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Martin Schmidt, Provost, MITMartin Schmidt was appointed Provost of MIT in February 2014 after serving as Associate Provost since 2008. In January 2012, he assumed responsibilities for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions. He has played an active role as MIT’s faculty lead in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together the federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies.
A faculty member in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1988, Schmidt served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 1999 to 2006. His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices, microelectromechanical systems, design of micromechanical sensors and actuators, and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued US patents. More than 25 students have completed their PhD degrees under Schmidt’s supervision.
Schmidt’s research group has transferred a number of new technologies to industry and he has co-founded or has been the co-inventor of the core technology of six start-up companies. He received his BS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both his SM andPhD from MIT.
Peter K. Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University Peter 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.
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.
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Plenary Session 1: Impact of Online Innovations on Residential Education
Will online methods change the residential experience? How will online methods enhance learning, impact the use of learning and living spaces, alter the classroom experience, change the interactions between faculty and students, and affect other aspects of a residential experience?
Moderated by Catherine Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering, University of California, BerkeleyCatherine 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.
- Kimberly Wright Cassidy, President, Bryn Mawr CollegeKimberly Wright Cassidy became Bryn Mawr College’s ninth President in February 2014, having served as interim president from July 2013 to February 2014 and provost from 2007 to 2013. Prior to her appointment as provost, Cassidy was chair of the college’s Department of Psychology. During her tenure as provost and interim president, she was instrumental in leading a number of important initiatives, including the development of the college’s new interdisciplinary 360° courses and the advancement of digital initiatives within the classroom. Cassidy has led a program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, piloting the use of blended learning in a liberal arts setting. Through this program, Bryn Mawr faculty have developed more than 20 courses across the curriculum that use the blended approach.
Cassidy believes strongly in the important role academic partnerships play for small liberal arts colleges. She was instrumental in the college securing a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to establish its first-ever partnership with two area community colleges. The grant supports outstanding students from those schools who transfer to Bryn Mawr to finish their undergraduate degrees.
Cassidy earned a BA in psychology from Swarthmore College and both her MA andPhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Thomas L. Magnanti, President, Singapore University of Technology and Design; Institute Professor, MITThomas Magnanti is the founding President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Institute Professor and former Dean of the School of Engineering at MIT. He has devoted much of his professional career to education at the interface of engineering and management and to teaching and research in applied and theoretical aspects of large-scale optimization. His university administrative activities have focused on education of technically-grounded leaders, industrial and international partnerships, research in emerging technical domains, technology-based entrepreneurship and design, and diversity. He had also been the president of three professional societies and the editor of a major journal in his field.
Magnanti has led several centers and programs at MIT including the Leaders for Manufacturing Program, the System Design and Management Program, and, as founding director, the Singapore–MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).
Magnanti has received numerous educational and research awards, including four honorary degrees. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Magnanti holds a BS in chemical engineering from Syracuse University, as well as an MS in statistics, an MS in mathematics, and aPhD in operations research from Stanford University.
- John Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor, School of Engineering; Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University John 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.
- Martha Pollack, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of MichiganMartha E. Pollack is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, where she is also professor of information in the School of Information, and professor of computer science and engineering in the College of Engineering. Prior to becoming provost, Pollack served the University of Michigan in other roles, including vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs and dean of the School of Information. Her research has focused on artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on the design of intelligent technology to assist people with cognitive impairment. She has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, as president of AAAI, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. Pollack earned her MSE and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania.
- 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 also the 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.
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Breakout session 1
Topic 1: Global Access to Education
Approaches to providing global access to educational experiences, especially in degree-granting settings
Moderator: Anthony C. Masi, Provost, McGill University Anthony C. Masi is in his second five-year term as Provost of McGill University. After completing his PhD in sociology-demography at Brown University, he began his career at McGill as a professor of sociology whose research focuses on the labor force, industrialization, and statistical analysis and computer applications in social science. Masi has taught courses on population and society, the sociology of the labor force, and quantitative methods in social research. His innovative course syllabi and early use of web and internet tools were included in several editions of the American Sociological Association’s teaching resource materials. At McGill, Masi also served as founding director of the Faculty of Arts’ Computer Services, Vice-Principal (Information Systems and Technology), and Deputy Provost and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Masi was McGill’s signatory on a major Canada Foundation for Innovation infrastructure project that led to the establishment of campus-based research data centers for accessing Statistics Canada survey information. Currently, he is a member of the Canadian National Statistics Council and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Italy’s National Research Council. In 2012, he was designated as a Cavaliere in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, and in 2013 was named one of the recipients of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
- Robert Fastenau, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science; Dean of the Extension School, Delft University of Technology Robert Fastenau is Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology, a position he’s held since 2011. In 2014, he became Dean of the TU Delft Extension School. Fastenau has almost 30 years of experience in both research and management in high tech industry. He most recently served as executive vice president of marketing and technology with FEI Company, the global market leader in electron microscopes. During his career he has also been involved with the Netherlands Centre for Nanoscopy (NeCEN), the Dutch High Tech Systems Platform, the strategic innovation program’s Point-One, and the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine. Fastenau holds MS and PhD degrees in technical physics from Delft University.
