2017 Program

*Please note that the program is still under development and is subject to change*


September 27 & 28, 2017
American Academy of Arts & Sciences - Norton Wood's Conference Center
136 Irving St, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Shuttle Service will be offered from Le Meridien Hotel to and from the Academy both on Wednesday (27th) evening and Thursday (28th) during the day.

Wednesday, 27th:
Shuttle pick-up from the Le Meridien begins at 4:30 pm

Thursday, 28th:
Morning: Pick-up from the Le Meridien begins at 7:15 am

Evening: Shuttle to the Le Meriden begins at 6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 27

5:00 pm

Welcome and Opening | Atrium
Remarks delivered by

Alan Garber, Provost of Harvard University

Martin Schmidt, Provost of MIT

Eric Grimson, Chancellor of Academic Advancement at MIT

6:00 pm Summit Dinner | Atrium

Thursday, September 28

7:30 am

Registration & Breakfast | Atrium

8:30 am

Welcome | Auditorium
Remarks delivered by Rafael Reif, President of MIT

8:45 am

Vision for Higher Education Plenary | Auditorium
Rafael Reif, President of MIT

9:30 am History; Pointing Towards the Future Plenary | Auditorium

Adapting nimbly to social and economic concerns has been one of the strategies that universities have used to continue to attract top talent. From the rise of land grant schools to address the concerns of practical education, to the current rise of student services to address student success more holistically, the challenges facing higher education continue to evolve.
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics and Associate Head of Economics at MIT
Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning at Harvard University


10:30 am

Coffee Break | Atrium

10:45 am Breakout Session 1

Scaling; What Scales and What Doesn't?
David Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University
Armando Fox, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley
Phil RegierArizona State University Dean Educational Initiatives and CEO for EdPlus

New Credentials
Krishna Rajagopal, William A. M. Burden Professor of Physics and Chair of the Faculty at MIT

Yossi Sheffi, Director for the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT 

11:45 am

Plenary | Auditorium
Remarks delivered by Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University

12:30 pm

Lunch | Atrium

1:30 pm

Student Views Panel | Auditorium

2:15 pm

Breakout Session 2

Diversity & Inclusion
Jennifer Randall Crosby, Associate Director, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford
Susan Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Rollins College

Academic Integrity
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX
Chris Caplice, Executive Director at MIT Center for Transportation and Logisitics
Thomas Fikes, Director of Research Operations, EdPlus Action Lab, Arizona State University

Policy: Accreditation, Financial Aid, and More
Harrison Keller, Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy; Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice at UT Austin
Catherine Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at UC Berkeley
Huntington Lambert, Dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University
Kimberly Cassidy, President of Bryn Mawr College

3:15 pm

Coffee Break | Atrium

3:45 pm Accessibility Plenary | Auditorium

What aspects of universal design improve learning for everyone?  How do we approach pedagogies that are accessible for everyone?
Nicola Palmarini, Global Manager of Aging & Accessibility Solutions at IBM
Kyle Shachmut, Project Manager for Accessibility at HarvardX

Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO for Academic Engagement, Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley

4:45 pm Closing Remarks | Auditorium
Remarks delivered by Sanjay Sarma, Vice-President of Opening Learning at MIT

5:15 pm Closing Reception | Atrium

Breakout Sessions

Please note that sessions are still in development and details may change.

Breakout Session 1

Scaling; What Scales and What Doesn't? New Credentials
As we gain experience with MOOCs, blended learning and using technology residentially, what are we learning about what scales well, and what does not? Online masters are growing in number, while others are experimenting with online learning as a significant component of a bachelor’s degree.  At the same time, new credentials are emerging, such as nano degrees, MicroMasters, and professional certificates.  What are the implications for traditional degrees?  How might the credentialing landscape evolve?  


Breakout Session 2

Diversity & Inclusion Policy: Accreditation, Financial Aid, and More Academic Integrity
How do you make all learners feel welcome, regardless of their home country, demographics, and background?  How do you handle cultural differences that arise in the digital classroom?  How do we approach different kinds of abilities?                       When do online learners become students?  How do we think through policies in areas such as accreditation, financial aid, ensuring student safety, as applying to our online community?  What are the implications for broader university policies?                                 As credentialing increases, how do we maintain high levels of academic integrity online?  What can we do in the design and offering of our courses to nudge people towards academic integrity?  When situations do arise, how can we spot them quickly and prevent them from escalating?