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‘Teaching Naked’ author to open CTL’s National Speaker Series

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José Bowen

José Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning and dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, will kick off the Center for Teaching and Learning’s National Speaker Series Sept. 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Bowen will be speaking on the topic of his book.

Teaching Naked explains Bowen’s pedagogy that technology is used most powerfully outside of the classroom as a way to increase nontechnological interaction with students in the classroom.

The book offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with mobile and Web technology, and then restructure class meetings into active learning environments where students will have a reason to attend. The aim is to connect recent research to practical questions with the larger administrative challenges. Teaching Naked provides a strategy for using new technologies to keep courses, curriculum and campuses focused on more analysis of content and more contextualized learning.

“Flipping the classroom is a pedagogical topic of exceptional interest at the moment,” said Eddie Watson, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. ” José Bowen is an extraordinary presenter with an inspired ‘flipped’ model that has broad applicability in higher education.”

Bowen also will be conducting a workshop, “Flipping 101: Easy Tech for Better Prep and Rethinking Class Time,” Sept. 11 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the CTL’s Thomas Reading Room in the Instructional Plaza.

Bowen has taught at Stanford University, Miami University and Georgetown University, written more than 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting and appeared as a musician in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S. with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin and others. He has written a symphony that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, music for Hubert Laws and Jerry Garcia and music for his latest CD, Uncrowded Night.

In addition to Teaching Naked, Bowen is an editor for Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology. He is currently on the boards of the Journal for the Society for American Music, Jazz Research Journal and the Library of Congress. He also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England.

Other presenters in the National Speaker Series are Krista Terry and Plyllis Blumberg. A faculty member at Appalachian State University, Terry will discuss trends and challenges of emerging technologies on Oct. 8. Blumberg, professor of psychology at the University of the Sciences, will discuss maximizing learning-centered pedagogy on Nov. 11.