måndag 23 januari 2012

Open Guest Lecture by David Webster (UK)

David Webster

Thursday and Friday, January 26-27, Doctor David Webster will visit The Department of  Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, in Lund. David Webster has his position in University of Gloucestershire (UK). He is doctor in philosophy, and has his main research interests in issues and topics concerning religion, Buddhist studies, and ethics. He is also the course leader for the program Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Gloucestershire. David is also interested in, and has lots of experience from, digitalisation of higher education.

David will make two appearances when in Lund. On the Friday there is a guest lecture open for everyone who’s interested in spirituality and our times. David wants to discuss these things in a lecture entitled 

A Non-Spiritual Manifesto. How contemporary spirituality makes us stupid, selfish and unhappy”.

Very Welcome to this, maybe, provocative event, everyone!

Time: Friday, January 27, 13.15-15.00 (c.)
Location: Room 109, ”Kulturanatomen”, Biskopsgatan 7, Lund


The day before, David will participate in the department’s research seminar, ”Kulturseminariet”, and from different angles discuss the digital possibilities for higher education. David Webster’s contribution has two components:

Firstly he will give an account of the deployment of social-media technology within his own work. This begins with a blog in 2006 - www.r-p-e.blogspot.com - and also podcasts and wikis in teaching units. He will also relate the benefits and drawbacks to the use of Facebook with a course-wide set of students. This will also discuss the public-facing nature of social-media work, and the potential of this to be harnessed as a form of marketing collateral. In addition to pedagogic and institutional concerns, Dr Webster will also consider impacts in relation to the student experience more broadly.

Secondly, David wishes to investigate the possibility of collaborative delivery of modules between institutions. The idea of a module on something akin to 'The Digital Human' could be delivered both in the flesh, and via video-link, with the use of virtual classrooms, podcasts and virtual learning environments. Students studying and using digital technologies and building virtual cohort identity while reflecting on it transforms their student experience into action-research. This has skills-development potential as well as scholarly merit. He seeks ideas about how this idea might be taken forward, and whether our Universities might develop such a project.

And moreover, the seminar will also discuss this from the fact that the department in the upcoming fall will start a brand new major (candidate program): ”Digital Cultures”.

Time: Thursday, January 26, 13.15-15.00 (c.)
Location: Location: Room 202, ”Kulturanatomen”, Biskopsgatan 7, Lund

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