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“Cloud Computing and Dumb Terminals Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching and Learning in the Post-digital Age”

Communication is the center of passing along information and in turn learning. It therefore begs the question, how does digital communication (cloud computing, social networks, smartphones…etc.) impact teaching and learning? This break out session will begin with a multimedia presentation by C. J. Yeh, Professor of Communication Design, and follow by a panel discussion lead by Erik Kneubuehl, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students. Other panelists include Christine Helm, Coordinator of Enterprise Center, and Margaux Le Pierres, junior student in the Advertising Design program at FIT. This panel discussion is aiming to provide a 360-degree perspective on the topic of opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in the post-digital age.



Erik Kneubuehl is currently the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. With a current student enrollment of over 10,000 he is responsible for overseeing all student affairs functions such as; Student Life, Counseling, Residential Life, Health Services, Athletics and Recreation, Educational Opportunity Programs, Student Conduct, and Disability Services. Previously, Mr. Kneubuehl served as the Dean of Students, the chief student affairs officer, at SUNY Maritime College and served as executive director of the National Institute for Leadership and Ethics.

Chin-juz (C. J.) Yeh is an artist, educator, and published author. He has lectured and exhibited his creative work internationally, including USA, Italy, Taiwan, and Canada. Yeh has published six books up to date. His first book, Art in the Digital Age, was published in 2003 by Art and Collection, the publishing house of Taiwan. His latest book, The Principles of Interaction Design, was released by Artists Publishing in December, 2010. He is currently teaching full-time at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and part-time at Pratt Institute in New York City. Yeh was awarded the FIT Excellence Award, Adobe Educators' Choice Awards, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

Christine Helm is coordinator of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Center where she develops credit and non-credit programs for creative entrepreneurs and those who need to update their software repertoire. Social media, web analytics and SEO have become important to both groups. In both credit and non-credit programs she has created online learning opportunities—online 15-week credit courses, 4-week non-credit courses, 2-hour webinars and for a new program for emerging fashion talent, Design Entrepreneurs NYC, an extended online independent study. She earned an M.A. in Anthropology and Education and M.Ed. in Applied Anthropology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Margaux Le Pierres is the recipient of the 2011 Time-based Design Scholarship. She is a junior student in Advertising Design with strong interests in market researching, design process, and social media studies. She is an active leader of the Media Design Club at FIT. Her motion infographic project, Digital Junkie, was recently featured in the Death to Pie Charts exhibition at the Museum at FIT

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