May 11
Georgia Tech News Center

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) recently assembled a team of “flipping veterans,” Bonnie Ferri from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Don Webster from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jung Choi from the College of Sciences, to share successes and failures they’ve experienced in learning to flip a class.

May 04
The Evolllution

Rich DeMillo shares with The Evolllution five important strategies to help institutions become more nible and avoid the fate of Sweet Briar College. 

Rich DeMillo Headshot - Book Release
Apr 30
Atlanta, GA

Author and award-winning journalist, Jeffrey Selingo, will join with Georgia Tech and C21U faculty as a visiting scholar.

Selingo’s books, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students and MOOC U: Who is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why explore the value of college, online education, and the shifting dynamics of the American higher education system.

A professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University, he leads ASU’s Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, in partnership with Georgetown University.

“There is a great need for better research to help guide higher education leaders about the forces bearing down on their institutions and the transformation happening in teaching and learning, and on their campuses,” Selingo said. “I’m thrilled to be working with Rich DeMillo and to be part of the effort at C21U to rethink the future of higher education.”

A contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post, Selingo’s writing has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate. Selingo travels and speaks at universities and conferences like SXSWEdu, to paint a picture of the modern university. He addresses such topics as learning experiences, campus evolution, and college affordability.

Selingo recently participated in a Georgia Tech panel discussion of Andrew Rossi’s documentary, The Ivory Tower. This event was hosted by C21U in honor of the College of Computing’s 25/50 Anniversary. During the upcoming C21U Annual Strategy Meeting, Selingo will be a featured guest speaker.

“Jeff is one of the most visible and effective advocates for change in American higher education today. He will play a strategic role in the center and help us form networks with other centers of innovation,” said Richard DeMillo, Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities. “We are thrilled that he will be part of the C21U team.”

C21U will partner with Selingo and his ASU colleagues in research focused on the future of higher education and the new face of American universities. Find out more about Selingo and his work, here.

Jeff Selingo
Apr 09
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech leadership will take part this week in the 2015 Summit of the Americas, a forum for convening leaders from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

This year’s summit takes place in Panama, where Georgia Tech alumnus Juan Carlos Varela was elected president in 2014. 

Georgia Tech is serving as an event organizer for the Summit of the Americas’ first Forum of University Presidents, which will convene around 400 university leaders and other high-ranking officials from 35 countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Presidents will discuss prosperity and university education, as well as cooperation challenges between countries. President G.P. “Bud” Peterson will moderate and lead a panel and breakout sessions on technology and innovation on Thursday, April 9. Recommendations from the session will be submitted to the Summit of the Americas.

Georgia Tech Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafael L. Bras will participate in a panel discussion on corporate social innovation, also on April 9, as part of the CEO Summit of the Americas. The group will discuss how to use entrepreneurship to drive economic development and translate ideas into jobs, opportunities, and more innovative and fair societies.

In addition to discussing technology and innovation, the university group will also focus on the topics of academic mobility and sustainable economic development. Conversations throughout the summit will also consider ways technology could be used to improve all realms of education — for postsecondary, nontraditional, and rural students.

“Georgia Tech has a strong history in the areas of entrepreneurship, economic development, and technology transfer as it relates to higher education,” Peterson said. “We are very excited to play a leadership role in the organization of an international conversation among university leaders, in order to develop recommendations and solutions on these important topics. It is a privilege to meet with President Varela and other leaders from the Americas to work together on addressing global challenges.”

For those interested in following along from campus, the forum will stream online. This year’s Summit will be the first time Cuba has attended since the event began in 1994.

 

 

Summit of the Americas 2015, Forum of University Presidents, G.P. "Bud" Peterson, Provost Rafael Bras
Mar 24
MIT Press

Rich DeMillo's newest book is a report from the front lines of higher education and technology that chronicles efforts to transform teaching, learning, and opportunity.


Rich DeMillo Headshot - Book Release
Apr 01
Campus Technology
C21U Seminar Series

Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management.  Kevin was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004).  JSTOR and Ithaka merged in January 2010 to form a new organization (ITHAKA) with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA has offices in New York, NY, Princeton, NJ, and Ann Arbor, MI.

Oct 24
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Institute of Technology organized a national media roundtable Thursday to discuss the current state of online learning in higher education and how technology will help shape its future.

Provost Rafael L. Bras hosted the event, “Technology and the Future of Online Higher Education,” at the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s headquarters in New York City.

There was universal agreement that technology maneuvered higher education to a new trajectory where teaching and learning are changing for the better. Panelists were optimistic about a new student-centered approach to higher education and agreed that massive open online courses (MOOCs) paved the way for that new path.

“What we’re talking about is bringing education to many more students,” Bras said.

Panelists included the leading online platform providers – Anant Agarwal, the CEO of edX; Vivek Goel, the chief academic strategist for Coursera; and Sebastian Thrun, the CEO of Udacity.