- Charles L. Isbell, Jr., Senior Associate Dean and Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Charles Lee Isbell, Jr., is a Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He spent four years at AT&T Labs/Research before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech. Isbell’s recent research includes the building of autonomous agents that engage in life-long learning when in the presence of thousands of other intelligent agents, including humans. Lately Isbell has turned his energies toward adaptive modeling, especially activity discovery (as distinct from activity recognition); scalable coordination; and development environments that support the rapid prototyping of adaptive agents. As a result, he has begun developing adaptive programming languages, focusing on software engineering issues and trying to understand what it means to bring machine learning tools to non-expert authors, designers, and developers. He also pursues reform in computing education. Isbell was a developer of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula, and one of the key developers in Georgia Tech’s new MOOC-supported Masters of Science in Computer Science, the first of its kind in the world. He received his BS in computer science from Georgia Tech and his PhD in computer science from MIT.
- George Siemens, Executive Director of the Learning and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, University of Texas, Arlington George Siemens researches technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. He is the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas, Arlington, and is cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers, radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.
Topic 2: Sharing Best Practices in Blended Learning
How has blended learning catalyzed delivery of educational experiences in residential settings?
Moderator: Anka Mulder, Vice President for Education and Operations, Delft University of TechnologyAnka Mulder is the Vice President for Education and Operations at TU Delft and a fervent advocate of open education. From 2004–2013, she was TU Delft’s director of Education and Student Affairs, a position she eventually combined with the role of Secretary of the Executive Board. Mulder became a member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s board of directors in 2008. She served as the Consortium’s president between 2011 and 2013, making her the first person from outside the United States to do so. Mulder is also a member of the edX University Advisory Board and of the Comité d’orientation stratégique of the University of Sorbonne. She studied history at the University of Groningen, where she later lectured in international relations. Before joining TU Delft, Mulder was department head at the Dutch Institute for public administration and European policy advisor in Brussels and Vienna.
- Ani Adhikari, Teaching Professor, Statistics, University of California, Berkeley Ani Adhikari, Teaching Professor of Statistics at UC Berkeley, has received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Berkeley and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford University. While her research interests are centered on applications of statistics in the natural sciences, her primary focus has always been on teaching and mentoring students. She teaches courses at all levels and has a particular affinity for teaching statistics to students who have little mathematical preparation. She received her undergraduate degree from the Indian Statistical Institute and her PhD in Statistics from UC Berkeley.
- Mark Guzdial, Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Mark Guzdial is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the GVU Center (formerly the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center). He received his PhD in education and computer science (a joint degree) at the University of Michigan. He is the inventor of the Media Computation approach to learning introductory computing, which uses contextualized computing education to attract and retain students. Guzdial is a lead on the National Science Foundation-sponsored alliance to help states broaden and improve computing education, Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP). He is fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and also an ACM Distinguished Educator.
- 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.
Topic 3: Translating Learning Research into Practice
Using research on learning and online methods to improve educational delivery both in residential settings and online. What can learning science tell us about how to deliver online or blended educational experiences? How does online delivery influence traditional in-classroom experiences?
Moderator: Andrew Ho, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education Andrew Ho is Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Chair of the HarvardX Research Committee. He is a psychometrician who studies test-based educational accountability metrics, particularly those that indicate and incentivize proficiency, growth, college readiness, and value added. He also chairs the HarvardX Research Committee, which oversees research in Harvard University's open online courses. His recent projects have described bias in proficiency-based trends, developed robust achievement gap measures, and clarified the outcomes of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He holds his MS in statistics and his PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University.
- Justin Reich, Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, Harvard University Justin Reich is the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, based in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard University, where he explores the possibilities and limits of open online learning. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a visiting lecturer in MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education program, and a lecturer in the Technology Innovation and Education program at the Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Reich earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he led the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation-funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K–12 classrooms. His research on large scale online courses has been published in Science, the Journal of Learning Analytics, EDUCAUSE Review Online, and in proceedings from Learning @ Scale and Learning Analytics and Knowledge. The HarvardX Working Papers are available at harvardx.harvard.edu/research
- Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan, Inc.Bror Saxberg is responsible for the research and development of innovative learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan's full range of educational services offerings. He also oversees future developments and adoptions of innovative learning technologies and maintains consistent academic standards for Kaplan's products and courses.
Prior to Kaplan, Saxberg served as senior vice president and chief learning officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and off-line learning environments and developing new student products and services. Prior to joining K12, Inc., he was vice president at Knowledge Universe, where he co-founded the testing and assessment division that became known as Knowledge Testing Enterprise (KTE). Saxberg began his career at McKinsey & Company, Inc., and later served as vice president and general manager for London-based DK Multimedia, part of DK Publishing, an education and reference publisher.
Saxberg holds a BA in mathematics and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received an MA in mathematics from Oxford University. He also received aPhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
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Breakout session 2
Topic 1: Certification
Challenges in certifying online performance
Moderator: 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.
- Anant Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, edX Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Agarwal taught the first edX course 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 a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and 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.
In 2011, Scientific American included his work on organic computing on its list of 10 World-Changing Ideas, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Agarwal is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Agarwal holds a PhD from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras.
Agarwal 's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.
- Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Educational Outreach Rovy Branon is the vice provost for University of Washington Educational Outreach. In this role, he oversees all UW Professional and Continuing Education programs and staff. Previously, Branon was the associate dean for online learning and the executive director of the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison. Prior to his work in higher education, he led an instructional design team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He has more than 20 years of instructional media and learning technology development experience in corporate, higher education, and not-for-profit settings. He earned both his BA and MA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his PhD in instructional systems technology at Indiana University Bloomington.
- Connor Diemand-Yauman, Manager of Business Development and Strategic Partnership, Coursera Connor Diemand-Yauman is a manager of business development and strategic partnerships at Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to connect people worldwide with the best free education. He oversees Coursera's corporate partnerships and strategic initiatives focused on driving value to Coursera's learners and university partners. Before coming to Coursera, he was the show runner and lead actor in Speak Smart News, a children's educational program in Southeast Asia, as well as a primary school teacher in Randfontein, South Africa and Seoul, South Korea. Diemand-Yauman's academic research focuses on using cognitive disfluency to improve learning in classrooms. His published work has been cited in over 80 academic articles and featured in The Economist and The New York Times and on BBC International and CNN. He is also the founder of Own What You Think, a national campaign focused on bringing accountability into the way we interact and behave online. Diemand-Yauman's awards include the Cognition and Learning Prize from the Cognitive Science Society and the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest distinction conferred on a student at Princeton University. He is a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Topic 2: Learner Perspectives
How do students perceive the benefits and challenges of blended learning settings? Of online offerings? How can their experiences guide future innovations in digital learning experiences?
Moderator: Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor and Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT Cynthia Barnhart, a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been Chancellor at MIT since February 2014. She has overarching responsibility for graduate and undergraduate education and student life. Barnhart served as associate dean of the School of Engineering since 2007 and as acting dean of engineering from 2010 to 2011. Her research interests include mathematical programming models and large-scale optimization approaches for transportation and logistics systems and service network design and operations planning for scheduled transportation systems. Barnhart’s teaching interests have focused on the development and application of optimization models and algorithms to the design, management, and operation of transportation systems. Two of her most recently taught subjects are aviation operations research and transportation systems analysis.
Barnhart is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has served at MIT as co-director of the Operations Research Center, as co-director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics, and as director of Transportation@MIT. She earned her SM and PhD degrees from MIT.
- Khriseten Bellows Literature Teacher, Lexington High SchoolKhriseten Bellows is a National Board Certified teacher of English, with extensive experience as an educator in urban, suburban, and international school systems. For the past eight years she has been teaching English Literature at Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she regularly integrates online and multi-media-focused learning in her classroom. She is also a "Learning Differences Coach" in a MOOC dedicated to expanding our knowledge of ways people learn. In collaborating with Professor Lisa New and a selected group of teachers in the American Poetry EdX courses at Harvard University, she has helped to make American poetry--its practice, traditions, and rich history--more accessible and relevant to the members of her school community.
- Cody Coleman, Research Assistant, MITx Cody Coleman is a recent graduate from MIT, where he completed his SB and MEng in electrical engineering and computer science. During his MEng, he worked with the MIT Office of Digital Learning to explore student behavior and subpopulations in MITx and HarvardX courses to better accommodate the large and diverse populations these courses attract. Coleman’s interest in digital learning stems from the transformational impact education has had on his life. With firsthand experience in both residential and online digital learning settings, he aims to leverage these technologies to shrink the digital divide and close the achievement gap. His research has been published in EDUCAUSE Review Online and in proceedings from Learning @ Scale. He plans to continue researching in this area for his PhD.
- Ahaan Rungta, Founder, Online Science Olympiads Ahaan Rungta is a homeschooled student in eleventh grade who resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and uses online learning as his primary tool to learn a variety of subjects, including mathematics, history, economics, entrepreneurship, engineering, and the sciences. He spends most of his time online participating in MOOCs, such as those offered on edX, both as a learner and a community teaching assistant (TA). The revolutionary MOOCs also inspired him to found the Online Science Olympiads (OSO) non-profit organization, a global science contest initiative for people of all ages around the globe. The widespread acknowledgement of the OSOs eventually led to the concept of taking global learning to the physical scale with CalcBee, a contest akin to the spirit of the OSOs that Rungta currently directs. He is also a mathematics researcher at the MIT-PRIMES program, where he studies Markov processes and the motion of cells in porous media. In this endeavor, Rungta uses relies on subject matter knowledge he gained from studying and participating in online mathematics, physics, and computer science courses.
Topic 3: Spaces and Places
How do online methods change the use of classrooms and other learning and living spaces?
Moderator: Erin Driver-Linn, Director, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching; Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Harvard University As Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, Erin Driver-Linn facilitates experimentation in innovative pedagogies and educational research and forges collaborative networks among Harvard faculty, students, administrators, and teaching and learning experts within and beyond the University. She works closely with the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and others in the Office of the President and Provost, as well as leadership across school lines, to catalyze innovation and excellence in both residential and distance education.
As Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Driver-Linn directs Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research in producing internal and external data reports and research projects that inform University decision-making. Before joining the Office of Institutional Research in 2008, she was Associate Director for Research at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and taught in the Harvard Department of Psychology, where she received herPhD in experimental social psychology.
- Kenneth I. Fisher, Studio Director and Principal, Gensler Kenneth I. Fisher is the director of Gensler’s Boston architecture studio focused on higher education. In this capacity, he has led the creation of forward-thinking learning environments that recognize the breadth of pedagogical philosophies and the evolution of today’s college student. Fisher has spoken on the national and regional levels before the Society of College and University Planners. He is a member of the Boston Society of Architects, co-chair for the Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability, and a past subcommittee chair for the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Zero Net Energy Building Task Force and Roundtable on Sustainability. Fisher holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. In 2014, he was elected into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
- David Kuntz, Chief Research Officer, Knewton David Kuntz currently leads future-oriented research efforts at Knewton, focusing on better understanding and modeling student learning in personalized contexts at macro-scale. For five years prior, as Vice President of Research & Adaptive Learning at Knewton, he led the development of all of Knewton's core adaptive models and psychometric infrastructure. Before coming to Knewton, he held senior positions at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Among other inventions, he created the first efficient automated test assembly algorithm and system for the LSAT, the first web-based test delivery and item-banking system, and the first large-scale web-based portfolio scoring and management system. He has been awarded five assessment-related patents. Kuntz holds a BA in philosophy from Brown, an MA in philosophy from Rutgers, and an MBA/MSE from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Karen Willcox, Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Co-director, Center for Computational Engineering, MITKaren Willcox is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics in the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory at MIT, as well as Co-director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering. Willcox co-chaired President Reif’s Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, initiated in April 2013, with Sanjay Sarma, director of digital learning, and Israel Ruiz, executive vice president and treasurer. She holds a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and master’s and PhD degrees from MIT. Before joining the MIT faculty, Willcox was a member of the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group at Boeing Phantom Works. Her research and teaching interests lie in computational simulation and optimization of engineering systems.