CETLI Symposium

Online Technology & the Future of Higher Education

Friday, April 26, 8 AM – 3 PM
Photonics Building, 9th floor

Note: Members of the BU Community can watch all presentations by clicking on the “[Watch]” link next to each session.

  • 8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introduction [Watch]
    • Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University.
  • 8:45-10:00 Keynote Address “The Promise and Perils of Innovation” [Watch]
    • David Attis, Practice Manager, Education Advisory Board.
      Dr. Attis’s research has explored managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, internationalization strategies in higher education, and the future of doctoral education. Dr. Attis holds a PhD in the History of Science from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago.
  • 10:00-10:30 Morning Break
  • 10:30-11:45: Keynote Address  “Reinventing Education” [Watch]
    • Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; and President of edX.
      Professor Agarwal’s research focuses on computer architecture. Among his many projects, he led the development of Alewife, an early cache coherent multiprocessor and founded Tilera, a fabless semiconductor company focusing on scalable multicore embedded processor design. Agarwal holds a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
  • 11:45- 1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15-1:45 Panel “Beyond MOOCs” Introduction and Opening Remarks [Watch]
    • Jennifer Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Toronto. [Watch]
      Ms. Campbell co-teaches a MOOC “Learn to Program: The Fundamentals” and is currently co-teaching a second MOOC, “Learn to Program: Crafting Quality Code.” She and her colleagues are conducting an experiment comparing large inverted classroom offering in CS with a “traditional” offering
    • Lisa Dierker, Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University. [Watch]
      Professor Dierker teaches a MOOC called “Passion Driven Statistics.”
    • Eric Rabkin, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. [Watch]
      Professor Rabkin teaches a Fantasy and Science Fiction MOOC in which he is experimenting with how to provide feedback on papers.
    • Daniel Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University. [Watch]
      Professor Schacter has conducted research exploring the cognitive and neural bases of memory, imagination, and future thinking for over thirty years, and is currently involved in research exploring methods for improving online learning.
    • Charmaine Williams, Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. [Watch]
      Professor Williams teaches a MOOC called “The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness” in which she teaches a challenging subject to an international audience.
  • 1:45-2:45  Panel Discussion “Beyond MOOCs” [Watch]
  • 2:45-3:00 Closing Comments


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