Other panelists included: Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education; Dewayne Matthews, vice president for Strategy Development at the Lumina Foundation; Jason Palmer, deputy director for Postsecondary Success for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Amin Saberi, CEO of NovoEd; Scott Smith, the senior vice president for Human Resources Operations at AT&T; and Nathan Urban, the interim provost at Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to Bras, other Georgia Tech panelists were: Nelson Baker, dean of Professional Education; Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities; and Zvi Galil, dean of the College of Computing.

Joining the panelists were several reporters, who asked questions and helped guide the conversation. The reporters were: Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report; Tim Goral, University Business; Devon Haynie, U.S. News & World Report; Natalie Kitroeff, Bloomberg Businessweek; Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal and Tamar Lewin, The New York Times.

Galil and others touted Georgia Tech’s online Master of Science degree in Computer Science, which launched in January and currently enrolls more than 1,268 students. The degree is a collaboration among Tech, AT&T and Udacity.

The program’s low tuition cost — $6,600, compared to $46,000 for out-of-state tuition for an on-campus degree — has made it accessible and affordable to many students.

One of the more engaging discussions focused on how to improve access for all students. The panelists noted there are tremendous opportunities to expose more students to college and help them succeed.

These opportunities have yet to be achieved, but they are achievable, Bras said.

“A lot of things we think we can not do with technology we can do and, in fact, are already doing,” Bras said. “We are on the right track. The future is bright.”

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Oct 15
Atlanta, GA

Learners now have the opportunity to enroll in 18 new Specializations—a targeted sequence of courses designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise. Specializations were introduced in January 2014 as a solution to rethink how individuals seek timely, relevant education to further their lives and career in an evolving market environment.

Many skills that are critical today did not exist 15 years ago. It’s often difficult for a working adult to go back to school and get a degree,” says Coursera Co-Founder and President Daphne Koller.  “We are working with our university partners to create a new, targeted unit of education that’s more than a single course and less than a full degree, which can help people rapidly acquire expertise in a new and relevant topic.”

Over the past nine months, we have seen a surge in worldwide demand with more than 1.5 million learners participating in Specializations. We’ve also seen the number of Verified Certificates (VCs) issued in 2014 double in volume due to Specializations. Over 60% of all learners earning a Verified Certificate share it on LinkedIn to boost their profile. 

"Faculty from our nationally ranked computer science, advertising, and business departments are pooling their expertise to create in-depth experiences that will give learners eminently marketable skills in cutting-edge fields, validated with a certification. The opportunity to share our insights and vision of these rapidly evolving areas with such a broad and committed audience is an exciting prospect for us." Deanna Raineri, Associate Dean, Illinois

Coursera has also seen a great response from universities, professors and companies looking to join forces and be at the forefront in creating new pathways to career success. To bridge the gap, Specializations offer a unique final project that allows learners to apply what they’ve learned to relevant, real-world scenarios. For example, the final project in the Data Science Specialization offered by Johns Hopkins University is in collaboration with the predictive text analytics company, SwiftKey. Learners have the opportunity to work with SwiftKey engineers to develop text prediction systems. Coursera has also partnered with Google to highlight the top 5 Android final projects in the Google Play store—a tangible way to immediately demonstrate your skillset in an impactful way.

"We see data science as a core competency, like reading or writing or math. What started as a meeting of the minds at JHU turned into a brand-new set of classes created specifically for Coursera. We've been astounded by the learner response, and by the quality of the work being produced. To be able to create something that caters to aspiring data scientists across disciplines who want to take the next step in their careers brings a whole new definition to being an educator who has an impact on the world.”

“We envision new credentials for the 21st century, and are working closely with our partner institutions, as well as private sector companies, to make this vision a reality,” explains CEO Rick Levin. So whether you aspire to be a Project Manager, a Cloud Computing expert, a Digital Marketer or want to master any field, build your skills fast with Specializations.

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Specialization

Improving Business Finances and Operations - University of Illinois

Digital Marketing - University of Illinois

Cloud Computing - University of Illinois

Data Mining - University of Illinois

Interaction Design - University of California, San Diego

Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices - University of California, Irvine

Business Communication for Career Readiness - University of California, Irvine

Practical Management for Career Readiness - University of California, Irvine

Business Tools for Career Readiness - University of California, Irvine

Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business - University of Maryland

臺大土木CAD/BIM專項課程 - Nanyang Technological University

程序设计与算法 Fundamentals of Programming and Algorithms - Peking University

Become a Social Scientist: Methods and Statistics - University of Amsterdam

Perception, Action and the Brain - Duke University

Content Strategy for Professionals in Organizations - Northwestern University

Human Computer Interaction: User Experience and User Interface Design - Georgia Institute of Technology

Statics & Dynamics: Foundations in Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology

