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Lecture -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018,

  • Location: Furman 114

What technology will change human society as much in the next twenty-five years as computers and the internet have over the last twenty-five years? In his presentation, Dr. Van Schaack will provide his answer to this question (as well as a few other contenders) and describe both the intended, desirable, immediate consequences of this technology as well as the unintended, undesirable, and delayed consequences.

Dr. Andy Van Schaack is a Professor at Vanderbilt University with appointments in the Peabody College of Education and the School of Engineering. He teaches courses in social science research methods, organizational psychology, judgment and decision-making, and technology forecasting. His research focuses on technologies that make teaching and learning more effective, efficient, and accessible. Andy’s professional experience bridges the worlds of high technology and academia. Early in his professional career, he served as Technical Support Engineer and Higher Education Sales Manager for Apple Computer in Cupertino, California and Tokyo, Japan. While in graduate school he worked as a Licensing Associate for the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization where he was responsible for the protection, development, and commercialization of faculty inventions and creative works. Andy has founded several education-related companies including Cerego, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan and Livescribe, Inc. of Oakland, California. As Chief Scientist and Senior Science Advisor, respectively, he has earned more than a dozen patents for inventions related to adaptive learning systems and digital pens technologies. Dr. Van Schaack holds a bachelor’s degree in instructional psychology and doctorate in instructional technology from Utah State University. He was recently appointed Associate Dean for Online Programs at Peabody College and he was the 2017 recipient of the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Vanderbilt University's Teacher of the Year award).