Yes, we live in the Digital Age … but what exactly does that mean? How can digital technologies aid students in the learning process, and then help them apply what they have learned?
The Hofstra Cultural Center will present “Why the Digital Is/Isn’t Important: A Measured Approach to Using New Media Remarkably” in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.
Kimon Keramidas, Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC), will speak about digital technologies that are becoming common in our society and the bounty of new processes, practices and products that come along with them. As these technologies find their way into academic life, we are faced with the challenge of determining how best to incorporate them into our work. Though we may be tempted to take this challenge on with breathless enthusiasm, this talk will argue for a more measured approach, one that puts this digital era in historical perspective and better empowers us to create remarkable things with these new media.
“Digital technologies are changing everything for both students and professors,” said Dr. Ethna Lay, Hofstra University Department of Writing Studies and Composition, who is the faculty organizer of the Oct. 1 event. “Students learn and compose in various media all the time, and professors do as well. In fact, Hofstra students will have the opportunity to showcase their digital research as part of the spring 2015 Undergraduate Research Day.”
Hofstra students already tap into myriad digital media – from blogs, to Prezi to Omeka. They craft video essays, make podcasts or use screen capture software for peer review. “Digital pedagogy is part of contemporary undergraduate work,” said Dr. Lay.
Hofstra professors see the benefits of digital technologies and are trying to balance what they add to each curriculum – both in terms of composing and research. In addition, “We are also carefully considering how such digital making and digital thinking prepares our students for their life after Hofstra,” Dr. Lay said.