midwest under the leadership of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education. It also contributes national programming in different languages and disciplines.

Alexander will discuss issues that relate to current trends in technology, such as how liberal arts colleges can prosper in the digital world and what constitutes effective implementation of technology in the classroom. Additionally, he will discuss how learning has changed for the student who is required to use technology in the classroom and whether the use of technology has become a requirement for effective instruction.