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The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing
Friday, November 13, 2009
Universities have served important functions in society for more than a thousand years. They have done so in part by creating places that promote reflection, discussion, discovery and learning. For many people, the university-as-place is central to the purposes of the university. The university is also an idea and, increasingly, ideasâ€”in the Internetâ€”have enormous power to stimulate learning and discovery. Indeed, what many now describe as â€œWeb 2.0â€ is a view that the web is evolving into a social environment that has the potential to extend the influence and reach of institutions and individuals. This talk will address the co-evolution of higher education and the Internet and will explore issues the roles of place, expertise, and even truth, in a world of abundant information and changing academic expectations.