This second of three technology summits sponsored by Saint Mary’s College of California continues the conversation begun in November 2013 about teaching and learning in the 21st century within the context of a liberal arts education.
Distilled from the dialogue of Tech Summit I, this second technology summit begins with the following observational statement:
The liberal arts have always stood at the intersection of the sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts. So the question is not how to add computer education into the liberal arts curriculum. The question is how the liberal arts curriculum can be configured to teach both with and about digital technology, so that the critical thinking and collaborative learning skills at the heart of the liberal arts can be applied most effectively to the challenges presented in the contemporary culture.
In particular, this second technology summit explores the curricular, pedagogical and practical aspects of this theme, including specific opportunities and challenges.
A third, and final, tech summit is planned for Spring 2015 as a capstone reflection on lessons learned and possible future directions.
The summit series Technology and the Liberal Arts is part of the W.M. Keck Foundation grant on digital studies and liberal education designed to create opportunities for continued dialogue among Silicon Valley technology leaders with students and academic leaders from St. Mary's College of California interested in the role of technology in contemporary liberal arts undergraduate curricula. The first event was held at the offices of Yammer in San Francisco on November 14, 2013, with a total of 43 participants attending including 23 technology-sector representatives, 10 Saint Mary’s faculty and academic leaders and 10 students.
When: Thursday, May 8th, 6-7:30PM
Where: The offices of Twitter located in the Twitter building (1355 Market St., San Francisco, between 9th & 10th streets)
Getting there by BART: Get off in S.F. at the Civic Center Station and walk southwest (up Market St.) about two blocks
Getting there by car: There's a public parking lot on Fell Street between Van Ness and Polk (near 10th and Market) OR another public parking lot at Civic Center Plaza on Larkin Street between McCalister and Grove. Street parking is free after 6:00pm. Note: Do not park in the Twitter garage as this gets locked at 7PM.
The goal of the Technology Summit is to bring together Silicon Valley technology leaders with students and academic leaders from Saint Mary's College of California interested in the role of technology in contemporary liberal arts undergraduate curricula.
The resulting outcomes from the summit are twofold: (1) to provide feedback and context for the development of a minor in Digital Studies within the Saint Mary's College school of liberal arts, and (2) assist in the publishing of a white paper in June of 2014 under the auspices of a W.M. Keck Foundation grant. The working title of the paper is Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: A Report on the Role of the Liberal Arts in the Digital Age.
The Technology Summit will follow the dialogic seminar process that has been the hallmark of Saint Mary's College for 150 years. Participants will gather at round tables to discuss questions, with the discussion results shared out to the large group and compiled for later editing into the Keck White Paper. Three overarching questions will be discussed during the summit:
QUESTION #1: In what ways and to what extent can a liberal arts education prepare young men and women for the contemporary digital workforce?
QUESTION #2: To what extent should training in computer science be a component of a liberal arts curriculum to best prepare students for the contemporary technical workforce? What should that training look like?
QUESTION #3: What types of strategic partnerships between academia and industry should be developed to operationalize such curricula and best prepare college graduates for entry into the contemporary workforce, especially those who have historically been under-represented in the tech sector such as women and first-generation college graduates?
A full list of participants with biographies will be posted shortly.