Digital Innovations and the Search for Efficiency and Quality

Opening Night Forum
Wednesday January 22, 2014 7:00pm to 8:30pm

As interest grows in increasing efficiencies in higher education, what are the implications for the quality of teaching and learning? What is the role of MOOCs and other new technologies in potentially increasing both efficiencies and quality learning? How has the need for new sources of revenue altered the academic and civic missions of colleges and universities? How do we reconcile the momentum behind competency-based education, online learning, and digital badges with consistent evidence that high-impact educational practices such as research, field-based learning, and creative projects help students persist in college and achieve at higher levels?

What does quality learning mean in today’s global context and what will our institutions look like tomorrow?

Panelists will lead a wide-ranging exploration of how we might use the evidence of what works in student learning to draw educationally productive innovations from the digital revolution.

8:30-10:00 p.m.

Please join us for AAC&U's Welcoming Reception immediately following the Opening Night Forum


Moderator:  Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed


Cathrael (Kate) Kazin
Chief Academic Officer
College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
Karen Head
Assistant Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication, and Director of the Communication Center; Blogger on Georgia Tech's MOOC for The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus
The Georgia Institute of Technology
Aaron Bady
Postdoctoral Fellow; Editor, The New Inquiry, and author of its post, "The MOOC Moment and the End of Reform"
University of Texas, Austin
Josh Jarrett
Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer