Keynote

  • The Role of Online and Technology-Enabled Learning in Meeting President Obama’s 2020 Graduation Goal

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    Presenter(s)
    Hal Plotkin (Department of Education, US)
    Session Information
    November 20, 2013 - 4:15pm
    Institutional Level: 
    Multiple
    Audience Level: 
    All
    Session Type: 
    Keynote Address
    Location: 
    Pacific Hall
    Session Duration: 
    90 Minutes
    Virtual Session
    Abstract

    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.

    Lead Presenter
    Hal Plotkin Hal Plotkin is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education (OUS), United States Department of Education. The OUS has responsibility for all U.S. federal higher education policies and programs. Prior to his appointment to the Obama administration, Mr. Plotkin was a trustee and board president at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, based in Silicon Valley California, where he shared governance responsibility for two community colleges with a combined enrollment of approximately 45,000 students.

    At the Department of Education, Mr. Plotkin is responsible for providing advice and leadership aimed at accomplishing President Obama’s graduation goal, which is designed to ensure that the United States will once again have the best prepared, most highly educated workforce in the world by 2020.

    Mr. Plotkin is a writer, editor and media producer by profession who has published more than 600 articles on business, science, technology and education. His publishers include Inc. magazine, Forbes ASAP, Family Business magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com, and CNBC.com, where he served as Silicon Valley correspondent. He is also a founding editor of the American public radio program “Marketplace” and the creator of the non-profit Center for Media Change, Inc., which facilitates public financing of high-quality print and documentary journalism. Mr. Plotkin is a graduate of Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills, California and San Jose State University with majors in History and Behavioral Sciences, respectively. He was the first graduate of Foothill Community College to ever serve on its governing board of trustees.
  • The Online Revolution: Learning without Limits

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    Presenter(s)
    Daphne Koller (Coursera, USA)
    Additional Authors
    Andrew Ng (Coursera, USA)
    Session Information
    November 21, 2013 - 8:15am
    Institutional Level: 
    Multiple
    Audience Level: 
    All
    Session Type: 
    Keynote Address
    Location: 
    Pacific Hall
    Session Duration: 
    75 Minutes
    Virtual Session
    Abstract

    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.

    Lead Presenter

     

    Daphne Koller Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education accessible to everyone around the world, for free. In her research life, Daphne works in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to computer vision, systems biology, and personalized medicine. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range of disciplines, and has given over a dozen keynote talks at major conferences. She is the recipient of many awards, which include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. She is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.
       
       


  • Reinventing Education

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    Presenter(s)
    Anant Agarwal (edX & MIT, USA)
    Session Information
    November 22, 2013 - 8:15am
    Institutional Level: 
    Multiple
    Audience Level: 
    All
    Session Type: 
    Keynote Address
    Location: 
    Pacific Hall
    Session Duration: 
    75 Minutes
    Session: 
    Friday Keynote Address
    Virtual Session
    Abstract

    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.

    Lead Presenter
    Anant Agarwal Anant Agarwal is the President of edX, an online learning venture of Harvard and MIT. Agarwal taught the first course of edX on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.   He is also a founder of Tilera Corporation which created the Tile multicore processor. He led the development of Raw, an early tiled multicore processor, Sparcle, an early multi-threaded microprocessor, and Alewife, a scalable multiprocessor. He also led the VirtualWires project at MIT and was the founder of Virtual Machine Works. Agarwal won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.” His work on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named one of 12 Bostonians changing the world by Boston Globe Magazine in 2012. Agarwal holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. He hacks on WebSim, a web-based circuits laboratory, in his spare time.