Are You Ready to Flip?

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Knoy Hall, B019


"Are You Ready to Flip?"
The first presentation in the Transforming Higher Education (THE) Brown Bag series
Organized by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPI), with the Discovery & Learning Research Center (DLRC), the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Technology

Presenter: Dave Goldberg, President of ThreeJoy Associates Inc.

The topic:

Though much has been written about technological innovations in teaching (MOOCs, flipped classrooms, etc.), the human challenges these developments pose for successful professors are less frequently addressed. This talk begins by considering how all these challenges stem from a reduction in information asymmetry and how this reduction challenges the very notion of the faculty member's privileged position as expert. The talk then turns to work in deep faculty development (DFD) pioneered at National University of Singapore (NUS) over the last three years. Since its inception, this approach has spread to the United States through work at iFoundry and Olin College to South America at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and with the aid of Harvard-affiliated LASPAU and to Europe through work at TUDelft and Politecnico Milano. Using an amalgam of results from leadership studies, executive coaching, neuroscience, and mindfulness research, the approach helps faculty members develop deep noticing, listening, questioning (NLQ), and narrative design skills necessary in these fluid and creative times.

The speaker:

Based in Douglas, Michigan, Dave Goldberg is president of ThreeJoy Associates, Inc., a training, consulting, and coaching firm, and co-founder of Big Beacon, a global movement for the transformation of engineering education. Prior to founding ThreeJoy & Big Beacon, Goldberg was the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, he was known for his path-breaking research in genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation, for his role in co-founding ShareThis, Inc (, and his work as co-founder of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). He holds BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University. His first book, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization & Machine Learning, is among the most cited computer science references on Google Scholar. His 2002 text The Design of Innovation explores the connection between evolutionary computation and genetic algorithms and processes of human creativity and innovation. His two most recent books are The Entrepreneurial Engineer and Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda (edited with Ibo van de Poel).