Featured Speakers

We are thrilled to present our keynote speaker for the third conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World.

Keynote Speaker:  Karen Head, Ph.D.
Finding Balance in the Culture of Disruption

Through the lens of her experience teaching a Massive Open Online Course, Head considers the balance between the imperative to embrace new technologies in higher education with approaches that engage instructors and students in meaningful ways. She will elaborate on issues she writes about in her book, Disrupt This!: MOOCs and the Promises of Technology—especially the ways the discourse surrounding disruption is driven by a small group of pundits who have narrow views of the problems faced by the vast majority of those engaged in teaching and learning in colleges across the country.

Karen Head is Executive Director of the Communication Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany, where she serves as the primary consultant for their academic center. Her research areas focus on writing and communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the following areas: higher education rhetoric, sustainable and innovative pedagogy and space design implementation, development of writing centers, writing program administration, communication ecologies, technical communication, business communication, multidisciplinary communication, and creative writing.

Closing Lunch Panel

Dr. Sarah Kuck, Associate Professor, Albany State University, and Executive Director of Academics, University System of Georgia eCampus

Dr. Karen Head, Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Communication Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Ms. Ann Carroll, 500-Level Certified Yoga Teacher, and former corporate Vice-President


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