Ready Player One Discussion

The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) invites you to join us in exploring what we can learn about the future of teaching and learning from science fiction novels. We’ll begin by discussing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Learning is a key component of the novel from free interactive educational programs used as babysitting tools, to an entirely online public education system, to the problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary to solve Anorak’s Invitation. Are we on a path that will lead to systems like those described in Ready Player One? What would that mean for Duke and other higher ed institutions? Should we be excited? Worried? Both?

The discussion will take place on May 18 from 3:00 – 4:30 in Bostock 024. Please note, books will not be provided and there will be just one meeting. Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending email to Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate.

DDI is a collaboration between Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology and Office of Information Technology to explore new and emerging technologies and how they might be applied to teaching and learning.
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