The Future of Learning: How will people learn the skills they need for academe, work, and life?

A Public Lecture with Dr. Dan Russell, Google

​What does it mean to be literate now, in the Age of Google?  At a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds, we need to rethink what it means to be literate, and to be a learner.  Although you might think that "literacy" is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding.  Knowing how to read is just the beginning of it - knowing how to frame a question, pose a query, interpret the texts that you find, organize (and use) the information you discover, and understand your metacognition - these are all critical parts of being literate as well.  This talk will review what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead. 

The advent of the networked world changes our expectations from traditional learning behaviors to ways of learning that leverage the networked world and networked people.  From his perspective as a MOOC instructor of more than 3M students (and as someone who spends considerable time teaching in K12 and public libraries), Dan will describe the changes in literacies that are taking place, how we are becoming perpetual students, and what this means for the future of learning.​

Bio: Daniel Russell is the Űber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness for Google in Mountain View.  He earned his PhD in computer science at the University of Rochester (1985), specializing in Artificial Intelligence until he realized that magnifying human intelligence was his real passion.  Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favor of HI, and enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day.  His MOOC ( has had over 3 million students, which suggests that there is a large interest and appetite for learning how to do research more effectively.


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Potter Auditorium Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue Halifax



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