The notion that we live in an age of “cognitive surplus” has recently sparked much conversation and controversy. Can computer networks give us the potential to improve the human condition through the wise use of increased free time, expanded brain function, and innovations that harness collective intelligence? If so, how can teaching, learning, and research improve our chances of realizing that potential? What can universities do to prepare students for productive and fulfilling lives as digital citizens?
Gardner Campbell, director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University and a leading authority of the use of technology in higher education, addresses these questions in a talk entitled “Digital Citizenship in a Networked World.”