Online Learning and the
Future of Residential Education

A Summit hosted by
MIT and Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
March 3 and 4, 2013

Program

Sunday, March 3

Keynote Program and Overview of Summit Objectives


Venue

Radcliffe Gymnasium, Harvard University

Reception and Networking

Discussion and Dinner

This keynote program included an overview of the Summit and an interactive dialogue with the speakers on how online learning is shaping teaching, research, and the student experience both on- and off-campus.

Welcome Remarks

Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University

Opening Conversation

Closing Remarks

W. Eric L. Grimson, Chancellor and Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering, MIT

Monday, March 4

Interactive Sessions

The Monday portion of the Summit comprised three topic-based dialogues framed by a keynote address and panel discussion. Participants were encouraged to contribute ideas, insights, and perspectives during the panel presentations and facilitated question-and-answer discussions.

Venue

MIT Media Laboratory Complex

Opening Remarks

L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT

Remarks

W. Eric L. Grimson, Chancellor and Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering, MIT


Session 1: Blended Models of Learning: Bringing Online to On-Campus


Keynote Address

William G. Bowen, President Emeritus, Princeton University; Founder, ITHAKA Group

Panel Discussion

Interactive Group Discussion

Summary of Findings


Panelists

Description

The purpose of this session was to discuss how online education could enhance the educational experience for on-campus students. Topics: Creating new types of learning experiences for residential students; engaging faculty members in the creation of online courses, modules, and tools; developing suitable institutional support for academic technology; and using data and research to deepen insights into how students learn.


Break and Demonstrations


Session 2: Online Learning: Today and Tomorrow


Keynote Address

Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy

Panel Discussion

Interactive Group Discussion

Summary of Findings


Panelists

Description

The purpose of this session was to discuss the challenges and opportunities online technologies may have on teaching, learning, and assessment. Topics: Applications of technology in diverse academic fields, from science and technology to arts and the humanities; integrating new technologies on and off campus; assessing student learning and outcomes in the online environment; and perspectives on the use of technologies in different academic settings, ranging from liberal arts colleges to research-intensive universities to community colleges.


Lunch


Session 3: Adapting to a Changing Landscape:
Addressing Institutional Barriers to Innovation


Keynote Address

Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Panel Discussion

Interactive Group Discussion

Summary of Findings


Panelists

Description

The purpose of this session was to discuss how institutions and their leaders can best enable technological innovation to further their academic and research missions. Topics: Balancing faculty workloads with incentives; managing the accreditation of programs, credentialing of students, and potential awarding of full degrees for online learning; developing financially sustainable models for online learning enterprises and understanding their possible impact on current revenue sources; fostering meaningful collaborations with other higher education institutions, foundations, and companies; and exploring the promise technologies might have for lowering educational and research costs and enabling global engagement.


Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times
Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University
Chris A. Kaiser, Provost, MIT


Reception and Demonstrations