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Committee Meeting on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs:
Report Release on Online Education from MIT Researchers

The Lecture Room
The National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM



VIEW MIT REPORT --  Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms

The Academies' Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs will be briefed on a new study on online education by Karen Willcox and Sanjay Sarma, co-chairs of the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative. The MIT report looks at the challenge of how both online and blended learning can be optimized by incorporating emerging lessons from learning science, from discipline-based education reforms, and from cognitive science.

Those unable to attend in person can participate via WebEx.

2:00 PMWelcome
  • Dr. Katharine Frase, co-chair of the Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs
2:15 PM

Panel I: Major Findings in MIT Online Education Report (View Presentation)

  • Sanjay Sarma, MIT, Dean of Digital Learning
  • Karen Willcox, MIT, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Co-Director, Center for Computational Engineering
  • Eric Klopfer, MIT, Professor and Director, Scheller Teacher Education Program 
3:00 PMPanel II: The Educators' Point of View
Moderator: Toby  Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities
  • Marshall "Mike" Smith, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (View presentation)
  • Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College
  • Kacy Redd, Director of Science and Mathematics Education Policy, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (View Presentation)
  • Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan, Inc.
4:00 PMBreak
4:15 PMPanel III: Views from the Government
Moderator:  David Soo, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Susan Singer, Division Director for Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation (View Presentation)
  • Ryan Burke, Senior Policy Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House
  • Roberto Rodríguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
  • Mark Mitsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education
5:15 PMWrap-Up
5:30 PMReception