UF Interface

Spring 2013: Interface

The Spring 2013 Session ran on April 25th and was a great success according to participants. Nearly 200 people participated, including online participants from Boise state (Idaho), Florida international University, Maryville (Missouri), Indiana (do you really need the state?), and Texas Tech (likewise).

Thanks to Curtis Bonk, our keynote speaker, and to all the presenters who made this session such a valuable sharing, learning, and networking experience! Likewise, thanks to the Office of Academic Technology, The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the UF Libraries for their continued support for Interface.


Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 8AM - 4:30PM
Location: Smathers Library (East) 1A (map)

THEME: Learning On-And Off-line: "Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing."

Teaching and learning are complex processes that defy simple description and characterization. From the origins of formal education in the streets of Athens to the present, civilizations around the world have looked for better ways to educate. America today continues that long struggle in response to an increasingly diverse society, changing economic structures, and the frenetic pace of technological change. In this context, calls for "blended learning" encourage us to think productively about how to leverage both face-to-face and online tools for improved educational experiences.

To teach, we must be masters of content and structure, establishing an appropriate scope and sequence for students to experience or "Read" the content, as well as be cognizant of how to set standards for learning and how to appropriately assess and evaluate learning through activities "Reflecting" upon the content. New technologies, in particular, enable new ways for us to "Display" important content and concepts for students through maps, animations, timelines, and the like. To be successful instructors, we must also be able to engage students in hands-on "Doing" activities to apply their emerging knowledge on a topic. In this process, we must carefully consider the nature of the content that we are teaching, as well as the dynamics of both individual learning practices and the "blended" classroom to make appropriate decisions about instructional assignments and activities.

We invite you to join us in exploring and examining pedagogy, the science of teaching, and the teaching practice itself in blended learning environments as they relate to "reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing" in our disciplines.

Current Sponsors for the Spring 2013 Program:

Keynote Speaker

Curt Bonk

Curtis Bonk, Ph.D.

"Curtis Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University, internationally recognized speaker on online teaching, learning, and technology, and author of, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education; The Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs; A Special Passage through Asia E-Learning; and the widely used, Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading , Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing; as well as more than 275 articles on a wide variety of research areas and interests."