The Role of Online and Technology-Enabled Learning in Meeting President Obama’s 2020 Graduation Goal Submitted by Anonymous on May 1, 2013 - 2:09pm #Twitter: #alnplotkin 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 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.