LACOL 2021 Play and Innovation

Consortium-wide LACOL Workshop
June 21-23 virtually @ Hamilton College

For Full details on the Workshop Program, Schedule, and Registration, see: https://conferences.hamilton.edu/lacol2021

Workshop Registration is open!  Register Here

Hamilton College looks forward to hosting the summer 2021 consortium-wide LACOL, June 21-23, 2021.  With “Play and Innovation” as the official 2021 theme, this summer gathering will bring together faculty, technologists, research librarians, academic support specialists, and other educators and students for collaborative exchange and playful discussion. (more…)

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LACOL 2021 Keynote: Bryan Alexander (June 21)

Featured Keynote Day 1:

Gaming and Liberal Education
June 21 @ 1:30pm Eastern via Zoom

Dr. Bryan Alexander
Futurist and Author, Academia Next
@BryanAlexander

Registration for the LACOL 2021 Virtual Workshop will open soon.  Watch 👀 this space.

Bryan Alexander is an awardwinning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of higher education’s future.

He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana.  There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. (more…)

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LACOL 2021 Keynote: Heather Pleasants (June 22)

Featured Keynote Day 2:

Reimagining the Future(s) of Learning: Play in Speculative Spaces
June 22 @ 1:30pm Eastern via Zoom

Dr. Heather Pleasants
Educational Consultant, Experiential Learning & Assessment
University of Texas at Austin, @heatherplez

Registration for the LACOL 2021 Virtual Workshop will open soon.  Watch 👀 this space.

Dr. Heather Pleasants is a faculty development and senior assessment specialist at the University of Texas at Austin, where she works with faculty interested in making experiential learning a part of their courses. She is also an educational researcher and consultant who specializes in providing needs assessment, program evaluation, and external evaluation of funded initiatives—particularly those that address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Pleasants received her PhD in Educational Psychology (2000) with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Learning from Michigan State University. She is a regular contributor to the work of the Digital Pedagogy Lab, and her most recent publication is Digital Storytelling in Higher Education: International Perspectives (2017).

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LACOL 2021 Keynote: Catherine D’Ignazio (June 23)

Featured Keynote Day 3:

Data Feminism
June 23 @ 1:30pm Eastern via Zoom

Dr. Catherine D’Ignazio
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, Data Feminism (with L. Klein), @kanarinka

Registration for the LACOL 2021 Virtual Workshop will open soon.  Watch 👀 this space.

As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, their asymmetrical methods of application, and their unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists–and others who rely on data in their work–to ignore. But it is precisely this power that makes it worth asking: “Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? These are some of the questions that emerge from what we call data feminism, a way of thinking about data science and its communication that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought. Illustrating data feminism in action, this talk will show how challenges to the male/female binary can help to challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems; it will explain how an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems; and why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.” How can we operationalize intersectional feminist thinking in order to imagine more ethical and equitable data practices? This talk will focus in particular on examples of play, innovation and emancipatory pedagogy in data science. (more…)

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