FI Seminar Series

The FI Seminar Series is an ongoing series of lectures by local and regional leaders in the field of education.  Topics range from practical applications to national policy.  The series is hosted and brought to you by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Recent and Upcoming Friday Institute Seminars:


Eval Empire Brown Bag “Ignite” Session

Thursday, February 19, 2015  |  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  |  Nortel Workshop AB Public education is at a transformational point. New federal, state, and local legislative priorities and executive policies are redirecting funds for schools and education programs and supports. As public and private funding streams shift, evaluating the implementation and impact of investments assumes new significance. The Evaluation Team at the Friday Institute for […]

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Narrative-Centered Learning Environments

Thursday, December 11, 2014  |  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  |  BB&T Room 109 Dr. James C. Lester will discuss his research on Narrative-Centered Learning Environments. A key promise of narrative-centered learning environments is the ability to make learning engaging. However, there is concern that learning and engagement may be at odds in these game-based learning environments and […]

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MOOCs for Educators: Measuring, and Modeling Digital Literacy

Thursday, November 13, 2014  |  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  |  BB&T Room 109 The Friday Institute MOOCs for Educators (MOOC-Ed) initiative brings together issues of design, technology, implementation and research. In this session, we will provide an overview of the initiative with an emphasis on design principles and elements and on research questions and […]

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Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Modeling Digital Literacy

Friday, October 31, 2014  |  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  |  BB&T Room 109 ​Dr. Jeffrey A. Greene will discuss how todays’ students both benefit from, and are uniquely challenged by, the increasing ease of access to an ever-increasing corpus of information available online. Tools like the Internet are powerful affordances, and also sometimes dangerous […]

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