MOOC Madness: Technapex’s Panel on Online Education is a mere two weeks away, and we’re thrilled to announce two additional participants joining our panel. Inna Lisker with edX (non-profit online education technology company and MOOC provider) through Berkeley’s Research Center for Online Education, and UC Berkeley professor and Berkeley Faculty Association co-chair James Vernon will be joining the panel to discuss the pros and cons of MOOCs in higher education.
Tickets are available here.
Inna is the Associate Director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE). One of the critical initiatives for Berkeley’s online education program has been partnership with edX. This partnership has allowed Berkeley to mark its presence in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) curriculum in a way that aligns with Berkeley’s mission of access and excellence. Using edX technology, Berkeley is now leading research efforts in online education through its newest endeavor, the MOOCLab, a three-year research program. Inna is one of the principal initiators and investigators for this new far-reaching, high-impact project.
James Vernon is a history professor at UC Berkeley and the co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association (BFA). The BFA wrote a petition, signed by over 1,000 UC faculty, against Senator Darrell Steinberg’s online education bill (SB520), which proposes to replace heavily impacted courses with online courses within the California higher education system, including UC and CSU schools, as well as community colleges. The UC faculty petition states: “We believe that this bill will lower academic standards…augment the educational divide along socioeconomic lines, and diminish the ability for underrepresented minorities to excel in higher education.” Professor Vernon will be discussing the BFA’s stance on the senate bill.
The event will take place at Runway SF (a new incubator and event space on 1355 Market Street inside the Twitter building) on Monday, May 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. MOOC Madness 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.
Massive open online courses have exploded in popularity, raising many 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.
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Inna Lisker: Dr. Lisker is an educator-practitioner passionate about technology revolutionizing and expanding the horizons of education. She brings twenty years of administrative leadership experience in public and for-profit higher education with over fifteen years of that experience being in teaching, course development, and managing online courses and programs. Born and raised in Siberia, Inna was formally educated in Music, Literature & Linguistics, and Pedagogy. In 1990 Inna completed her yearlong emigration odyssey from the former U.S.S.R. to the U.S., where she resumed her formal education as she went on to earn her B.S. in Psychology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, her MBA from University of California, Irvine, and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University. As BRCOE’s Associate Director, Inna is one of the leading contributors shaping UC Berkeley’s online education strategies.
James Vernon: Professor Vernon is a Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley and co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association. 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.
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 VentureLab). His research focuses on the intersection of computer and social sciences and he is co-director of the Social Algorithms Lab. As of January 1, 2013, he has taken a leave of absence to pursue NovoEd full time.
Drinks and light appetizers will be followed by the panel discussion. We’ll conclude with an open Q&A session, and guests are invited to stick around for drinks and mingling.
Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets, visit http://moocmadnesstechnapex.eventbrite.com/. Hope to see you there!