The second day will attempt cross-sectional reorientation, by examining universities' emerging responsibilities as ‘horizontal' themes, especially as they intersect with future challenges described in the first day's ‘vertical' tracks. The day will begin with interactive breakout sessions exploring each of the priority areas (or verticals) covered the previous day. The balance of the day would concentrate on “the Civic Role of Universities” (Universities as Civic Actors or Institutions), “Educating Students” (Universities as Platforms for Learning), and Research (Universities as Knowledge Creators). These plenary sessions will serve to contextualize the tracks within broader institutional roles, offering provocations and driving us toward innovative and holistic responses.
Tuesday, June 29th
2:15p.m. Plenary: Universities as Platforms for Learning
For centuries, college student were educated by listening to their professor read aloud selected books taken from the university library ("lesson" comes, in fact, from "lectio", Latin for "reading session"). Gutenberg changed that by making books cheaper and therefore more amenable to individual ownership and private reading, but the typical university lesson ended up not changing much anyway. Thanks to technology, we are now experiencing, at least potentially, a Renaissance of learning methods: from ebooks to podcasts, from virtual worlds classrooms to streaming, from computer-assisted learning to videogames, the avenues of learning have increased dramatically. Are we heading towards purely technology-mediated learning strategies? Is the old Socratic professor-student direct approach completely obsolete? Doesn't the wider spectrum of approaches offer the opportunity to educate those students who have always been uncomfortable with the traditional approach? What about the impact on lifelong learning? This session will explore how the future of learning in the age of the Net will look like.
Catharina Maracke, Keio University, Japan
Marco De Rossi, Oilproject.org
Carlo Fabricatore, Initium Studios & University of Worcester
Delia Browne, Peer-2-Peer University
Stephan Vincent-Lancrin, OECD
Session Leader: Jean Claude Guedon, University of Montreal
4:00p.m. High Order Bit
Joi Ito, Creative Commons
4:15p.m. Plenary: Universities as Knowledge Creators
This session will seek to address questions around trends towards commercialization of knowledge at universities and knowledge institutions, and the impact those trends have on knowledge generation. Additionally, the discussion will address the tension between the growing specialization of research activities and the aspiration towards increased interdisciplinarity.
Carlo Olmo, Politecnico di Torino
Phillippe Aigrain, Sopinspace
Janneke Adema, Coventry University
Mary Lee Kennedy, Harvard Business School
Session Leader: Terry Fisher, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
5:30p.m. In search of the public domain
Since late 2007 COMMUNIA, the European thematic network on the digital public domain (http://communia-project.eu), a project funded by the European Union, has been bringing together key stakeholders throughout the Continent (and beyond) to explore and highlight the role of the public domain in our economy, culture and society. Engineers, economists, librarians, activists, law professors, sociologists, policy makers and many others have met approximately every three months in different parts of Europe to collectively produce an impressive amount of knowledge, case studies and facts about the digital public domain, most of it freely available online. Now a few key players are ready to share their experience and hindsight, offering both a summary of the main results of the project and a well articulated vision of how a healthy public domain - healthy also due to the contribution of universities - could tangibly enrich our lives.
Lucie Guibault, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
Patrick Peiffer, Luxcommons
Jonathan Gray, Open Knowledge Foundation
Sirin Tekinay, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Ignasi Labastida, University of Barcelona
Philippe Aigrain, Sopinspace
Paolo Lanteri, WIPO