For more than three decades, higher education has wrestled with how to adapt to an ongoing wave of technological innovation and, if possible, adopt it. What is clear is that technology changes, and changes again. Today’s educational environment is one in which mobile technologies, social media and MOOCs are commonplace. But while the tools of education change, some questions remain foundational: Can we adopt technologies without ourselves being changed?
Tom Plate is a friendly guy who listens closely, has traveled the world and, like many newspaper writers, knows a lot yet says it succinctly. A former editorial page editor, Plate is the author of the four-volume “Giants of Asia” book series about important Asian leaders: Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra and South Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon, U.N. Secretary General. In 2010, he brought his knowledge of Asia and a student-run Asia media project to LMU. Here’s a look at a one-man Asia desk.