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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers New Webinar on the Transforming Role of Technology in the Classroom

Free Webinar Examines Conventional and Progressive Views on Technology’s Place in Learning Environments

IRVINE, Calif. – October 13, 2011 – In response to the growing prominence of digital media in the classroom, the University of California, Irvine Extension announces a free online webinar titled, “How and Why to Transform Schools in Digital Media.” Guest speaker, Dr. Mark Warschauer, a professor of education and informatics at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss the appropriateness of technology in the classroom and how it can be utilized for positive changes in teaching and in a class curriculum. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST.

“UC Irvine Extension recognizes the growing presence of digital media in every day life and its potential to enhance the overall learning experience,” said Angela Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension’s Education Programs Department. “With Dr. Warschauer’s extensive research and experience using technology in the classroom, the webinar will provide a thorough approach to the topic of using advanced technology in the classroom.”

The webinar will address the advantages of using technology in educational institutions, as well as the pitfalls of over-relying on it. Taking in account the opinions of both the techno-pessimists and techno-utopians, participants will take a practical look into the kinds of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, infrastructure and learning environments that are necessary to allow positive changes to occur. With research refined for teachers, administrators, policymakers, scholars and the interested public, the webinar will examine and upend conventional wisdom about concepts such as tackling a “digital divide” and teachers becoming a “guide on the side.”

Recognized as a leading expert in the education field, Dr. Warschauer specializes in information and communication technologies in schools, its impact on language and linguistics practices, and its relationship to institutional reform, democracy and social development. He has published several books on the progress of new electronic literacy among culturally diverse students and the role of information and communication technologies in second language learning and teaching.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.