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Special education department will host lectures on digital learning

Thursday, March 24, 2016

LAWRENCE — The Department of Special Education will highlight the digital revolution in learning and its effects on access, opportunities to learn and participation in global networks for its 2016 Edward L. Meyen Distinguished Lecture Series. 

“Without Limits: Digital Learning Dilemmas and Opportunities” will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Hancock Room of the Oread Hotel. The event is free and open to the public. 

Featured speakers include Professor David Gibson, Curtin University (Perth, Australia); David Rose, a developmental neuropsychologist and educator who founded CAST in Boston, and Professor Kimberly Scott, women and gender studies department at Arizona State University. 

“The Meyen Lecture is always thought-provoking,” said Elizabeth Kozleski, chair of the Department of Special Education. “We invite students, community members, faculty, staff and our colleagues in PK-12 schools to join us.”

The three internationally recognized speakers will present and respond to questions from the audience on the following topics:

  • Applications of big data to personalize learning
  • Innovative uses of modern multimedia technology to assist and support learning for all students
  • Supporting young women of color in careers in science and technology.

The Edward L. Meyen Distinguished Lecture Series addresses cutting-edge issues that affect people with disabilities, including education, families, research, instructional resources and disabilities. Endowed by Stan Love of the Love Publishing Company, this lecture series honors the enduring legacy of Professor Edward Meyen, who provided leadership for learning and innovation throughout his career at KU.

More information on the series and free livestream access is available online.

The Department of Special Education was recently recognized as the No. 1 special education program by U.S. News and World Report and is housed in the KU School of Education. The KU School of Education is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators as leaders.

10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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