Next Generation Teaching and Learning Symposium

Saturday, April 17, 2010
8:30 am to 7:00 pm
110 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
Howard Rheingold, Christopher Edley, & Gordon Freedman

Sponsored by the School of Information's Center for Next Generation Teaching and Learning

The NGTL Symposium will share some of the trends and changes in emerging technology to support student-centered teaching and learning. Participants and speakers from academia, industry, standards bodies, and educational institutions will converge for one day to facilitate innovation and collaboration.

Panel topics will include:

  • Where are we now?
    Current technologies, student activities and instructor methods
    • New learning practices and paradigms
    • Tools and technological models
  • What's ahead?
    New models for learning, supporting instructors and driving student outcomes
    • Emerging models of education: virtual degrees, open education, peer-to-peer learning
    • Social issues: copyright, privacy, trust

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Keynote Speakers

Participatory Media for Education
Howard Rheingold

Professor, author, and creator of Social Media Classroom, Howard Rheingold will discuss the evolution and application of participatory media for education, specifically around 21st Century literacies.

Howard Rheingold says that he "fell into the computer realm from the typewriter dimension, then plugged my computer into my telephone and got sucked into the net." A writer and designer, he was among the first wave of creative thinkers who saw in computers and then in the Internet a way to form powerful new communities.

His 2002 book Smart Mobs, which presaged Web 2.0 in predicting collaborative ventures like Wikipedia, was the outgrowth of decades spent studying and living life online. An early and active member of the Well (he wrote about it in The Virtual Community), he went on to cofound HotWired and Electric Minds, two groundbreaking web communities, in the mid-1990s. His latest passion: teaching and workshopping participatory media literacy, to make sure we all know how to read and make the new media that we're all creating together."

Cybercampus Initiative and Vision
Christopher Edley

Hon. William H. Orrick Jr. Distinguished Chair and Dean of Berkeley Law School, Christopher Edley will speak on the vision and insight behind the University of California's "11th Campus" initiative.

Christopher Edley, Jr. joined Boalt Hall as dean and professor of law in 2004, after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School. He earned a law degree and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University, where he served as an editor and officer of the Harvard Law Review. In the Clinton administration, he worked as associate director for economics and government at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995.

From 1999-2005, Edley served as a congressional appointee on the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He also serves on the executive committee of the advisory board for the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Research Council, which is the research arm of the National Academies of Sciences. At UC Berkeley, he is founder and faculty-Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, a multidisciplinary think tank.

In March 2006, Dean Edley was named to a national nonpartisan commission created to conduct an independent review of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The 12-member Commission on No Child Left Behind issued recommendations in February 2007 for reforming and improving the legislation as Congress considers reauthorizing federal education laws. Co-chaired by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes, the commission is funded by several leading educational foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Next Steps to NGTL
Gordon Freedman

Gordon Freedman will outline his sense of the missing link in education: An Information Science Approach to Education Re-Design. He will also discuss the necessity for the U.S. to have a large-scale national effort to re-examine how we educate in the information era.

Gordon Freedman is an executive in the education, education policy and technology-in-education field and a former executive in film, television and media. Freedman has helped evolve the field of eLearning and is an advocate for broad-based change across the K-to-College education landscape.

Freedman is currently Vice President of Global Education Strategy at Blackboard Inc., a Washington, DC-based academic technology corporation with software implementations for higher education, training and schools. In addition, Freedman is Executive Director of the Blackboard Institute ( Freedman works extensively with and serves on the boards of non-profit organizations in the education change space, including and

Freedman lives in California and is the co-founder of the International School of Monterey, a K-8 California charter school.


Registration is $25 for students and $50 for non-students, and includes a light breakfast, lunch and a reception following the symposium. For those participants who are traveling long distances, there is no registration fee in order to offset any travel costs.

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March 26, 2015