Special Events

Learning Mode: Critical Issues in Online Education

Special Events
14 Mar, 2013

Learning Mode: Critical Issues in Online Education

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.

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.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. You may register at

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, the University of California Office of the President, and the Daily Californian.

Online registration is now full, however please feel free to register for the wait list. Because this is a free event, we expect there will be some open tickets at the door. If you are on the wait list we recommend arriving to the event early to line up, so that you may claim any open tickets on a first come, first served basis. Once attendees on the wait list have been accommodated, we will release any open tickets to non-registered attendees on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us with any questions or special needs at

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