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Bulger, Monica
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Graduate Student, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara

Monica BulgerMonica Bulger is a doctoral student at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Director of the Bren Graduate Writing Center. Her research interests include educational technologies, online literacy, and student engagement. She currently works with the Technology in Education research initiative, an interdisciplinary team that studies the impacts of technology on student learning.

 Links:      Technology in Education Research Initiative | NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program in Interactive Digital Multimedia | The Hands-On Handbook: A Guide to Teaching Writing in the UCSB Writing Program | South Coast Writing Project

If the new form of literacy for the information age is the ability to manage, process, and filter multiple documents from multiple modes and sources, what types of cognitive skills do readers need? Access to information is no longer a problem, instead the challenge lies in distilling meaning.

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The meeting of the machine and the body is an uneasy one. In the realm of performance, this uneasiness is reflected in the fact that, as technology has grown more and more sophisticated, the successful design of “instruments” that can be manipulated during performance with anything like the fluidity and intuition of conventional musical instruments has remained elusive. This failure, however, is not due to a lack of imagination on the part of artists, but a reflection in art of the uneasiness of the meeting of machine and body throughout culture today, which can be seen in every human activity: war, work, play, reproduction, and so on. How machines and bodies will co-exist is thus not a problem to be “solved,” but the central tension of our time in human history. Thus, it is a compelling terrain in which to locate art.