Beyond the Textbook: Information Futures and Educational Resources @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

11/30/2012 1:00 pm – 11/30/2012 5:30 pm Dear Information Futures Participants, We hope everyone is doing well and made it through our recent storms alright. We would like to invite you to participate in a panel and workshop that Information Futures is sponsoring on the afternoon of Friday, November 30, in collaboration with Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Communication and Technology. The event is called Beyond the Textbook: Information Futures and Educational Resources and it will focus on the transformation of information resources for formal education– including everything from open educational resources and new models for instructional materials, to educational data mining, to crowdsourced and student-driven information sources—and the educational and economic impacts of that transformation. We will begin at 1 p.m. with a panel discussion, open to the public, featuring: David Wiley, father of the open- and reusable learning objects movement; Diana Rhoten, who was recently Senior Vice President for Strategy in the new Education Division at News Corp. and now is Chief Strategy Officer at News Corp’s; Audrey Watters, a freelance writer and blogger who has reported on education and technology for KQED, Inside Higher Education, and ReadWriteWeb and runs the blog Hack Education The panel will be held in the CREATE lab (Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education), 196 Mercer St, 8th Floor. For more information on the public portion, stay tuned to the Info Futures website at Following our panel, we are holding an invitation-only workshop for a small number of NYU scholars, as well as funders interested in educational resources, to consider possibilities for interdisciplinary research directions in the information futures and education space. We will kick off this workshop with short presentations of relevant work by a few NYU faculty and quickly move to hands-on discussions of research and grant possibilities. If you would like to attend the workshop, running from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the 30th, please send a brief statement (a paragraph at the most) to describing your interest in the subject area and any ideas you have for research projects and grant applications.