ljx121102archwebArtisan2To get things rolling, we have developed a list of possible topics, but we want to hear from YOU as well. So, please add to this list by posting your idea(s) to the comments thread of this page. And, in the spirit of a “pop-up community,” please limit your proposals to 100 words or less. Note that this is merely a place to share ideas with the community. There is no selection process. We hope that, prior to the event, participants will periodically visit this space to get a sense of who is interested in what, thus potentially setting future collaborations into motion.

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A starter list of possible topics:

  • The role of study abroad in the study of art history, and the possibilities and limitations of resources like ARTstor

  • Should we think about coding as foreign language study? Should there be a separate computer language requirement?

  • Opportunities and challenges of print versus electronic books

  • Can online political arguments support real, democratic change?

  • How dorm life can create (or destroy) “living-learning communities”

  • Limitations and opportunities created by using virtual objects in learning—virtual patients in nursing, engineering simulation, AutoCAD, etc.

  • Geographies of knowledge and digital divides

  • Do virtual interactions change our sense of identity? Will true virtual reality one day change our idea of what it is to be human?

  • What is the future of theatre in the age of YouTube?

  • What places and architecture at ODU mean for education

  • The future of authorship and authority as information production becomes increasingly digital and collaborative

  • How should we think about and respond to the unofficial virtual presence of the University in places like the “ODU Confessions” Facebook page?

  • How does lab science change as “labs” become more about computer modeling than about titration or dissection?

  • Gains, losses, challenges, and opportunities for access by persons with disabilities as knowledge and education become increasingly virtualized and online

  • What makes distance courses work or fail?

  • How to maintain a sense of community and a student cohort in online degree programs

  • Writing on the process of flash-mob writing itself, and the role of the physical and virtual spaces of the Learning Commons

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  1. How does geography affect knowledge? Do we tend to believe the same things as people around us? Do places have values, beliefs? How does the physical geography of our home affect us: ocean, beach, rivers, warm weather, how about urban vs rural? Think about the red state blue state phenomenon. Do we congregate to places that reflect our values or are our values shaped by what’s around us? Both, probably. But some research suggests we move to places where we believe we will fit in:
    Does this behavior reinforce polarization because people only want to interact with those they perceive to be like them? How can places welcome diverse ideologies? Can they? Would you live in a place you felt you didn’t fit it?

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