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Learning Mode: Critical Issues in Online Education, Mar 15

With the rapid growth of online education platforms, institutions of higher learning must address pressing questions about the opportunities and risks related to the changing educational landscape. This two-day symposium at UC Berkeley brings together scholars, educational media developers, students, and employers to explore and discuss critical issues in online higher education.

Symposium speakers will share their diverse experiences with online education and examine, from a variety of angles, the conditions, opportunities, and tensions pertaining to learning online. Over the course of two days, speakers will identify key factors for successful implementation of online and on-campus learning models as they examine shifting notions of equity and access, as well as theories of learning, communities of practice, research opportunities, the global reach of online education, and learning tools and metrics.

Keynote Speaker Peter Norvig (Director of Research, Google) will present on Friday, March 15 at 4:45pm.

Featured speakers include Piotr Mitros (Chief Scientist, edX), Carina Wong (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Lal Jones-Bey (Coursera), John Rinderle (Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University), Gabe Kleinman (IDEO), Marti Hearst (Professor, UC Berkeley), Suzanne Howard (IDEO), Pieter Abbeel (Professor and edX instructor, UC Berkeley) and Christian Simm (Executive Director and Founder, swissnex San Francisco). See symposium website for a full list of speaker biographies.

Registration is now open at http://ciioe.eventbrite.com/. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, we encourage you to register early.

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media. Co-presented by the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, with support from the UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning, the Banatao Institute @ CITRIS Berkeley, and the Office of the President.

To close our conference with a real service, we are planning a Hackathon for Sunday March 17. The subject of this Hackathon is how to build an app that supports access to the UC schools for K-12 students. For more information, see the Hackathon page at learningmode.org.