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H.T. Person Homecoming Lectures|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Edward Anderson

H. T. Person Lecture 1999

Learning and the Digital Age

Dr. Edward Anderson
Mechanical Engineer
Texas Tech University

This lecture will explore the present and future impact of digital technology on how individuals learn and what this means to those who teach. Some of the goals of education include the transfer of knowledge, development of critical thinking, and changing of attitudes and behaviors. Some ways in which computers can be used to achieve these goals will be presented.

Computers offer learners multiple forms of media, data gathering, and artificial intelligence for transferring knowledge. Application of these capabilities to good learning practices and student-centered learning will be discussed and demonstrated. A technique using these capabilities to promote critical thinking will be demonstrated during the lecture.

Digital technology will also impact the more difficult of education's goals, the changing of attitudes and behaviors. This will surely happen just as books and television have altered our attitude about other cultures, societies and peoples. The challenge is to use this technology to make positive changes. A vision of how this may be accomplished will be presented.

Edward E. Anderson is the fourth distinguished professor to be named to the H.T. person Chair in Engineering. The endowed chair to honor excellence in teaching was initiated in 1996 through the generosity of Person's colleagues, peers, students and friends.

Learning and the Digital Age" is the title of Dr. Anderson's Homecoming lecture. He will discuss how technology may be used to improve the learning process; an area that Edward has been extensively involved. As Associate Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at Texas Tech University, his focus was upon instructional technologies. The goal was to significantly expand the use of computers and other electronic resources for instructional purposes by faculty across the university. While Chairman of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech, he was instrumental in upgrading the department's curriculum to include more design, team-building, and communications.

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