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"Knowledge" is easy; "learning" is hard

05/19/2009

Will file sharing, easy downloads, and a universe of experts all posting on Wikipedia make universities irrelevant within 15 years? 

Yes, says David Wiley.  Information will be free, and that means universities will have to radically restructure to accommodate that … or else face irrelevance. 

Wiley, a leader in the “open content” movement and professor of psychology and instructional technology at Brigham Young University, made that prediction recently in the wake of student bodies more inclined to download than watch TV … and universities putting more and more class lectures online.

Between Facebook, Google, file sharing, YouTube, and universities putting lectures online, Wiley says, all universities have to offer paying students is a credential – and at some point that will be provided by other means, too.

Or will it?  Eric Fox, Saybrook’s Dean of Instruction, says that he had a great time reading the article about Wiley’s prediction – but doesn’t think the future will pan out just that way.

That, Fox says, is because having “access” to information isn’t the same as “learning.”

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Saybrook to co-sponsor Existential Humanistic Institute's annual conference

05/19/2009

Saybrook is proud to announce that it is co-sponsoring the annual conference of the Existential Humanistic Institute, which will be held November 19-21st, at First Universalist Unitarian Church and Center in San Francisco.

The topic of the conference will be “From Crisis to Creativity: Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains.”

“The theme of our conference reflects the paradoxical nature of life and our times,” says EHI Vice-President and Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider.  “In order to change and grow, a familiar way of being must end, so that a new way of being can develop. Letting go can be a terrifying process, filled with anxiety and confusion. But if we find the courage to let go and begin a new journey, down a new path, the possibilities of unexpected gains will be revealed.”

The roster of presenters is now being finalized, and there will be many significant names in the Existential-Humanistic therapy participating. 

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Alumnus David Sortino Writes about Creating Himself

05/18/2009
click here to read David's Story

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Saybrook Symposiums at the 2009 APA Convention-Toronto

05/18/2009
***************************************************************************************************************** APA POSTS WILL STAY AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG UNTIL THE END OF THE APA CONVENTION, AUGUST 9, NEWLY ADDED SYMPOSIUM LISTINGS ARE TOWARD THE END...

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Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. '05 Receives Multiple Awards and Honors

05/16/2009
Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. has received multiple awards and honors since her graduation in 2005. As Stan Krippner stated, since leaving Saybrook, Rivka's career in psychology has taken off. 2009 PSI CHI, Fordham University Chapter. For advancing members’ knowledge and excellence in all fields, including psychology. 2008 Fellow. American Psychological Association – Division of Group...

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Annual Alumni-Sponsored Saybrook Dinner at the APA Convention

05/15/2009
http://www.joebadalis.com/Saturday, August 8, 6:00 PM, at Joe Badali's in Toronto http://www.joebadalis.com/ One block from the Convention Center. See the Dinner Menu. Saybrook will have a private or semi-private room. RSVP to saybrookalumniassociation@saybrook.edu or 415-394-5968 Alumni and Faculty APA Presenters, please keep the Alumni Association informed...

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From Zen to Mother Teresa: 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation

05/15/2009
From Zen to Mother Teresa: Community Service as Spiritual Practice Invitation to the 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation: The 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation: From Zen to Mother Teresa

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Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to Serve as a Mind-Body Specialist for the US Olympic Education Center

05/11/2009
Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to serve as a mind-body specialist for the Olympic Weightlifting, Speedskating, and Women’s Freestyle Wrestling teams at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) in Marquette, Michigan. The USOEC is the only Olympic training center in the country that enables their athletes to earn a college education en route of the pursuit of their Olympic...

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Alumna Cheryl Faulkner Cook, MA '92, PhD '95 Passes in Auto Accident

05/11/2009
Alumna Cheryl Faulkner Cook, MA '92, PhD '95 Passes in Auto Accident From Cheryl's husband, Thomas Cook: Dear Saybrook Alumni, I regret to inform you that my wife Cheryl was killed in a car accident on Dec. 8th 2006, in NH. It was a single car accident due to black ice on the highway. We had just had dinner at a local restaurant and were going to our NH home. I was following her in my truck...

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Turns out watching YouTube at work is NOT goofing off!

05/05/2009

Do you ever worry that maybe you spend too much time updating your Facebook status at work? 

Don’t.  An Australian study suggests that, in fact, your office should be encouraging it.
 
According to the research out of the University of Melbourne, people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are nine percent more productive.

According to Wired Magazine, “’workplace Internet leisure browsing,’ or WILB, helped to sharpen workers' concentration,” so long as it took up less than 20% of their time at the office.”

Wow – who knew YouTube could be a productivity tool?

“This made me smile,” says Nina Serpiello, a PhD student in Saybrook’s Organizational Systems program and a human factors research designer at IDEO.  “A traditional company might not encourage goofing off without having a business reason for it, like cultivating creativity for innovation. If a company is interested in empowering employees to offer ideas to outsmart the competition, then it also should promote activities that stimulate creative thinking.”

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