OLI Director Candace Thille will be participating in a major event at UCLA in California on Tuesday, January 8.

The event is titled “Rebooting Higher Education: Leveraging Innovations in Online Education to Improve Cost Effectiveness and Increase Quality,” and will bring together participants including California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sebastian Thrun of Udacity, Burck Smith of StraighterLine and features an introduction by Salman Kahn of Kahn Academy.

This event will be live broadcast on 20mm.org.

Ms. Thille’s hope is that the participants will address a number of important issues regarding the use of technology for effective changes in higher education:

“Rather than using information technology to mimic or scale typical classroom teaching methods, I hope the participants will begin to discuss how to use emerging technologies to effectively re-engineer the teaching and learning process as a whole.  We have the opportunity to address large-scale societal issues in higher education while simultaneously making progress in our fundamental understanding of human learning.


Another issue we need to address is balancing institutional competition and collaboration.  Many higher education pundits believe that the competitive nature of American higher education is a key reason that many American research universities are the best in the world. However, pursuing innovation in teaching and in education research are areas in which, I believe, we can make progress more rapidly through a better balance between competition and large-scale collaboration.”

More information about the event can be found here.

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