This podcast is a recording of Michael Wesch’s keynote presentation at the Heartland eLearning Conference in Edmond, Oklahoma, on March 8, 2011. This was a superb and provocative presentation about teaching, learning, lecturing, engagement, student interests, meaning, identity, recognition, and many other issues. In his keynote he suggested we need to move from simply getting our students to be “knowledgeable” to being “knowledge-ABLE.” This is a shift from students being good knowledge regurgitators to saavy knowledge filters, sharers and creators. He suggests we need to go “beyond critical thinking” and “beyond information literacy” in our classes today to successfully prepare students for our present and future. In the keynote he also shared stories from his doctoral research in New Guinea and what true culture shock is: a total loss of personal identity. Dr. Wesch is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, and has co-created several viral videos on YouTube with his undergraduate students. Refer to the podcast shownotes for related links to this presentation. (Note added 24 Oct: Initially this podcast was cut off at the 40:20 mark, I’ve re-exported the full version and it is now complete / not cut off. If you downloaded previously, please delete your old version and re-download. Sorry for this mistake!)

Show Notes:

  1. Digital Ethnography @ Kansas State University (blog of Michael Wesch)
  2. Mike Wesch on Twitter: @mwesch
  3. Michael Wesch’s YouTube Channel
  4. From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments” by Michael Wesch: Academic Commons, Jan 2009
  5. Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa (Kindle edition)
  6. Generation Me” by Jean M. Twenge (Kindle edition)
  7. My text notes from Michael Wesch’s Heartland Learning 2011 keynote
  8. Michael Wesch’s BLC 2010 Keynote podcasted by Bob Sprankle
  9. Heartland eLearning Conference 2012 in Edmond, Oklahoma hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma: March 5 & 6, 2012
  10. Tech or Treat: Playing with Media (on the Fuel for Educational Change Agents Podcast Channel)

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