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Cora Cooper to talk music and technology at Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase

K-State’s free Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.¬†Tuesday, March 13, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend. Pre-register at ksushowcase.wordpress.com/registration.

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Cora Cooper, professor in the Department of Music, will be one of the main speakers at the technology showcase March 13.  She will present at 11:30 a.m.

What is the “Women in Music” course that you created for fully online delivery?

The course is a look at music, from medieval times to today, from the viewpoint of women’s contributions. In a traditional survey of western art music you’d get in an “Intro to Music” class, the composers would all be “DWEM’s”– dead white European males. In Women in Music, we focus on the women composers and performers of those periods, and then go on to look at women in world music, jazz, blues, country, rock and roll and popular music today.

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Spotlight: Mindset List about incoming college freshmen (class of 2014)

Most new college students this fall were born in 1992, and they are “a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow,” according to an Aug. 17 news release with Beloit College’s (Wis.) Mindset List for the Class of 2014. These students “will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them. A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship…”

The mindset list, published annually since 1998, aims to “identify the worldview” of 18-year-olds arriving at colleges across the country. Technology observations for this year’s class include: