2015 Program Committee

2015 Program Committee

  • Co-Chair: Peter K. Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard UniversityPeter K. Bol is Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Through the VPAL office, Bol has budgetary oversight of HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and HarvardX research and research collaborations to advance the science of learning. With input from the VPAL Advisory Committee, he works across the university to develop policies and best practices for online and blended learning and to foster closer university-wide collaboration. As the founding director of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Bol has long been interested in how technology can be used to advance learning and teaching in all fields. With his colleague William Kirby, he also teaches the HarvardX course ChinaX, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive MOOCs ever produced, with content spanning 15 months. He has taught on-campus versions of the course in both traditional and blended formats for several decades. Bol’s research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century.
  • Co-Chair: W. Eric L. Grimson, Chancellor for Academic Advancement and Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering, MIT W. Eric L. Grimson, the Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering and Professor of Computer Science, is the Chancellor for Academic Advancement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reporting directly to President Reif, Grimson is a central advisor on strategy for MIT’s capital campaign.

    A member of the MIT faculty since 1984, Grimson previously served as chancellor of MIT and has also served as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is internationally recognized for his research in computer vision, especially in applications in medical image analysis.

    Grimson has been actively engaged with students throughout his career. For 30 years he has taught introductory subjects in computer science and its applications. He jointly created 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, an MITx online MOOC. In all, Grimson has taught 11,000 MIT undergraduates and served as the thesis supervisor to 50 MIT PhDs.

    Grimson is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery, and holds a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Dalhousie University.
  • Eric Klopfer, Director, Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education Arcade, Professor of Science Education and Engineering Systems and of Urban Studies and Planning, MITEric Klopfer is a professor and the director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, as well as director of the Education Arcade. His research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Using both mobile and web-delivered platforms, the games are designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge. In the realm of simulations, Klopfer's work focuses on students understanding complex systems and connecting computer programming with scientific practice, critical thinking, and real-world issues. He is the co-author of the books Adventures in Modeling and The More We Know, and author of Augmented Learning. Klopfer is also the co-founder and past President of the non-profit Learning Games Network (www.learninggamesnetwork.org). Klopfer earned his BS in biology from Cornell and his PhD in zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Catherine P. Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of California, Berkeley Catherine P. Koshland is the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering. She is a professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and a professor in the Energy and Resources Group. Professor Koshland graduated with a BA in fine arts from Haverford College, studied painting at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and received her MS in 1978 and her PhD in 1985 in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was a former member of the Haverford College Board of Managers from 1994 - 2014 and served as board co-chair from 2005 - 2009 and chair from 2009 to 2014.

    Among Vice Chancellor Koshland’s responsibilities are major operating units including University Extension; Summer Sessions, Study Abroad and Lifelong Learning; the Student Learning Center, the Athletic Study Center, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and Educational Technology Services, American Cultures, and Berkeley Connect. Her office has responsibility for several strategic academic initiatives as well as providing support to faculty development in teaching and learning. In addition, her office advises on enrollment planning and management, and serves as a liaison for academic units with many campus administrative offices. She co-chairs the Undergraduate Initiative with chancellor Nicholas Dirks.
  • Robert A. Lue, Faculty Director, HarvardX; Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard UniversityRobert A. Lue is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and elevating its profile on campus. Lue serves as the director of Life Sciences Education at Harvard, where he led a complete redesign of the introductory curriculum that created some of the largest and most popular science courses on campus. As the faculty director of the Harvard–Allston Education Portal, Lue oversees the integration of undergraduate education with community outreach on Harvard’s Allston campus. In 2012, he became the faculty director of HarvardX; in this role he helps shape the university’s engagement in online learning in a way that reinforces its commitment to teaching excellence and works to expand its reach and impact globally. Lue earned his PhD in biology from Harvard and has taught undergraduate courses since 1988, garnering recognition as one of Harvard's foremost leaders in undergraduate education.
  • Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law SchoolMartha Minow, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor at Harvard Law School, is also a lecturer in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Having taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. She is also an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities.

    Minow co-chaired Harvard Law School’s curricular reform committee from 2003 to 2006, an effort that led to significant innovation in the first-year curriculum, as well as to new programs of study for second- and third-year students. Her five-year partnership with the federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology worked to increase access to the curriculum for students with disabilities and resulted in both legislative initiatives and a voluntary national standard opening access to curricular materials for individuals with disabilities.

    After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Minow received an MA in education from Harvard and her JD from Yale.
  • John C. Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor, School of Engineering; Professor of Computer Science, Stanford UniversityJohn C. Mitchell has been Vice Provost at Stanford University since 2012, first as Vice Provost for Online Learning and now in a broader role of Teaching and Learning. Over the past two years, his team has worked with approximately 200 instructors on 400 projects, including on-campus teaching innovation, online courses for public and selected audiences, and improvement of repeated course offerings. As co-director of the Lytics Lab, he is working to improve educational outcomes through data-driven research and iterative design. Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering, professor of computer science, and (by courtesy) professor of electrical engineering and of education. His past research has focused on computer security, developing analysis methods and improving network protocol security, authorization and access control, web security, and privacy. Mitchell’s first research project in online learning started in 2009, when he and six undergraduate students built Stanford CourseWare, an innovative platform that expanded to support interactive video and discussion. CourseWare served as the foundation for initial flipped classroom experiments at Stanford and helped inspire the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) from Stanford. He received his BS from Stanford and his SM and PhD from MIT.
  • Sanjay Sarma, Dean of Digital Learning and Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MITSanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the first Dean of Digital Learning at MIT. Before that he was director of MIT’s collaboration with Singapore, which lead to the establishment of the Singapore University of Design and Technology. Sarma co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which Checkpoint Systems acquired in 2008. He serves on the boards of several companies including GS1US, Senaya, and ESSESS. Sarma received his bachelor's from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation, and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research. He advises several national governments and global companies.