We couldn’t be more excited for our fantastic mixer and panel tonight! MOOC Madness: Technapex’s Panel on Online Education is a happy hour event to discuss the recent hype around MOOCs and online education in higher education. The MOOC Madness mixer will bring together educators, students, investors, executives, and entrepreneurs to discuss the changes and innovations made in higher education over the last couple years. Join us at Runway SF (1355 Market Street, inside the Twitter building) tonight from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are still available here.
Attendees and those who can’t make it can join tonight’s conversation on Twitter by following @Technapex and tweeting questions and comments using the hashtag #Technapex.
Massive open online courses have exploded in popularity, raising a lot of questions about the current higher education system and if or how we can incorporate more online education into the current system to improve it. The panel, comprised of educators and entrepreneurs with experience in both online and traditional education will discuss the changes and sift facts from the hype.
We’re pleased to announce that participating panelists will include the following:
Dr. Keith Devlin: Dr. Devlin is an award-winning mathematics professor at Stanford University, as well as the co-founder and executive director of Stanford’s H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a senior researcher at CSLI. Dr. Devlin has written 32 books and over 80 published research articles. He’s a recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. He’s also NPR’s “Math Guy.” Dr. Devlin is in the midst of teaching his second MOOC — you can read more about his experience teaching MOOCs on his blog, MOOC Talk.
Amin Saberi, CEO of NovoEd: Amin Saberi is co-founder and chief executive officer of NovoEd. He is also a professor at Stanford University where he developed an earlier version of the platform used to offer Stanford courses to hundreds of thousands of students (see http://venturelab.stanford.edu) His reserach focuses on the intersection of computer and social sciences adn he is co-director of Social Algorithms Lab. As of January 1, 2013, he has taken a leave of absence to pursue NovoEd full time.
Dr. Inna Lisker: Inna is the Associate Director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE). One of the critical initiatives for Berkeley’s online education has been partnership with edX, a non-profit online education technology company. This partnership has allowed Berkeley to mark its presence in MOOCs curriculum in a way that aligns with Berkeley’s mission of access and excellence. Using edX technology, Berkeley is now leading reserach efforst in online education through its newest endeavor, MOOCLab, a three-year reserach program. Inna is one of the principal initiators and investigators for this new far-reaching, high-impact project.
Professor James Vernon: James is a Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Berkeley and the co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association (BFA). He is a historian of Britain and its Empire from the eighteenth century to the present and has written extensively about the restructuring of higher education in Britain and California since the 1970s. The BFA wrote a petition, signed by over 1,000 UC faculty, against Senator Darrel Steinberg’s online education bill (SB520,) which proposes to replace heavily impacted courses with online courses within the California higher education system.
We hope to see you tonight!