danah boyd, John Seely Brown and Michael Wesch Join National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education as Fellows

August 04, 2010

First Cohort of NITLE Fellows to Focus on the Learning Experience

(Georgetown, Texas) danah boyd, John Seely Brown, and Michael Wesch have signed on as fellows with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). Each will join NITLE for a one-year term to run from August 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011. The fellowships—part of a new program launched by NITLE this summer—will bring these thought leaders together to consider the learning experience: how learning happens and why creative approaches to learning matter.

During their tenure with NITLE, the three fellows will participate in the NITLE Summit, which brings decision-makers from NITLE’s member colleges together for strategic discussions about the integration of digital technology into liberal education and informs the development of NITLE’s agenda. The Summit will be held on April 7, 2011, in Washington, D.C., immediately following the Sponsors’ Symposium of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The fellows will also participate in two videoconferences with NITLE.

“Digital technology is evolving rapidly, transforming the environment for learning,” said W. Joseph King, executive director of NITLE. “The new fellows program will connect NITLE and its members to diverse thinkers who can enhance our perspective on that transformation. As colleges work to become more student-centered and to operate ever more effectively in a deeply changed technological environment, keeping an eye on that big picture is critical.”

danah boyd is a social scientist at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her research examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth participation. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009).

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at University of Southern California (USC) and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. He previously served as chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Brown’s research has included such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies. He co-founded the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His latest book, co-authored with John Hagel and Lang Davison, is The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (Basic Books, 2010).

Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University focused on the effects of new media on society and culture. He has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired magazine Rave Award and the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology. Recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic, he has also has won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. His work with undergraduate students at Kansas State has resulted in publication of a number of popular YouTube videos that explore human uses of digital technology.

Full profiles of the NITLE fellows are available at http://www.nitle.org/about/fellows.php.


About the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

NITLE (pronounced “nightly”) helps liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. With the 137 institutions in its Network, NITLE works to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen the liberal arts tradition. Established in 2001 with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts institutions seeking to engage students in the unique learning experience that liberal education provides and to use technology strategically to advance the liberal-arts mission. (www.nitle.org)