November 20, 2013 - 4:15pm
The Role of Online and Technology-Enabled Learning in Meeting President Obama’s 2020 Graduation GoalNovember 20, 2013 - 4:15pmHal Plotkin (Department of Education, US)Keynote AddressPacific Hall90 MinutesVirtual Session
Mr. Plotkin will review key aspects of the Department of Education’s Learning Powered by Technology plan, with a special emphasis on the role of online and technology-enabled learning in meeting President Obama’s 2020 graduation goal including through new federal investments, such as the $2 billion dollar Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training grant program, which supports the creation and continuous improvement of reusable open online learning resources.
November 21, 2013 - 8:15am
November 21, 2013 - 8:15amDaphne Koller (Coursera, USA)Keynote AddressPacific Hall75 MinutesVirtual Session
We are at the cusp of a major transformation in higher education. In the past year, we have seen the advent of MOOCs - massively open online classes (MOOCs) - top-quality courses from the best universities offered for free. These courses exploit technology to provide a real course experience to students, including video content, interactive exercises with meaningful feedback, using both auto-grading and peer-grading, and rich peer-to-peer interaction around the course materials. We now see MOOCs from dozens of top universities, offering courses to millions of students from every country in the world. The courses start from bridge/gateway courses all the way through graduate courses, and span a range of topics including computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and more. In this talk, I'll report on this far-reaching experiment in education, including some examples and preliminary analytics. I'll also discuss how this model can support a significant improvement in the learning experience for on-campus students, via blended learning, and provide unprecedented access to education to millions of students around the world.
November 22, 2013 - 8:15am
November 22, 2013 - 8:15amAnant Agarwal (edX & MIT, USA)Keynote AddressPacific HallFriday Keynote Address75 MinutesVirtual Session
Digital technology has transformed countless areas of life from healthcare to workplace productivity to entertainment and publishing. But education hasn’t changed a whole lot. EdX is a MOOC (massive open online course) initiative that aspires to reinvent education through online learning. EdX’s mission is to dramatically increase access to education for students worldwide through MOOCs on our platform, while substantially enhancing campus education in both quality and efficiency through blended models that incorporate online elements created by the edX team.
This talk will provide an overview of MOOCs and edX, and share student stories that reveal how they are increasing access to education worldwide. The talk will also discuss where MOOC technologies are headed, and how they can enhance campus education. Finally, the talk will provide some recent research results that will allow us to improve education online and on campus, and discuss how MOOCs might evolve in the future.