Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


The Minecraft Generation and the Future of Global Learning

Thursday, June 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: CCC, 402

The immensely popular video game Minecraft allows young people to create and control their own worlds. What will global learning mean for this generation when they arrive to our campuses? The pedagogical opportunities and limitations presented by emerging technologies and what this means for the future of global learning will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

Douglas Palmer

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Walsh University
North Canton, Ohio

Douglas Palmer, PhD, is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Prior to his current appointment, Palmer served as the Associate Dean for Academic Innovation, the Executive Director of Global Learning and chair of the Division of Humanities. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Law and Religion at Emory University, and in 2001-2002, he was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands.


Lori Reynolds

Director of Graduate and International Programs and Lecturer of Law
Peking University, School of Transnational Law (Shenzhen, China)
Denver, Colorado

Lori Reynolds is the Director of Graduate and International Programs and Lecturer of Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law. She directs the LL.M. program and teaches a course on intercultural competence for lawyers. She also serves as an intercultural consultant developing intercultural programs for universities and organizations. Previously, she worked for American University and the Institute of International Education. While at American University, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses on cultural issues in the classroom. Additionally, she has taught in Hungary and Slovakia. Lori has served in volunteer leadership positions for NAFSA, and regularly presents at conferences. She has a BA in English and Political Science from Duke University, a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, and a TESOL graduate certificate from American University.


Sonja Knutson

Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada

Sonja Knutson is the Director of the Internationalization Office of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is responsible for implementing the Strategic Internationalization Plan for Memorial's four campuses. She holds a B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Concordia University (1999) and an M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Education from Memorial University (2001). Sonja is a frequent presenter at international education conferences and active in both the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and NAFSA.

Nadia Paola Mireles Torres

Senior International Officer
University of Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Nadia Paola Mireles Torres is the Senior International Officer at the Universidad de Guadalajara since 2013. She received a double master's degree in E-learning from the Universdad de Guadalajara, México, and the Open University of Catalonia, Spain, and is enrolled at an Online Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Calgary, Canada.
Over the past two years, she has been leading the comprehensive internationalization strategy at the University, especially through the diversification of the mobility programs for students and scholars that currently includes short term trainings, English summer courses and Spanish immersion programs.
During her leadership, the university has been two-time winner of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas and also is has developed a new online platform lead to a significant improvement of the international admissions process.
She also collaborated at the University in the establishment of self-learning centers through the use of innovative technologies contributing to the development of self-study programs in foreign languages.
Previously, she worked as E-Learning and Instructional Designer Consultant at the Knowledge and Learning Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C.
She won the third prize of the Department of Education in America of the contest "Why open education matters?" with her video: "Why is it important to share knowledge" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NH7vLzt9jY
Nadia´s most recent publication is “Higher Education and Global Changes: a reflection on the role of technologies”, IAU Horizons, Vol 20.



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