Learning, Knowing and Remembering in a Digital World
Digital tools such as the internet, search engines, and online navigation have put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Are these same tools impacting the way we use human cognitive skills to learn, know, and remember? Research suggests that availability of “google knowing” is redefining our assumptions about what kinds of data – and knowledge – are appropriately held in our own heads. These redefinitions are, in turn, reshaping academic curricula, for good or for ill.
Naomi Baron is a linguist and professor of linguistics at the Department of World Languages and Cultures, at American University, in Washington, D.C.. Her areas of research and interest include computer-mediated communication, writing and technology, language in social context, language acquisition and the history of English. She is also interested in language use in the computer age, instant messaging, text messaging, mobile phone practices, cross-cultural research on mobile phones, Human multitasking behavior, and Facebook online social interaction usage by American college students. During the month of November 2017, Professor Baron is visiting the Catholic University of Louvain as a Fulbright Specialist.