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Wednesday, May 30
 

10:00am EDT

Reimagine Education
Anant Agarwal is the founder and CEO of edX, helping bring quality education to everyone, everywhere, and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His keynote will address how we are working to reimagine education with edX and Open edX and what we hope to accomplish in the next 5 years

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Anant Agarwal

CEO and Founder, edX
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focus is in parallel computer architectures and cloud software systems, and he is a founder of several successful startups, including Tilera, a company that produces scalable... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
B2285 Jean-Lepage Amphitheater, Pavillon Jean Brillant, UdeM

10:30am EDT

Keynote: MOOCs 2025
Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research and evaluation on how technology impacts teaching and learning. Recent studies focused on MOOCs, on automated detectors of affect and engagement, on how decisions about acquiring education technology are made in higher education, and on the costs and benefits to learners of earning alternative credentials such as MicroMasters. She is the author of “MOOCs: Expectations and Reality,” “MOOCs in Higher Education: Institutional Goals and Paths Forward,” and “EdTech Decision-making in Higher Education.”

In her keynote, Dr. Hollands will present her most recent research findings on MOOC's and online learning initiatives, placing it in the historical context of MOOC trajectory. She will look back at past predictions about MOOCs that turned out to be right - and wrong - with possible explanations and suggestions for future developments and predictions for where MOOCs will go in 2025.


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Fiona Hollands

Associate Director/Senior Researcher, Teachers College, Columbia
Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research and evaluation on how technology impacts teaching and learning. Recent studies... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
B2285 Jean-Lepage Amphitheater, Pavillon Jean Brillant, UdeM

11:00am EDT

The State of Open edX
In this keynote, we'll talk about the highlights from the past year in Open edX and all of the exciting plans we have for the coming year. From software architecture and platform to community and developer ecosystem, this talk will give you a snapshot of where things stand.

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avatar for Berkay Baykal

Berkay Baykal

Director of Open edX Business, edX
Berkay Baykal is the Director of Open edX. He has extensive experience in leading edge product and market strategy. 
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Mark Haseltine

CPO, edX
As Chief Technology Officer at edX, Mark leads our overall technology strategy and engineering efforts. Prior to joining edX, Mark was CTO, Afternic at GoDaddy where he led the development of their domain aftermarket products. He served as CTO at NameMedia which GoDaddy partially... Read More →
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Adam Medros

President & COO, edx
Adam Medros is President and Chief Operating Officer at edX, overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contributing to edX’s strategy and growth. Adam brings extensive operational expertise to power our innovation and growth at a global scale. He... Read More →
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John Mark Walker

Open edX Community Lead, edX
John Mark Walker is the Open edX Community Lead for edX. He has been an open source community and ecosystems expert for 2 decades, starting with VA Linux Systems and SourceForge.net. He was the Gluster Community Leader at Red Hat, and was the product and community owner for ViPR Controller... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
B2285 Jean-Lepage Amphitheater, Pavillon Jean Brillant, UdeM

4:00pm EDT

Keynote: Georgia Tech's Online MOOC-based Master Program
In May 2013, Georgia Tech together with its partners, Udacity and AT&T, announced a new online master’s degree in computer science delivered through the platform popularized by massively open online courses (MOOCs). This new online MS CS— or OMSCS for short — costs less than $7,000 total, compared to a price tag of $40,000 for an MS CS at comparable public universities and upwards of $70,000 at private universities.
 
The first-of-its-kind program was launched in January 2014 and has sparked a worldwide conversation about higher education in the 21st century. President Barack Obama has praised OMS CS by name twice, and over 1,000 news stories mentioned the program. It’s been described as a potential "game changer" and "the first real step in the transformation of higher education in the US.” Harvard University researchers concluded that OMSCS is “the first rigorous evidence showing an online degree program can increase educational attainment” and predicted that OMSCS will single handedly raise the number of annual MS CS graduates in the United States by at least 7 percent.
 
To ensure program quality and rigor, Georgia Tech started in 2014 with small enrollment of 380; in January 2017 enrollment exceeded 6,360; about 7500 are expected to enroll in the Fall.  So far 895 students have graduated from OMSCS; over 300 will graduated in May. The program has also paved the way for a number of similar, MOOC-based MS programs.
 
The talk will describe the OMSCS program, how it came about, its first four years, and what Georgia Tech has learned from the OMSCS experience. We will also discuss its potential effect on higher education.

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avatar for Zvi Galil

Zvi Galil

Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing
Dr. Zvi Galil, Dean of the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He earned BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, both summa cum laude. He then obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. After... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
B2285 Jean-Lepage Amphitheater, Pavillon Jean Brillant, UdeM