Healthcare Informatics & Data Analytics - Georgia Institute of Technology

                                      
Seminar Series

Abstract:
Over the past 15 years, courses that use a mixture of face-to-face and online learning methods, such as blended, hybrid, flipped, and inverted courses, have gained many supporters and skeptics in higher education. Studies that compare mixed method courses to face-to-face or online courses have conflicting results: some find improved learning outcomes and some find no significant differences. This talk argues that these conflicting results are due to inconsistent or vague definitions of hybrid, blended, flipped, and inverted courses. To address this problem, the Mixed Instructional eXperience (MIX) taxonomy was developed to define these terms based on two pedagogically relevant dimensions: how instruction is delivered and what type of instruction is delivered. Using the MIX taxonomy to re-classify courses, analysis of this literature revealed four themes in the results that illuminate how different teaching methods affect learning outcomes. The findings of this analysis both validate the taxonomy as a tool to categorize courses and further knowledge in this field.

Sep 17
Atlanta, GA

Richard Lipton, a professor and the Frederick G. Storey Chair in Computing in the School of Computer Science, added a second major award to his credentials this year as he was recently named the winner of the 2014 Knuth Prize for his contributions to the foundations of computer science.

In receiving the award, Lipton was cited for “inventing new computer science and mathematical techniques to tackle foundational and practical problems in a wide range of areas in graph algorithms, computation, communication, program testing, and DNA computing.”

The Knuth Prize is jointly presented by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing (TCMF). The award will be presented at the Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS) Conference in Philadelphia, PA, from Oct. 18 to 21, where Lipton will give the Knuth Prize Lecture.

Earlier this year, Lipton was elected to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. With the Knuth Prize, Lipton joins a short list of extraordinary computer scientists.

“The Knuth Prize means a great deal,” Lipton said. “It is very exciting to be recognized by your peers for work that spans over 40 years. I feel very special and thankful to have been selected.” 

Lance Fortnow, chair of the School of Computer Science, offered his praise:

"Dick's work has had a major impact in quite diverse areas across theoretical computer science and has heavily influenced many researchers including myself. I can think of no one more deserving of this award."

In presenting the award, the selection committee cited:

  • Lipton’s development of the planar separator theorem. Working with Turing Award winner Robert Tarjan, Lipton created a “divide-and-conquer” approach to solving difficult network problems by breaking problems into two or more sub-problems of the same or related type.
  • Lipton’s pioneering work in the design of algorithms that make random choices in order to solve computational programs. He showed that when working with complex algebraic problems, it was sufficient to check a program by running it against randomly chosen but related inputs and comparing the results for consistency.
  • His development of a fundamental theorem in circuit complexity with Richard Karp, another Turing Award recipient. This demonstrated that NP-complete problems are unlikely to be solved by the best algorithms even with specialized hardware.
  • His status as an early developer of communication complexity, the study of the number of bits of communication needed for agents to solve computational tasks, and in DNA computing, which uses the combination and replication of the vast numbers of DNA strands that fit in a test tube as a basis for parallel computation.

The Knuth Prize is named in honor and recognition of Turing Award winner Donald Knuth, professor emeritus at Stanford University. Knuth is well-known for his ongoing multivolume series, The Art of Computer Programming, which played a critical role in establishing and defining computer science as a rigorous, intellectual discipline.

Lipton earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He taught at Yale, the University of California in Berkeley and Princeton before joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 2000.

Lipton explores one of the most daunting puzzles in computation theory in his blog Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP and recently published his second book based on the blog, People, Problems, and Proofs: Essays from Gödel's Lost Letterwhich he co-authored with Kenneth W. Regan of the University of Buffalo.

Richard Lipton
Sep 03
Inside Higher Ed
Aug 13
Atlanta, GA

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) has opened a new Studio/Innovation Lab located in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.

The digitally enabled classroom and production studio is jointly managed by C21U and Georgia Tech Professional Education on behalf of the Provost. The space offers the ultimate studio experience for faculty and instructors producing MOOC content and experimenting with innovative educational approaches.

The lab allows instructors to experiment with new forms of blended or flipped classrooms. It also allows for interaction with an external group, and is ideal for presentations, interviewing remote experts, and bridging global classrooms.

“This facility is intended as an experimental laboratory for pedagogical innovation,” said Rich DeMillo, director of C21U. “If there are things you want to try as a Georgia Tech faculty member, come to us with your ideas and let's talk. We're looking for innovative things that can't be done in other classrooms.”

“One obvious example is to use the space for flipped classrooms. It will enable instructors to watch what students do in such an environment and allow for the possibility to capture a lot of learning data and relate them to pedagogy,” he added.

The Klaus studio works in tandem with the main production complex for interactive instructional media at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Tech Square. While the studios are similarly outfitted with many shared features, each possesses its own unique menu of extra options.

The state of the art facility includes a highly connected classroom, control room, and broadcast quality studio, as well as a dedicated support team. At this time there is no cost for faculty to use the space.

Interested parties should email schedule@c21u.gatech.edu for more information on touring the space or to make a reservation for its use.

 

C21U Innovation Lab