CTL kicks off National Speaker Series with José Bowen

Jose 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 be kicking off the Center for Teaching and Learning’s National Speakers Series this fall on Sept. 11 from-1-2:30pm in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Bowen will be speaking on the topic of his book.

Bowen’s Teaching Naked explains his pedagogy that technology is most powerfully used outside of the classroom as a way to increase non-technological 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.  Jose Bowen is an extraordinary presenter with an inspired "flipped" model that has broad applicability in higher education," CTL Director Eddie Watson said.

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

Bowen has taught at Stanford, Miami and Georgetown, 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 US 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, he 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, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England. For more information on Bowen or Teaching Naked visit http://teachingnaked.com

The CTL National Speaker Series also will host Krista Terry on Oct. 8, speaking on the trends and challenges of emerging technologies, and Phyllis Blumberg on Nov. 14, who will discuss maximizing learning-centered pedagogy.  http://www.ctl.uga.edu