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Podcast: IT as a Core Academic Competence
Speaker: Clay Shirky, Faculty, New York University
For half a millennium, paper has been at the center of the academic enterprise, not just conceptually but architecturally, with many campuses arranged with the library at their center. Now, though, the core academic functions of collaboration, publication, dissemination, and argument are being virtualized. This change challenges many organizational and cultural assumptions, and moves the role of information and communication technology from a support function into the center of the academic enterprise.
Podcast: Academic Completion in a Lifelong Learning Universe: What's That?
Speaker: Peter Smith, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategies and Development, Kaplan University Corporate Office
Information technology is having a profound impact on our ability to support improved persistence, attainment, and completion for adult learners. Improved metrics, reduced time to and cost of degrees, and better assessments are permanent changes in the education landscape. IT also has changed the meaning of completion from a fixed objective in time to a repeating cycle with multiple "end points" in the learner's life. I will analyze this new meaning of completion and its implications for workplace education, accreditation, financial aid, and the academic calendar as well as the higher education economic model.
Podcast: Teaching in an Age of Plenty
Speaker: Theodore Gray, Co-founder, Wolfram Research, Inc.
The practice and profession of teaching developed in the presence of a great scarcity of knowledge. Ubiquitous information and ever more powerful search and knowledge engines have changed the proper role of universities, publishers, and education professionals. The diversity of empowering resources available to students has fundamentally changed their relationship to knowledge. Novel thinking is required to create learning materials and venues for this new world.
Podcast: MOOCs: The Coming Revolution?
Podcast: edX: A Breakthrough in Online Learning
Speaker: Anne Margulies, Chief Information Officer, Harvard University
Harvard and MIT joined forces to launch edX, an open online platform aimed at improving teaching through research and expanding access to quality education around the world. After decades of mixed results in online learning across higher education, edX represents an extraordinary partnership that will bring some of the best professors in the world to students around the globe. We will discuss the historic context that set the stage for this effort and the ways this model will shape online learning in the years ahead.
Podcast: The Digital Preservation Network
Speaker: James L. Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Virginia
This session will address the progress occurring in launching the Digital Preservation Network. With more than 50 institutional members, DPN builds on the higher education community's current preservation efforts by creating a federated preservation network, owned by and for the academy, which will provide secure digital archiving of the scholarly and cultural record. At the heart of DPN is a commitment to replicate the data and metadata of research and scholarship across diverse software architectures, organizational structures, geographic regions, and political environments. Replication diversity, combined with succession rights management, will ensure that future generations have access to today's discoveries and insights.
Podcast: The "New Normal" and the Need for Adaptation in Higher Education
Speaker: Kimberly Tuby, Vice President/Senior Credit Officer, Moody's
The "New Normal" and the Need for Adaptation in Higher Education This session will focus on some of the new realities facing management teams and boards of U.S. colleges and universities. These challenges include slowed revenue growth, continued evolution of educational delivery formats, growing demand for organization transparency, and increased need for operating efficiency and partnerships.
Podcast: Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Student Success
Speaker: Tristan Denley, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Austin Peay State University
As provost of a regional university, Tristan Denley has pioneered a wide variety of initiatives to improve college completion and students' academic success. These ideas stretch from institutional transformation and course redesign in a variety of disciplines, to the role of predictive analytics and data mining in higher education. His most recent work has created a course recommendation system that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and program of study for upcoming semesters. This system, which combines hundreds of thousands of past students' grades with each student's transcript to make individualized recommendations for current students, was an award winner at this year's IMS Global Learning Impact Awards.
Podcast: Disrupting College
Speaker: Michael B. Horn, Education Executive Director, Innosight Institute
In his remarks, Michael Horn will discuss how disruptive innovations—known more broadly as online learning—are emerging with the promise to make postsecondary education more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality to students across the world. He will analyze what these trends may mean for the future of higher education and a variety of institutions, as well as how they may shift the policy landscape.