CS Colloquium (BMAC)


grabell ISTeC Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Computer Science Department and
the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Seminar Series
Robots, Learning, and the Fundamental Pedagogical Nature of Institutional Change

Speaker: Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University

11:00AM ~ 11:50AM, September 11, 2017

Morgan Library Event Hall

Contact: Tim Amidon (

Abstract:There are a number of technologies that have impacted and promise to transform how we learn, construct relationships
with students, and understand how a university meets its educational mission. In this talk, I will lay out an argument that we are at
an important moment as university educators. We are provided with compelling opportunities to provide students with more personalized
learning, better feedback, and improved outcomes. This moment will continue to be shaped deeply by technologies. We will continue
to be invited to see these technologies as magic. We must understand the various technologies involved in learning as pedagogies.
Given that, what sorts of pedagogical choices are we making as educators? What sorts of choices should we make? I will walk through
a couple of examples that illustrate the basic dynamics implied by these questions: Michigan State University’s approach to student
success learning analytics and my own involvement in inventing and commercializing an educational technology. The choices we
make enact how we understand teacher and student work and relationships, issues of equity, and the participatory dynamics of decision

Jeff Grabill a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing. His research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship
and learning, and that work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels.
He is a Senior Fellow with University Outreach & Engagement. At Michigan State, he helped develop and led a new major in Professional
Writing, was a founder of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center (now Writing, Information, and Digital Experience),
and serves as Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Dr. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge Incorporated,
an educational technology company.

In his role as Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Dr. Grabill is responsible for guiding the development of technology-enhanced instruction on campus. He works collaboratively with the chief information officer on issues related to the teaching and learning experience and actively engages with the deans of the Graduate School and undergraduate education on new models related to curriculum development and delivery.