On May 13, 2020 some of the leading innovators in online education gathered together to discuss the future possibilities of at-scale learning at the Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Virtual Symposium. This signature event, hosted by Yakut Gazi, associate dean of Learning Systems, was planned to take place at the University of California-Davis. After COVID-19 closed campuses nationwide and abrupt transitions to remote delivery ensued, leadership recognized the importance of re-imagining this conversation for the current setting. Six speakers and over 150 attendees came together virtually to share and hear some of the most inspiring and insightful messages looking to the future of at-scale learning.
Nelson Baker, dean of professional education at Georgia Tech, kicked off the symposium with a few wise words and calls to action to the academic world in the midst of the present global situation. Rovy Branon, vice provost of Continuum College, posed several “I wonder” questions and thinking points to help others think differently about online education. Susan Catron, dean of continuing and professional education at the University of California-Davis, spoke on the ever-increasing importance on online degrees at scale, especially in this economically turbulent crisis. “There’s never been a more important time than now to think about scaling for the workforce,” said Catron.
Tracy Tan, director of MicroMasters at MIT, described the MicroMasters program and explained how it is uniquely benefitting the workforce of today. Finally, Charles Isbell, dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, brought to light some important points about online at-scale education, its advantages, and its potential. “Scale is not about size,” said Isbell. “Scale is about connectivity, and connectivity is about network.”
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