March 5, 2015


Conversations on Quality  •  January 24-25, 2012  •  MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
By Invitation Only

All sessions are being held at Le Meridien, Cambridge  •  20 Sidney Street

January 24, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Daniel Hastings, MIT
8:35 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Overview
Emily Dalton Smith, Gates Foundation, and Vijay Kumar, MIT
8:50 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Quality Courses: Immersive Gaming or Focused Tutoring
Jim Gee, Arizona State University
Kurt VanLehn, Arizona State University

Moderator: Eric Klopfer, MIT
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Assessing Quality: Learner Analytics or Human Intuition
Bror Saxberg, Kaplan, Inc.
Moderator: David Pritchard, MIT
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scaling Quality Across Multiple Dimensions
Cathy Casserly, Creative Commons
Judy Codding, Pearson Foundation
Chris Dede, Harvard University

Moderator: Vijay Kumar, MIT
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Practical Case for Quality: The Teacher and Student Perspective
Teacher: Dana Dyer, Aviation High School
Teacher: Mitch Leffler, Sammamish High School
Student: Dominic Griff, Sammamish High School
Student: Royce Le, Aviation High School
Student: Katie McConville, Aviation High School
Student: Jenna Winter, Sammamish High School
Graduate Student: Katie Van Horne, University of Washington
Graduate Student: Paul Teske, University of Washington

Moderator: Philip Bell, University of Washington
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Summary and Workshop Plans
Kim Thanos
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop Group Meetings
Theme One: Designing High-Quality Courses
Workshop Leaders:
Cecilia d’Oliveira, MIT
Robert Torres, Gates Foundation

Theme Two: Assessing Quality of Online Courses
Workshop Leaders:
David Pritchard, MIT
Ed Dierterle, Gates Foundation

Theme Three: Scaling High-Quality Online Learning
Workshop Leaders:
Vijay Kumar, MIT
Emily Dalton Smith, Gates Foundation

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception at the MIT Museum
January 25, 2012 Revised
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The Opportunity and Challenge of Pervasive Quality
Jim Shelton, U.S. Department of Education
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshop Group Meetings – Finish Memos and Posters
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop Results
Designing High-Quality Courses
Workshop Groups

Assessing Quality of Online Courses
Workshop Groups

Scaling High-Quality Online Learning
Workshop Groups

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Closing and Next Steps
Emily Dalton Smith, Gates Foundation
Vijay Kumar, MIT
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