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Headliners, the University of Minnesota's popular current events series, is your chance to meet, once a month, with University and community experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's newsworthy topics. From medical breakthroughs and culture clashes to social trends and foreign affairs, you'll discuss what's making the headlines.

Join us, for the 2014–15 season, from October through May (no event in January) to dive into timely topics and ask questions in a moderated Q&A. 

Dates: October 9, November 6, December 4, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
Time: 7 p.m.
WhereContinuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus
Cost: Series $70; Single tickets $15 

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Headliners: October Edition

Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level 

Dr. Doering

Who: Dr. Aaron Doering, Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology; director Learning Technologies Media Lab; and fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

When: Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.

WhereContinuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus, University of Minnesota

Cost: $15


Since his days growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Aaron Doering has had a passion for geography, technology, education, and the environment, all of which play a role in his drive to transform the landscape of learning by bringing the world into classrooms across the globe. For more than a decade Doering and his dedicated team at the University of Minnesota, have engaged millions of people annually in “adventure learning” by using interactive online learning environments to educate people about the environment. This has taken him (and his learners) to the far reaches of the earth while exploring remote landscapes and connecting learners from vastly different cultures with one another.

Doering’s projects include GoNorth!, in which students complete research-based lesson plans while interacting with an Arctic dogsledding expedition team, scientists, and their peers and teachers. Reaching more than three million learners annually, the first six GoNorth! programs provided the groundwork for Doering’s subsequent adventure learning projects.

These include: North of Sixty°, GeoThentic, and WeExplore. His most current project, Earthducation, investigates the intersection of education and sustainability on all seven continents, and involves traveling to climate hotspots, documenting environmental issues and educational practices, and working with a broad array of individuals, communities, and organizations to create an ecological narrative of educational beliefs. The goal of Earthducation is to address the challenge set forth by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. Students, teachers, and others are discussing these same ideas via EnviroNetwork, helping to expand the conversation and explore, collectively, how education can influence the future of our planet. 

Says Doering: “Through design, technology, and adventure, we can revolutionize education around the world.”

Join us on October 9 to learn how Doering’s passion for education and the environment have dramatically transformed the landscape of learning in classrooms throughout the world. From apps to the Arctic to the Amazon, come experience Doering’s daring new educational frontier.
Dr. Aaron Doering is an associate professor in learning technologies at the University of Minnesota, where he holds the Bonnie Westby-Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is the director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab and a fellow of the Institute on the Environment. A 2008 laureate of the prestigious Tech Award for technology benefiting humanity, Doering is an adventure learning pioneer who has engaged, motivated, and inspired millions of learners through his adventures, online projects, public speaking, and written work, all of which bring adventure learning to the forefront of education.

A sought-after speaker, Doering delivers hundreds of presentations each year, and his writing focuses on how technology, online learning, and design impact the classroom experience.
Doering is currently the principal investigator for four research projects: Earthducation (with support from the University’s Institute on the Environment); Explore15 (with support from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation); North of Sixty° (with support from the National Science Foundation); and GeoThentic (with support from the National Geographic Society).

Both Earthducation and North of Sixty° were recent recipients of AIGA’s (Re)Design Award, which celebrate designs that advocate for strong communities, sustainable environments, and thriving economies.

The co-author of Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching and co-editor of The New Landscape of Mobile Learning, Doering’s recent TED Talk highlights Earthducation, how to engage kids to learn in new ways, and tales from his numerous expeditions crossing the circumpolar Arctic by dogsled.

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