Session 1: Social and Cognitive Implications of “Flipping the Classroom”

Lecturer: Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli 
Date:  February 13, 2017 
In response to technological affordances and changing expectations, learning is evolving a new ecology. In the background are demographic upheavals: more people are seeking education and studying at more diverse stages in life. The life cycle of learning is shifting, literacy is more widespread, and curiosity (vis-à-vis work and leisure) is much wider. In addition, computers and networks are allowing an increasing and a richer delivery of educational content and processes. The “Flipped Classroom” and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are proliferating everywhere. At the same time, however, critiques of the widespread application of some technologies are being voiced as well. Does technology-based delivery of learning suffer from superficiality, high drop-out rates, too much solitude and isolation? Where and how do social networks and new ways of connecting and forming communities interact with the new ways of teaching and learning?
Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli ​
Prof. Rafaeli (B.A., Haifa University; M.A., Ohio State University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University) is Director of the Sagy Center for Internet Research (InfoSoc, the Center for the Study of the Information Society) and Head of the Graduate School of Management, University of Haifa, Israel. He also leads “Games for Executives” Project.
Prof. Rafaeli is a long-time member of the Stockholm International Challenge Jury for Information Systems Projects. He has served in visiting research and teaching positions at Ohio State University, Michigan State University, IBM, Stanford University, the Technion, Israeli College of Management, and the University of Michigan. His current interests include Electronic Business, Information Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks Analysis, and Online Games, Simulation, and Serious Games. Over the past 25 years, he has taught courses on computers as media and the social implications of new communication technologies as well as numerous Information Systems courses.​​