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Thought Vectors In Concept Space

Gardner Campbell (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
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April 24, 2015 - 8:00am
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That’s the nickname of Virginia Commonwealth University’s first cMOOC, a fully online course that ran for the first time in the summer of 2014. It’s also the phrase computer visionary Doug Engelbart coined to describe collaborative knowledge work in cyberspace. What does this enigmatic phrase suggest for higher education and the future of online learning? What emerging technologies will help to bring Engelbart’s vision to fruition? What “trailing edge technologies” have not yet been used to their fullest in addressing this goal? And what organizational and cultural changes are necessary to return higher education to the core values that gave birth to the Internet in the first place?


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Gardner Campbell (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)

Dr. Gardner Campbell is Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success, and an Associate Professor of English, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to VCU, Gardner was Senior Director for Networked Innovation in the Division of Technology-Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies (TLOS) at Virginia Tech, where he also served as an Associate Professor of English. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, Gardner was founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University, as well as Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning in the Honors College. Before coming to Baylor, he was Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where from 2003-2006 he also served as Assistant Vice-President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute (2005) and was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia from 2006 to 2008. From 2009-2012, Gardner was on the Board of Directors of the New Media Consortium (Vice-Chair, 2010-2011, Chair 2011-2012). He has served on numerous advisory boards and editorial boards.

A highly sought-after speaker and writer, Gardner has presented at numerous national and international conferences on Renaissance literature, film, and teaching and learning technologies. Recent presentations include keynote or plenary presentations at the AMICAL conference at John Cabot University (Rome, Italy), TEDx Sagrado Corazon (Puerto Rico), the annual meeting of the Directors of Educational Technology for the California Higher Education system (DET/CHE), the University of Santa Clara, Carleton College, Open Education 2012, Union College, Boston College, SUNY-Buffalo, and many others in the US as well as Canada and Sweden. His latest publication is an essay on "Temptation" in the Cambridge Companion to Milton's Paradise Lost. Other recent publications include an essay in Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press), and essays on teaching and learning technologies in EDUCAUSE Review and Change. You can read Gardner's blog, "Gardner Writes," at http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1.