The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is pleased to announce
the upcoming public forum

Cloud Over the Campus:
MOOCs, On-line Degrees and Other 21st Century Great Expectations

Ann Kirschner
University Dean, Macaulay Honors College
The City University of New York

Catharine R. Stimpson
University Professor and Dean Emerita
New York University 

Christopher Hoadley
Associate Professor and Co-Director
Educational Technology Programs
New York University

E-learning is one of the most burning issues in education today -- and it will shape the future. But what is the actual experience of taking a technology-enabled course? In Spring 2012, two leading educators threw aside their usual routines and became students again. Ann Kirschner, the Dean of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York and the founding president of Fathom, signed up for a University of Pennsylvania course offered through Coursera. Catharine R. Stimpson, Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University and University Professor, became a "Phoenix" and took an on-line class at the University of Phoenix. They will describe what they learned, and their surprises -- pleasant and unpleasant. Their very personal accounts will become a platform for new perspectives about being a part of the 21st century classroom.

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Event Details:
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:00pm-6:30pm
Lipton Hall
110 West Third Street
New York University
School of Law

Light refreshments

Ann Kirschner began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University, where she earned a Ph.D in English. Her career as an entrepreneur in media and technology included the creation of satellite and internet businesses for the National Football League and Columbia University’s online education company, Fathom. A frequent contributor to conferences and publications, Ann Kirschner was named one of New York Magazine’s Millennium New Yorkers and honored as a distinguished graduate of Princeton University and University of Buffalo. She serves on the Board of Directors of ApolloPublic Agenda, and the Princeton University Graduate School Leadership Council.

Catharine R. Stimpson is University Professor and Dean Emerita of New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Before joining NYU, she directed the MacArthur Foundation Fellows program, and  was at Rutgers University and Barnard College. She is a former president of the Modern Language Association,  chair of the New York State Humanities Council and the National Council for Research on Women, and  president of the Association of Graduate Schools. She has published a novel, and a number of works  about literature, feminism, and education. Stimpson earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University and received F! ulbright and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships.

Christopher Hoadley is associate professor in the Educational Communication and Technology Program and the Program in Digital Media Design for Learning. He has over 35 years experience designing and building educational technology, and has conducted research on technology, learning, and collaboration for over 20 years. Currently his research focuses on collaborative technologies and computer support for cooperative learning (CSCL). Hoadley is the director of dolcelab, the Laboratory for Design Of Learning, Collaboration & Experience. He is an affiliate scholar for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE) and was awarded a Fulbright for 2008-2009 in the South Asia Regional program to study educational technologies for sustainability and empowerment in rural Himalayan villages.


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