Archive for the ‘Plenary’ Category


In Due Season We Shall Reap

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Plenary Presentation

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 p.m.
Tom Woodward (Henrico County Public Schools)


The result of 12 years of formal education enters your classroom each fall.  These students are influenced by more than the Internet and video games. Far more powerful is their conceptualization of education and the skills and knowledge they have gained in those 12 years.  Since 2002, No Child Left Behindhas played a major role in shaping the educational experiences of the students you see today. What are the results of implementing high stakes testing and accountability? How does the prevalence of standardized tests impact the instructional expectations students bring to college?  What role should educational leaders in higher education play in determining their community’s educational future?   A dystopian future looms but it can be avoided if action is taken now.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)

The Ivy and the Kudzu, or, the Lush Perils of Openness in Academe

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Plenary Presentation

Thursday, May 12, 1:00 p.m.
Amanda French
(Center for History and New Media)


The “EDUPUNK” movement founded or at least coined by UMW’s own Jim Groom is at least partly all about openness and transparency in higher education instruction. Much work by both faculty and students that would have been private in the classroom, or would at least have been hidden behind a Blackboard password, is now available on the open web. Scholarly conferences and scholarly publishing are facing a similar pressure from the conventions that developed in web culture, so that scholarly presentations, articles, and books are now everywhere to be found. This new openness has its prophets both of doom and salvation: will making so much of the product of higher education available for free on the web kill the university press, for instance? Or journals? Or libraries? Or perhaps the university itself? The knowledge that was once content to train neatly and modestly over our brick walls now threatens to blanket the landscape, but perhaps, in the end, that’s a good thing.