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Moore's Law and the Conundrum of Human Learning


Four authors with diverse backgrounds in teaching, learning, and information technology in higher education discuss six topics relating to the human capacity for learning and the radically expanding growth of computational power: new technologies; return on investment; mobility and wireless; the "information grid"; leveraging technology for teaching; and the digital divide.

Phillip D. Long

Phillip Long is a Professor of Innovation in Educational Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. At UQ he is the founding director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Technology and eLearning strategist. His portfolio at UQ includes research, development and evaluation of innovative uses of technology for research and higher/tertiary education. While at MIT he led the outreach effort projects that emerged from the MIT iCampus project.and ntegrate MIT iCampus technologies into the MIT learning experience.

His current research interests focus on designing learning spaces to support active learning, emerging technologies, the use of virtual worlds, and digital tools that extend understanding of the physical world.

Dr. Long's professional activities are numerous: New Media Consortium Board (2006-09), former chair of the NMC Board, NMC Project Horizon (2005 to present), NMC Project Horizon.au (2008) , 2006 Syllabus Conference Campus Host, 2006, the SAC Program Committee (2005-07, 06 Chair), Adobe Higher Education Advisory Board (2007 to present), Steven's Institute of Technology WebCampus board, past member of the US Army Distance Learning Subcommittee, MIT DSpace Policy Committee and many others.

Dr. Long is also a Senior Associate with the TLT Group, a non-profit dedicated to improve teaching and learning by making more appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology.

Dr. Long is a lapsed behavioral ecologist, having studied birds from the north slope of Alaska to the coast of Patagonia. His area of research was the evolution of mating systems and the biological bases for cooperation. He continues to enjoy birding and adding to his life list when his is not pursuing his other hobbies of sailing and running.


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