Robert Steiner Keynote

Institutions in Transition:
Research, Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

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Presentation description

This presentation will explore the recurring and intertwined themes in higher education of access, innovation and sustainability – particularly with respect to developments of educational technologies.

New demographic realities and continued increases in the costs of higher education are limiting the academic and career aspirations of students, while also causing many to question the value provided by traditional institutions.

At the same time, the Internet has resulted in unprecedented access to educational experiences of every seeming variety – from text-based discussions to interactive simulations to collaborative projects across continents to free online courses with tens of thousands of students per course.

These experiences utilize multimedia, discourse and user-generated content and may be designed and developed by universities, museums, individuals, venture capital start-ups and many others.

These developments give rise to many issues, opportunities and challenges for higher education. Steiner will highlight some of the most compelling developments in this realm. Although the perspective will be primarily through the lens of science education, the overarching themes will be of broad interest to higher education faculty.

About the keynote presenter

Robert V. Steiner, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History

Robert V. Steiner
Dr. Robert Steiner directs online teacher education at the American Museum of Natural History, including its signature Seminars on Science program. His focus is on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, effective, and accessible online and blended programs. Through robust partnerships with higher education and other entities, the Museum’s online and blended programs have provided cutting-edge science to over 8,000 teachers over the past twelve years. Prior to his work at the Museum, Dr. Steiner led the development of the first graduate online courses at Columbia Teachers College. He has published and presented widely at both the national and international level.

Dr. Steiner also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Physics at Queens College and in the Program in Science Education at Teachers College. He is passionate about the purposeful use of educational technologies in classrooms and teaching laboratories and is also the co-author of Mathematics for Physics Students.  During the past year, he has served as the Chair of the Committee on Educational Technologies of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has also served as a member of the selection committee for the American Physical Society’s Excellence in Physics Education Award.. He has a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics from Yale University and has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications.