April 16 talk covers role of educators in the digital future

The ever-changing digital world means new roles for faculty members, university administrators and information technology providers in the years to come.

Education technology expert Richard Katz will help UO personnel understand those roles in an upcoming talk that is free and open to the public.

Katz, who served 14 years as vice president of EDUCAUSE and was the founding director of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, speaks at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Knight Library’s Browsing Room. The talk is titled, “Higher Education at the Inflection Point: Toward edu@2025.”

The talk is part of the Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Speaker Series, which provides an opportunity to consider major trends involving information technologies and their impact on teaching, learning, research, and the structure of the academy.

Katz will discuss how the year 2013 may be remembered as the inflection point in higher education--a time when changes in regulation, the education marketplace, student preferences, globalization, technology, pedagogy and economics conspired to disrupt higher ed. University leaders are witnessing the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs), $10,000 degrees and more in what has been described as either an education tsunami or the most important experiment in higher education since the invention of the textbook.

Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, Katz held a variety of senior positions at the University of California and was the second recipient of that university’s Award for Innovative Management and Leadership.

Most recently, he founded the education technology firm Edudata and he consults on higher education strategy, technology, performance management, and compliance with governments, corporations, colleges and universities worldwide through Richard N. Katz & Associates, Inc. Katz has served on 25 corporate, university, and NGO governing and advisory boards and is the author or editor of seven books.

The talk is sponsored by UO Libraries, Information Services and Office of Academic Affairs.

- from UO Libraries