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Will MOOCs Pass the Test? Evaluating These New Online Courses

By American Institutes for Research

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 · 9:30 - 11am EDT


American Council on Education 1 Dupont Circle Northwest Washington, D.C., DC 20036


Universities and colleges are stepping up and into the delivery of classes and information through massive open online courses by partnering with such providers as Udemy, Coursera, edX and Udacity to offer classes. Some supporters call MOOCs game changers for higher education, even though little is yet known about their effectiveness or about claims made about equity, access, and cost savings.

Join the American Council on Education and the American Institutes for Research for a discussion of fresh thinking about MOOCs and their potential to spur real change in educational service delivery. Panelists will tackle such questions as what data and analytics are needed to answer questions about impact and effectiveness, how to use the data to drive policy and practice, and what additional research is needed to gauge MOOC’s efficacy.


Jessica Heppen, Principal Research Analyst, Education Program, AIR

Andrew Ng, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Coursera (via video conference)

Cathy Sandeen , Vice President, Education Attainment and Innovation, ACE

Karen Vignare, Associate Provost, the Center for Innovation in Learning, University of Maryland University College


Gina Burkhardt, Executive Vice President and Director, Education Program, AIR

A light breakfast will be served before the event.

About the organizer

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce.

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