Day 1 started with an excellent keynote address from Adrian Sannier, Deputy Senior Vice President and University Technology Officer for Arizona State University. Dr. Sannier’s keynote was titled “A New American University for Next-Gen Learners”. It was a very insightful discussion about the Net-Gen learners, their expectations, and their qualities. It would be most beneficial for faculty to watch a video archive of this session.

The only other session that I considered really good today was one titled “Driving Research in Technology and Pedagogy: Faculty in the Incubator Classroom”. This was presented by Dr. Mary Jo Gorney-Moreno and Menko Johnson of San Jose State University. One of the first things discussed was creating an incubator room with qualities such as having a flexible, adaptable environment, access to appropriate technology tools such as Web 2.0, providing a way to explore new technologies, overbuilt it so it is not outdated in two years, includes a 3-screen environment, all furniture is on wheels and easily moveable, all AV is controlled via a switch, and includes video conferencing equipment. 

Next Johnson described the Net-Gens as students that are always connected and capable of successfully multi-tasking. They expect instant feedback and live a technology-mediated life. This is a major challenge for many faculty, but Johnson reminded everyone for the need to adapt so they can pedagogically engage their students. 

Johnson then introduced us to TPCK – Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. TPCK is described by the website as follows:

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) attempts to capture some of the essential qualities of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge. At the heart of the TPCK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK),Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK).




The final thought of this session was that the faculty need designed for them a special “faculty support program/professional development program” that addresses the new technology environment.