HAYS, Kan. -- As part of the Red Balloon Project speaker
series, Dr. Jose Bowen, dean of the Meadows College of Arts at Southern
Methodist University, University Park, Texas, will visit Fort Hays State
University on Thursday, Nov. 1, to share thoughts about teaching effectively in
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities
launched its Red Balloon Project to challenge American higher education
institutions to "re-imagine undergraduate education." Colleges and
universities, first designed in the 11th century and operating on the agrarian
calendar of the 19th century, have to prepare students for life and work in the
Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford University. He has a
joint doctorate degree in musicology and humanities, a Bachelor of Science in
chemistry, a Master of Arts in music composition and a Master of Arts in
He has written more than 100 scholarly articles for many
journals including the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of Musicological
Research and Performance Practice Review, among others.
His book, "Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of
Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning" shows how technology
is most powerfully used outside the classroom and, when used effectively, how
it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful
interaction with faculty.
Bowen will present three workshops at FHSU.
He will present a workshop in the Trails Room of the Memorial
Union at 11 a.m. The focus of "Teaching Naked: Motivating and Supporting
Change in Faculty" is to introduce deans and chairs to the idea that
"Teaching Naked" is not an anti-technology approach, but technology
is a tool that is only as good as the larger content into which it is fitted. Bowen
will motivate faculty to redesign courses with clear learning outcomes,
assessment and serious thinking about motivation and environment.
Bowen will present a workshop titled "Teaching Naked:
Technology and E-Communication for Student Engagement" at a luncheon
beginning at noon in Stouffer Lounge in the Memorial Union. He will discuss his
belief that face-to-face interaction between faculty and students remains the
most precious teaching technique, so the most important benefits to technology
occur outside the classroom.
"Reassembling the Pieces: New Activities and New Course
Designs" will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Faculty members will have the
opportunity to discuss the question, "If technology can give us more
classroom time, how can we design experiences that will maximize change in our