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Tuesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 202: Can MOOCs Help Improve STEM Education?

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Millions of people around the world are now able to get free online access to courses produced by some of the top universities in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, some schools are refining the online model to enable students to have access to a wider range of for-credit courses taught by professors at leading universities. Boosters suggest these courses could reduce the cost of higher education as fewer teachers are needed, increase access to the best university minds, help stimulate technological advances, and build communities of learners. But will they fulfill their promise? This panel, which will consist of several key creators and providers of such massive open online courses (MOOCs), will discuss the rapidly developing trend while addressing crucial questions about how MOOCs might help fill the STEM pipeline.


Moderators
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Jack Ford

Co-Founder, AmericanEDtv, CBS News Legal Analyst
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, nationally recognized trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was a three-year starter on the varsity football team, to the Fordham University School of Law, where he helped finance his legal education with winnings from three... Read More →

Speakers
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Richard A. DeMillo, Ph.D.

Director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Institute of Technology
Richard A. DeMillo is a Distinguished Professor of Computing and the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. DeMillo returned to academia in 2002 as the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech after a career as an executive in industry and government. Previously, he was chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard, vice president and general manager in charge of information... Read More →
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David W. Leebron

President, Rice University
David W. Leebron became Rice University’s seventh president in 2004. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Over the past eight years, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, enhanced the vibrancy of the campus with $800 million in new construction, extended its research endeavors and international presence, deepened its relationship with its home... Read More →
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Andrew Ng

Co-Founder, Coursera, Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Associate Professor Computer Science Department, Stanford University
Andrew Ng is the co-founder of Coursera and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera in January 2012. Through Coursera, Ng's goal is to give everyone in the world access... Read More →
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Scott Smith

Senior Vice President, Human Resources Operations, AT&T
Mr. Smith was appointed to his current role of Sr. Vice President of Human Resources Operations for AT&T in October 2011. In this role, Mr. Smith primarily oversees Learning Services, Talent Acquisition, International HR Operations and HR support for all mergers and acquisitions. | | In his prior role, Mr. Smith was Vice President of Staffing where hemerged several legacy staffing organizations, employment branding, hiring processes and... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A