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Webinar: Humanizing the Digital Leap

by Julie Keane on

In this 30-minute webinar, Participate CLO Julie Keane talks with Michael Torrence, PhD, president of Motlow State Community College, about how we can leverage technology to build a more empathetic, respectful, and interconnected world. The live conversation took place Monday, January 29, 2024.
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Key Highlights from the conversation

A few highlights of the conversation:

  • Integration of Advanced Technologies in Education: Michael discussed the innovative use of technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and blockchain at Motlow State Community College. These technologies are being integrated to enhance student learning experiences and prepare them for a rapidly changing technological landscape.
  • Focus on Human-Centered Design: A significant emphasis was placed on human-centered design in education. The goal is to ensure that technological advancements and educational frameworks are tailored to meet the needs and expectations of students and employers, emphasizing the importance of personalizing education to human needs.
  • Digital Credentialing and Skills Verification: The webinar highlighted the role of digital credentials and badges in modern education. These tools enable students to showcase their skills and competencies in a verifiable manner, increasing employability and providing a way to authenticate their abilities through digital platforms.
  • Partnerships with Industry and Community: Dr. Torrence mentioned various initiatives like Nissan University and the Tennessee Distillers Program, illustrating the college's approach to partnering with industry and community for practical, hands-on learning experiences. These partnerships are crucial in aligning educational programs with current industry needs and trends.
  • Ethical Considerations in AI and Technology Use: There was a discussion about the importance of ethics in the use of AI and other emerging technologies in education. The need for diverse perspectives in policy and decision-making processes was stressed to ensure these technologies are used responsibly and inclusively.

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