Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education?

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If 2012 was the year of the Massive Open Online Course, according to the New York Times, 2013 was something of a reality check. MOOCs were meant to give people all over the United States (and the world) access to the best lecturers and classes from some of America's top universities. But their first iterations have been beset with problems--lack of student engagement, high dropout rates--leading critics to question their long-term value. MOOCs highlight the usual trajectory of new technologies that are supposed to transform education: big promises, followed by the trough of disillusionment, and a return to the status quo. So, what's next for technology in higher education in 2014 and beyond? Should we just give MOOCs some room to grow? Does big data have the answers? And anyway, is college even the best option in the tech economy?

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Agenda

8:45 a.m.               Registration
 
9:00 a.m.               What's Wrong with the Old-School?
 
Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
@kevincarey1
 
9:15 a.m.               My First MOOC
 
Robert Wright
Author, Nonzero 
Senior Future Tense Fellow, New America Foundation
Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University
@robertwrighter
 
9:30 a.m.               What Can We Expect From Tech in Higher Ed?
 
Adrian Sannier
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Arizona State University Online
@sannier
 
Robin Goldberg
Chief Marketing Officer, Minerva Project
@minervaproject
 
Jeffrey Selingo
Author, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for StudentsContributing Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education 
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
@jselingo
 
Moderator:
Robert Wright
Author, Nonzero 
Senior Future Tense Fellow, New America Foundation
Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University
@robertwrighter


 
10:15 a.m.              Hack 1: Get Government Money out of Higher Ed
 
Bryan Caplan
Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Author, the upcoming The Case Against Education
@bryan_caplan
 
10:25 a.m.              Hack 2: Cracking the Credit Hour
 
Amy Laitinen
Deputy Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
@amylaitinen1
 
10:35 a.m.               In the Tech Economy, Does a Degree Still Matter?
 
Bryan Caplan
Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Author, the upcoming The Case Against Education
@bryan_caplan
 
Michael Gibson
Vice President for Grants, Thiel Foundation

Leng Lee
Head of Operations, Codecademy
@Codecademy
 
Moderator:
Katherine Mangu-Ward
Future Tense Fellow, New America Foundation
Managing Editor, Reason
@kmanguward


 
11:20 a.m.               Hack 3: Radically Improve Math Preparedness for College
 
Adrian Sannier
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Arizona State University Online
@sannier
 
11:30 a.m.               Can Tech Fix the Inequalities of Higher Ed?
 
Hal Plotkin
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education
@usedgov
 
Naomi Davidson
Education Partnerships, Higher Education, Khan Academy
@khanacademy

Greg Ratliff
Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Success Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
@gatesfoundation
 
Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer, EverFi
@tmwincup
 
Moderator:
Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
@kevincarey1

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:45am - 12:15pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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