2007 Sara Fine Lecture & Events


Dr. Christopher DedeThe Sara Fine Institute is proud to host a lecture by Dr. Christopher Dede, Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  The talk will take place on November 8, 2007 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the William Pitt Union’s Assembly Room.  The free public lecture is entitled “21st Century Skills, Education, and Economic Development for Global, Knowledge-based Workplaces.”  In addition, Dr. Dede will participate in a free graduate student seminar on “"Augmented Realities via Handheld Devices: Sifting Knowledge through Our Fingertips," to be held on Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 am at the SIS building, 135 North Bellefield Avenue.  On Friday, November 9, Dr. Dede will lead an informal campus-wide meeting at SIS with proponents of online education on "How Virtual Interactions Deepen Learning for Real Students."

The 2007 Sara Fine lecture on November 8 will examine how advanced information and communications technologies are creating a “flat” world in which creative knowledge generation is the key resource, reshaping economic development strategies and educational approaches. This talk describes key 21st-century skills that education must foster, as well as strategies by which students and universities can implement these skills.
Dr. Dede has been the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education since 2000.  His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes a grant from the National Science Foundation to aid middle school students learning science via shared virtual environments and a Star Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help high school students with math and literacy skills using wireless mobile devices to create augmented reality simulations. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the School of Information Sciences, Sara Fine Institute, Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education, Learning and Research Development Center, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Law, Katz Graduate School of Business, and Panopto.com.