Learning in college needs a facelift!
“This class is so boring”…
... a sentiment I hear repeatedly from the students I work with as an academic advisor. As a former teacher and current Ph.D. student in Curriculum & Instruction, as well, I am passionate about finding ways for higher education curriculum and instructional methods to best fit our technologically-engaged students of the time, hopefully making learning fun and worthwhile for them and for our evolving social needs. To do this, I would like to learn more about what is being called “digital pedagogy” — something that has the potential to revitalize higher education. My Ph.D. dissertation is likely to be about something related to this topic area.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting the 2015 Digital Pedagogy Lab (see here for more info: http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/), and I would like to attend to be able to meet with and learn from others who are working in this cutting-edge area of education. Unfortunately the discounted student rate of $400 for this Lab/conference is still too much for my tight graduate student budget (I only make about $15K a year as an academic advisor, and have over $120K in student loans from having to pay my own way through all of my higher education). I applied for a scholarship to the DPL, but unfortunately was not one of the lucky applicants selected to receive one of the very few scholarships available. So as of this moment, I cannot afford to attend. Please help me attend this conference to connect with others and begin making some big waves in how education is conducted at the college level. An advanced thank you to all of my supporters — big and small! I truly appreciate anyone who is willing and able to help.