HEASPA would like to invite you to join us as we present Dr. Julie Schell in a conversation about Disrupting Higher Education with Technological Innovation. The event will take place on Thursday, March 20th from 12-1 p.m. in SAC 3.112 Balcony Room B.
Charles Eliot’s elective system initiated at Harvard University in the 1890s radically transformed the field of higher education. It is one of only a few truly disruptive innovations to catalyze universal change in how people learn on American college and university campuses. The only other innovation in learning that approaches this scale is another Harvard pedagogy – the Case Study Method, also developed in the late 19th century. Around the same time, one of the world’s most enduring technological innovations was born: the automobile. With thousands of advances since that time, today’s car is dramatically more efficient, faster, safer, and cheaper than the Model T. However, today’s campuses cannot claim the same rate of progress. With the exception of access, since the late 1800s higher education has been stubbornly resistant to changes facilitated by technology. This is true in nearly all areas including campus infrastructure, productivity, curriculum, teaching and learning, and the student experience. In this millennium, however, new technologies have brought us to the precipice of the next sea change. This is a very exciting time to be in our field. Join me on March 20, 2014 to explore the role of technology in disrupting higher education, both inside and outside of the classroom. This talk highlights topics to be discussed in greater depth in a new course entitled Technology in Higher Education, offered through the Program in Higher Education Leadership in Fall 2014.
Here is some more information about our speaker Dr. Julie Schell:
Dr. Julie Schell is the Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Teaching and Learning and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UT, Dr. Schell served as the senior educational researcher in the Mazur Group at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she also completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship. She remains an appointed Associate in Applied Physics at Harvard, where she advises on the uptake and scaling of educational innovation. Dr. Schell holds a doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.S. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her dissertation was awarded the 2010 Dissertation of the Year from the American Educational Research Association Higher and Postsecondary Education Division. She is an international expert in educational innovation, specializing in curricular transformation, instructional design and blended and flipped learning.
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Before you go on spring break, don’t forget to stop by Gabriel’s (1900 University Ave) for the PHEL/HEASPA Alumni Networking Event (4-7pm)! Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are all invited. Please RSVP here: www.heaspa.eventbrite.com.
Members interested in running for a position must submit their statement for candidacy by March 18th via google form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ANSuK_JJoQe1FpW52XPO3QXsoHNFk2t5q-2dtpTKHs4/viewform
Voting will occur online; only active members can participate in the election process. All candidates will be asked to save the date to attend an all-member meeting on Wednesday, March 26th from 12-1pm in the SAC Legislative Assembly Room. This meeting will allow candidates the opportunity to give a short speech on why they want to run for a particular office. If a candidate is unable to attend the meeting, they may appoint a proxy to address the members on their behalf.
Description of positions can be found here: HEASPA Updated Director Positions.
If you would like to meet the admitted students, Preview Day will be taking place from 9am- 12pm tomorrow in the Dean’s Conference Room (SZB 238). Social Hour will be at Scholz Garten at 5pm.
Also, pease wear your HEASPA shirt!
HEASPA will be hosting a “doc talk” for doctoral students on Wednesday, February 19th from 12-1pm in SZB 380. This will be an opportunity to talk about research topics, projects, and more. While this intended for doctoral students, all students are welcome to join! Please feel free to bring your lunches with you.
(Via a PHEL alumni)
This school is run by a small NGO, through which the founder teaches the children of the poorest people such as rag pickers, day laborers etc. Her lease has run out and her little school has been evicted. She is now holding classes in an open field. This fundraiser will provide funds to rent another small structure and run the school for a year while she plans for sustained funding sources.
Donate here:: http://igg.me/at/radiantkids/x/6244125
Consider volunteering with the Graduate Student Assembly for UT’s Largest Day of Service, ”THE PROJECT”, on Saturday, February 22nd as we work together with the Holly/East Cesar Chavez neighborhood in clean-up, revitalization, and beautification efforts. Each volunteer receives a free t-shirt and lunch from Longhorn Steakhouse.
Although we’re a little late to the game, we wanted to provide an opportunity for HEASPA members to attend basketball games together. Here is a google doc
if you are interested in going to the last few games and want to know who else is going so you can attend together!
In order to get tickets, students need the LASP (Longhorn All Sports Package). Go to texassports.com –> click on UT Student Basketball Tickets. Click on the games you want to attend once they’re open (the dates are listed on there). Click on general admission $0.00 (the games are free if you have LASP) and you can choose to get it emailed to your phone and also a “passbook” option for iPhone.
Hope to see you at the games and hook ‘em!
We are proud to announce that HEASPA has been awarded the ”January 2014 Outstanding Student Organization of the Month” by the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement & the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. This is largely due to the outreach and volunteerism on behalf of our members who dedicate one hour each week to serve as reading coaches to elementary and middle school students in under-served/low-performing schools around Austin. If you’d like to get involved with this initiative, please email email@example.com for more information.