Thursday, September 26, 2013

Open rank education and media/tech position at Teachers College, New York City

Lalitha Vasudevan has just sent round a call for applications for a position within the Program in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education at Teachers College (Columbia University, New York City).

I've included her contact details at the end of this post, so get in touch directly with Lalitha if you'd like to know more.


Open Rank, Communications, Computing, Technology and Education

Teachers College, Columbia University
Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Program in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education

Position: Open rank professor with expertise in one of
two areas related to teaching and learning environments: mobile
technologies and educational games, or media, education, and design.

We seek a colleague to join our interdisciplinary faculty, whose
research program will advance theory about the role of media and
technologies such as video and related media, video games, and other
virtual and immersive digital environments across a variety of
learning contexts, within and beyond schools. Teaching experience at
the College and/or preK-12 levels is preferred. The ability to teach
object-oriented programming is desirable.

Program Information:  We prepare students for research and leadership
positions incorporating innovative uses of information and
communication technologies across all content areas within education,
including literacy, science, mathematics, social studies, and
teachereducation. Students explore a variety of socio-cultural
perspectives and cognitive sciences to study how applications of
advanced digital technologies and new media act as powerful forces
that engender, for example, new forms of communication, changes in the
nature of learning, and the construction of new real and virtual sites
of education; they are prepared to pursue creative solutions to
established problems through the engagement and development of various
theoretical, pedagogical, and design paradigms inherent in the broad
social, cultural, and learning sciences perspectives that are embedded
within the program.

Responsibilities: Teach graduate courses in areas related to one or
more of: technology and media, video/educational game design, mobile
technologies, basic object-oriented programming, data visualization.
Maintain an active program of research and scholarship; Advise and
mentor doctoral and master's students; Participate actively and
collegially in departmental activities.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline.
Demonstrated or clear potential for ongoing research, scholarship,
teaching, and acquisition of external funding.

Rank: Open Rank Professor, Tenure Track.

Submit Electronically: Letter of application addressing the perceived
fit for this position, research and teaching expertise, and projected
research trajectory; Curriculum vitae; Three recent publications or
other examples of scholarly writing; Three letters of reference to
Professor Lalitha Vasudevan, Search Committee Chair, c/o Chaney Matos
at Please include the subject line: CCTE Faculty Search.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013 and continue
until the position is filled. Appointment begins fall semester, 2014.

Teachers College as an institution is committed to a policy of equal
opportunity in employment. In offering education, psychology, and
health studies, the College is committed to providing expanding
employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with
disabilities in its own activities and in society.

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Link to the position description:

Link to the CCTE Program:

Lalitha Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program
Teachers College, Columbia University

phone: 212-678-6660

Friday, September 20, 2013

Another new book in our series: Ola Ertsad's "Digtial Learning Lives"

Congratulations to Ola on his new book, Digital Learning Lives: Trajectories, Literacies and Schooling!

From the back cover:

Today’s world is in turmoil. Economic crises are bringing countries to the brink of ruin, and old models are being questioned. The same sense of crisis also exists in contemporary education, and there is a need to explore new educational models. Digital Learning Lives: Trajectories, Literacies, and Schooling is a contribution in this direction. This book explores the importance of the adoption of digital technologies by contemporary education systems. Partly a synthesis of findings from projects carried out in Norway by the author over the past 15 years, the data have been extended to raise key questions about the effectiveness of current education strategies for the Facebook and YouTube generation. Along the way, a promising approach for future developments in education is introduced that embraces the engagement of digital media -- what Ola Erstad terms ‘learning lives’. Use of digital media in schools and in everyday culture becomes the catalyst for exploring learning as life-deep (studying identity processes), life-wide (studying learners across contexts), and life-long (studying learning as trajectories and timescales). The book is targeted toward courses on digital learning, educational change, school development, and formal-informal learning.
Contents include:

1. Learning lives and technologies
2. "Opportunity knocks": epistemic agency of a digital generation
3. In the mix
4. Digital competencies, media literacies and school practices
5. Learning environments for knowledge creation
6. Learners in motion
7. Blending the boundaries
8. Expending conceptions of school
9. New life to learning

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