Our Next Webinar: Mindful Tech

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Mindful TechMindful Tech

An ACMHE webinar with
David M. Levy, Professor at the Information School
University of Washington

NEW DATE! Tuesday, January 17th
2-3pm ET / 11am-12pm PT

Free and open to the public,
with a suggested donation of $25
Register Here / Donate Here


Today’s digital devices and apps are both powerful and powerfully distracting. Indeed it has become increasingly clear that they can serve both as instruments of learning and connection, on the one hand, and of distraction and disconnection, on the other. The challenge we face is to use them to their best advantage, and to ours, and to understand when to use them and when to abstain from them.

For a number of years, through his research and teaching, Dr. David Levy has been developing methods to help students (as well as faculty, staff, and adult professionals) investigate and improve their relationship with their digital devices and apps. In this webinar, Dr. Levy will present some of the contemplative exercises and methods used in his courses and seminars. He will also discuss the philosophy underlying them, which places the emphasis on student discoveries through mindful observation and reflection, rather than on general rules that everyone should, or must, obey.

Participants in this interactive webinar will learn:

  1. how to apply greater focus and awareness to their use of digital devices and apps, and
  2. how to use various mindfulness practices to help themselves and their students observe and critique their current use of digital devices and apps as the basis for making healthy and effective changes.

These learning objectives will be met through an interactive presentation that includes participants engaging in a mindfulness exercise with their cell phones during the webinar.

Intended audience: The presentation is primarily aimed at those who teach in higher education, whether faculty or staff, and who want to help their students investigate their relationship with their digital devices and apps. But the same exercises we will explore are useful for individuals, whether or not they teach.

David M. LevyAbout the Presenter: David M. Levy is Professor at the Information School, University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For nearly twenty years he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media.

At the University of Washington since 2000, he has focused on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration. His new book, “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives,” was published in January 2016 by Yale University Press.

About ACMHE Webinars: The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) is an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The ACMHE’s free webinars allow you to view a live presentation online; you can listen to the presenter over your computer speakers, headphones, or VOIP headset, or by dialing in to the audio with your phone. Questions and comments may be submitted to the presenters during the webinar.

To register, simply submit the registration form and instructions for connecting will be emailed to you automatically.

We record our webinars and post them for public viewing on contemplativemind.org after the original air date.

If you have any questions, please email info@contemplativemind.org.

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