Talk about MOOCs: March 15

From the UW System Flex Degree to newly developed UW Madison MOOCs, there’s a lot of talk about online education around us.

Join us Friday evening, March 15, for a conversation with Anya Kamenetz.

HERE IS VIDEO OF THE EVENT! Provided by Wisconsin Eye


Anya is a senior writer at Fast Company magazine, where she writes the column “Life in Beta” about change, and the author of several books on the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with student loans, generational economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010) investigated innovations in technology and social media to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her latest eBook, The Edupunks’ Guide, (2011) is a first-of-its-kind resource for independent learners and the first-ever sponsored by the Gates Foundation. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post, received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing by the Village Voice in 2005. She speaks around the country and often gives commentary on NPR and other news networks. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, cat, and a baby on the way.


Two forward-leaning local leaders will be responding to Anya’s talk.

Kris Olds is Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His BA (Human Geography, 1986) and MA (Community and Regional Planning, 1988) are from the University of British Columbia in Canada, while his PhD (Human Geography, 1996) is from the University of Bristol in England. He has worked in England, Canada, Singapore (1997-2001), and the United States (2001 to present). He was also based at Sciences Po in Paris during his 2007-2008 sabbatical year.  Kris’ research focuses on the globalization of the services industries (including higher education) and their relationship to territorial development agendas and processes, especially at the city-region scale. Recent and ongoing research activities focus on the development of ‘global higher education hubs’ (especially with respect to Singapore), the external dimensions of the European Higher Education Area and European Research Area, and the global geopolitics and geoeconomics of higher education and research. He is co-founder and co-editor of GlobalHigherEd.

Chancellor Ray Cross is leader and chief administrator of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Cross is responsible for the academic, financial, development and administrative aspects of both institutions. He reports to the UW System president and Board of Regents From 1998 until coming to Wisconsin Cross was president of Morrisville State College, a residential agriculture and technology college of the State University of New York (SUNY). He led that school in developing and implementing a new college vision and strategic plan, which strengthened the institution’s academic quality, promoted the development of several new academic programs, integrated technology into all programs, encouraged entrepreneurialism and innovation, and established applied business centers throughout the college. Cross also spearheaded several agriculture, energy and technology initiatives, including the ThinkPad University partnership with IBM and a biodiesel co-generation project, and made rural entrepreneurship a priority. Cross received his doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University. He earned a master’s degree in industrial education at Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in technical education from Ferris State University. In 2007 Colgate University awarded Cross an honorary doctorate of science.

Interested in learning more about the controversies in this area before joining the event? Check out:

The Trouble with Online College  from the New York Times
Stop Polarizing the Moocs by Cathy Davidson

MOOCs and Hype Again by Larry Cuban

Anya’s Blog

And check out this great little piece from the State Journal on UW Madison #MOOCs and the importance of attending our event!




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