Keynote Presentation

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning

Higher education is rapidly changing due to advances in technology. But what does this new technology mean for our face-to-face interactions with students? How can we utilize technology to enhance students’ learning and prepare them for more challenging in-class experiences that deepen their knowledge through problem solving, critical thinking, and reflection?

Join Dr. José Antonio Bowen as he explains the principles and value of “teaching naked.” Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (“naked”) interaction between faculty and students. Technology has fundamentally changed our relationship to knowledge and this increases the value of critical thinking, but we need to redesign our courses to deliver this value. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but they need better ways to interact with material before every class. By using online quizzes and games, rethinking our assignments and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek.

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About José Antonio Bowen

José Antonio Bowen Keynote Speaker

José Antonio Bowen is President of Goucher College. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982 as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to America in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University where he created and directed the Program (now Department) in Performing Arts. He was Dean of Fine Arts at Miami University, before moving to SMU in Dallas in 2006 to become Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair for eight years (ending with a No. 1 ranking for the School of Music in USA Today in 2014).

He has written over 100 scholarly articles for the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Society for American Music, The Journal of Musicological Research, Performance Practice Review, 19th-century Music, Notes, Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of the Royal Musical Associations, Studi Musicali, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in books from Oxford and Princeton university presses. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship. He contributed to Discover Jazz (Pearson, 2011) and is an editor (along with David Baker, Dan Morgenstern, John Hasse, and Alyn Shipton) of the six-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011). He has a TED talk on Beethoven as Bill Gates. Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The book won the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, due 2015), a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using the latest research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era. He has been honored by students and colleagues for his teaching at SMU, Miami and Georgetown and he received a Stanford Centennial Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1990. He is currently serving on the Digital Working Group of the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U;) General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) program. For teaching ideas, see his blog at, follow him on Twitter @josebowen, or watch his Teaching Naked TED talk.

Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford University: a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, a Master of Arts in music composition, a Master of Arts in humanities and a joint Ph.D. in musicology and humanities. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010.

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