Dr. William Rankin
by Dr. William Rankin
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Dr. William Rankin (ADE class of 2009) has spent more than 20 years designing and building facilities that leverage technology to improve higher education. For the past 5, he's been at the forefront of an effort to understand how emerging mobile technologies and digital media can make education more engaging, more effective, and more relevant. His work on Abilene Christian University's "Connected" initiative, that gave an iPhone or iPod touch to every student, has led him to a new way of thinking about the nature of learning and teaching, favoring a student-centric model that combines in-class and in-situ experiences. Inspired by his academic study of medieval pedagogies, he believes that our technologies have finally caught up with the way people have always learned, restoring — even as they are updating — models of education that have been around for millennia. Next-generation mobile technologies now provide us with entirely new opportunities for engaging with real-world learning, replacing the decontextualized space of traditional classrooms with real-world — and very connected — forms of learning. In this collection, Rankin explores what he calls the "three ages of information" and talks about some of the reasons he and his team embraced mobility, as well as what they've learned from the process.
|1||VideoIntroduction||The Biblioteca Armando Olivares at Mexico's Universidad de Guanajuato holds a unique collection of more than 60,000 volumes, many of them from the dawn of printing in the 16th century. Early printed books such as these unleashed a revolution in human creativity and thought that shaped the modern world. At the dawn of the 21st century, a new digital revolution is now underway that promises to be just as significant to human culture — and that has the potential to breathe new life into the precious intellectual resources of the past. ADE William Rankin introduces us to some of the challenges and solutions facing higher education in this short video set in that amazing library.||3/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEmbracing Mobility: Changing the culture of Abilene Christian University||How will education adapt to a world where using powerful, always-connected, mobile devices like iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is becoming increasingly instinctive for both students and faculty? In this short exploration, Abilene Christian University's Dr. William Rankin presents not only a rationale for embracing these devices as educational tools, but also a description of how they're reshaping teaching and learning at ACU.||2/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Future of Digital Books: A dispatch from the Frontier||It's easy to see books as an essential tool for education, and easy to be concerned as new technologies challenge our understanding of the role they play in teaching and learning. In this brief presentation, delivered prior to Apple's recent announcement of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author, Abilene Christian University's Dr. William Rankin presents a brief history of books, working to explore some of the challenges, opportunities, and possible future directions presented by a new generation of digital texts.||2/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Thinking outside the box and trying to stay ahead of educational needs for tomorrow.
- Category: Teaching & Learning
- Language: English
- © 2012 Apple Distinguished Educator Community