Statement & Presentation Prof. Ranjani Krishnan
Unity in Research and Education: Up-to-Date or Obsolete?
The notion of research and teaching as divergent or even independent is a false dichotomy. Research and education are integrative and iterative, with ideas freely flowing and enriching the two. There are times when research is ahead of practice, and other times when practice provides new ideas for research. Furthermore, there is also the “scholarship of teaching”, which can provide important insights into how people learn and interact with each other and with technology. Teaching and research are two synergistic and mutually enriching goals, which set apart universities from other institutions such as think tanks and R&D departments (which only do research) and training programs (that only do teaching).