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Posted on September 28, 2012

To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friends
From: Acting President Geraldine Jones 

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sugata Mitra will be returning to Cal U next month.

A professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, Dr. Mitra is recognized around the world for research projects that explore the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

As you may recall, he discussed his ideas about “minimally invasive learning” at Mission Day sessions last year. He also described his groundbreaking “hole in the wall” experiments and commented on our own Cal U Fusion technology initiative.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Dr. Mitra will share his knowledge and global perspective with our campus community once again. We expect to discuss in greater depth the various ways that technology is reshaping education.

Dr. Joseph Zisk, of the Cal U Teaching & Learning Center, will organize a series of conversations with Dr. Mitra throughout the day. In those sessions, the dean for each of our Colleges will join faculty members and students in a dialogue about areas of particular interest.

In addition, we have asked Dr. Mitra to address the entire campus community at 7 p.m. in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. The public is welcome to attend, and we will extend a special invitation to K-12 teachers in the region.

In keeping with Dr. Mitra’s message, we anticipate streaming his lecture online, and we hope to arrange an interactive videoconference with a local school district, as well.

Please save the date and plan to participate in this exciting opportunity. Details about Dr. Mitra’s visit are still being finalized, but I am certain it will spark discussion and give us all fresh insights into the future of teaching and learning.

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

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