Disruption, Digital Literacy, and Learning Platforms

Covid-19 forced remote instruction and learning globally on April 13th, 2020- nearly the entire world had nation-wide school closures on this day. The opportunities and limits of technological platforms rushed through educational landscapes, communities, and households. Students and educators were forced to confront their abilities to find, use, and create information online. Pedagogical approaches were forced into the 21st century but significant challenges of quality and access were laid raw for all to see and feel as students struggled with access to devised, internet connectivity, and bandwidth. And institutions of higher learning struggled to ensure their learning management systems were up to the task. This session will review digital literacy challenges and opportunities in the covid-19 induced remote instruction.

Nancy W. Gleason, PhD is the inaugural Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. In her role she guides faculty in the pedagogy of liberal arts education which transfers interdisciplinary competencies for a digital economy, such as critical thinking and creativity. She teaches a signature course, Industrial Revolutions and the Future of Work in the University’s unique Core Curriculum. Previously, Dr. Gleason directed the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Her research has focused on climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impacts for higher education, workforce training, and the future of work. She has published and consulted widely in these areas and is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018). She is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave March 2020). She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from George Washington University.