More than 2,000 leaders and visionaries in business, education, and government from around the United States will convene in Austin, Texas, from June 17-19, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center, to advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy and workforce development. The National Conference will focus on targeted outcomes that create an impact to fill jobs now and advance the future of the STEM workforce.
Rich DeMillo joins Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng on June 18 for a panel on MOOCs.
Session 202: Can MOOCs Help Improve STEM Education?
Millions of students around the world are now able to get free, online access to courses produced by some of the top universities in America. Users can take courses ranging from “Introduction to Mathematical Thinking” and “Computer Architecture” to “Experimental Genome Science” and “Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practices,” as well as a range of humanities offerings. In addition, schools are refining the online model to enable students to have access to a wider range of for-credit courses taught by professors at leading universities. Boosters suggest these courses could lower the cost of higher education as fewer teachers are needed, increase access to the best university minds, help stimulate technological advances, and build communities of learners. But will they fulfill their promise? This panel, which will consist of the key creators and providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs), will discuss the rapidly developing trend while addressing crucial questions: How can MOOCs help fill the STEM pipeline? How will courses be graded? Panelists will discuss the challenges and advantages of the MOOC approach and engage in a vibrant Q&A with the audience.