2014 Spring Book Club Schedule

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 3.56.13 PMBook Title
Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

Beginning on January 31st, the CETL book club will dive into Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus. Shirky begins with the premise that, since World War Two, Americans have had a considerable amount of free time. “What?!” you scream, “I don’t have ANY free time.” Shirky says that you do, or rather you did before watching TV. Most of our free time, our “cognitive surplus,” has been spent consuming — mostly consuming the entertainment offered by television.

This is changing, as new social media technologies offer the opportunity for almost anyone to produce and share media instead of merely consuming it. This reduction of production costs and increase in sharability has empowered the average person, turning them from a consumer into a collaborator. What remains, however, is harnessing this cognitive surplus for civic good instead of mere personal amusement.

The  book is provocative and relevant for higher education. I hope you’ll join the CETL in putting our own Cognitive Surplus to work!

Meeting Times
Fridays, from 2:15pm – 3:15pm

CETL Lab or via Google Hangout

All participants will receive a copy of the book. Each week, the group will meet face-to-face or via Google Hangout to discuss assigned chapters. One participant will serve as a discussion leader by bringing discussion points/topics as well as supplemental materials such as links to videos, articles, or anything that is relevant to discussion (and that relates to the week’s readings). All participants are invited to blog about the readings of the week. In addition, every week a post that shares what was discussed at the meetings will be featured in the CETL Blog.

Book Club Blog

Chapter Titles
1 – Gin, Television, and Cognitive Surplus
2 – Means
3 – Motive
4 – Opportunity
5 – Culture
6 – Personal, Communal, Public, Civic
7 – Looking for the Mouse

Reading Schedule
Day Chapters Leader
January 31st Chapter 1 Nakia Pope
TBD Chapter 2 TBD
TBD Chapter 3 TBD
TBD Chapter 4 TBD
TBD Chapter 5 TBD
TBD Chapter 6 TBD
TBD Chapter 7 TBD
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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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