Keynote Speaker

Christopher Dede

Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies
Technology, Innovation, and Education Program

21st Century Learning: Implications for College Teaching

This talk describes how we could redesign higher education to prepare students with the skills they need for 21st century work and citizenship. The array of Web 2.0 interactive media for students to create and share knowledge is rapidly expanding. In addition, immersive interfaces (such as Internet games) and mobile devices pervade the lives of youth outside of academic settings. We can build on these media to improve our teaching and assessment. As discussed in the 2010 National Education Technology Plan, this can help our graduates succeed in the 21st century.

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership.  His funded research includes four grants from NSF and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment.  In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. He serves on Advisory Boards and Commissions for PBS TeacherLine, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and several federal research grants.  His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005.  A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. His latest book, Digital Teaching Platforms, will be published by Teachers College Press in 2012.