Mike McCracken, C21U's Director of Online Course Development and Innovation, participated in the MOOC Workshop: Defining and Advancing Change and the Multi-State New Models Leadership Convening: Defining and Advancing Change. The workshop and convening was held on December 4, 2013 and was hosted by University of Texas Arlington and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Donald R. Webster presented a paper at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics November 29, for the Education and Career Outreach: Teaching Methods panel. The paper, "Flippin' Fluid Mechanics -- Using Online Technology to Enhance the In-Class Learning Experience” (D.R. Webster and D.M. Majerich) reported the results of an empirical analysis of the use of online technologies and team problem solving sessions to shift an undergraduate fluid mechanics course from a traditional lecture format to a collaborative learning environment. URL: http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DFD13/Event/204379
Michael McCracken gave a plenary talk at this year's Frontiers in Education conference in Oklahoma City. He addressed the impact of MOOCs from several viewpoints. As a very new technological innovation, McCracken reminded the audience that MOOCs are the beginning of change and if one assumes the current state of MOOCs is the final state, that would be erroneous. The talk outlined how MOOC's can be thought of as a means for improving the quality of student learning in the classroom by utilizing the content of the MOOC's with innovative classroom techniques, such as flipped classrooms.
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.
Dartmouth's “Leading Voices” series started in 2011. The first season, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” brought national political figures, presidential candidates, and policymakers to campus. Last summer’s “Leading Voices in U.S. Foreign Policy” included a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former Defense Department official, and a retired Navy admiral. The ongoing “Leading Voices in Higher Education” series, part of the strategic planning process, has featured visits from prominent writers, university presidents, and other figures in higher education.
Nelson Baker, dean of professional education at Georgia Tech, presented a webinar on the decision drivers for Georgia Tech to adopt the Coursera model and how it was rolled out to the campus. He discussed the successes and challenges so far and the impact it has had on their faculty, students, and administrators.
The inaugural Coursera Partners' Conference was held at the University of Pennsylvania on April 5-6, 2013.
Rich DeMillo participated in the closing plenary panel on "The Future of On-Campus Teaching in the 21st Century"
Online methods are transforming the landscape of higher education at what appears to be a dizzying pace. Different academic institutions will be impacted in different ways by these changes, depending on their organizational structure, financial model, and regulatory context. In this panel, senior officials from a variety of institution types from around the world will speak to the changes facing their institutions in the coming years, including implications related to credentialing, accreditation, acceptance of outside credit, articulation, disaggregation of the university experience, and the changing role of instructors.
Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida, the 2013 Caleb and Michele Grimes Lectures were held on April 1, 3, and 4, featuring the topic "CLAS 2.0? Opportunities and Challenges for Liberal Arts and Sciences in Distance Learning"
The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) held a workshop on March 4, 2013, featuring Rich DeMillo as the keynote speaker.