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Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium

Join Georgia Tech Professional Education for an intensive virtual and in-person conversation on the current- and future-state of at-scale programs based on successful implementations in the U.S. and around the globe.

Topics explored include:

  • Quality, brand, and rankings
  • Market analysis and marketing
  • To scale or not to scale
  • Design and delivery at-scale
  • New models of credentials and degree pathways
  • edX and Coursera communities of practice sessions

Special Discounts

  • An in-person discount is available for Georgia Tech employees. Please fill out this form to receive the coupon code.
  • A 20% discount is available for groups of five or more. Please email Robin Finey for more information.

PROGRAM

  • MONDAY | NOV. 1
  • TUESDAY | NOV. 2
  • WEDNESDAY | NOV. 3
MONDAY | NOV. 1

Symposium Sessions

3:00-3:10 p.m. ET | 7:00-7:10 UTC
Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Yakut Gazi, Ph.D., Georgia Tech Professional Education

3:10-4:00 p.m. ET | 7:10-8:00 UTC
Opening Keynote: Leading Quality at-Scale and Across the Lifelong Continuum

  • Deb Adair, Ph.D., Quality Matters

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET | 8:00-9:00 UTC
12,000 and 5,000 Students into the OMS Computer Science and OMS Analytics Programs: A Health Check

  • Joel Sokol, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • David Joyner, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology 

5:30-7:00 p.m. ET (In-Person Attendees)
Informal Dinner

 

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TUESDAY | NOV. 2

Symposium Sessions

9:00-9:05 a.m. ET | 1:00-1:05 UTC
Opening Remarks

  • Troy Courville, Ph.D. Georgia Tech Professional Education

9:05-10:30 a.m. ET | 1:05-2:30 UTC
Quality, Brand, and Rankings

  • Deb Adair, Ph.D., Quality Matters©  
  • MJ Bishop, Ed.D., University System of Maryland

10:30-10:45 a.m. | 2:30-2:45 UTC
Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC
Market Analysis and Marketing

  • Mont Rogers, Georgia Tech Professional Education 
  • Kim Scalzo, The State University System of New York 
  • Lisa Montiel, Ph.D., The State University System of New York 

12:00-1:00 p.n. ET | 4:00-5:00 UTC
Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | 5:00-6:00 UTC
To Scale or Not to Scale?: Financial and Academic Aspects

  •  Jennifer Wooley, Georgia Tech Professional Education 
  •  Pat Kelsey, Georgia Tech Professional Education 

2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | 6:00-7:00 UTC
Panel: Diplomas Disrupted? The Evolution and Impact of Stackable Credentials

  • Carissa Little, Stanford University (Host)
  • Anant Agarwal, Ph.D., edX
  • Quentin McAndrew, Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Mitchell Stevens, Stanford University

3:00-3:30 p.m. ET | 7:00-7:30 UTC
Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC
edX and Coursera Communities of Practice

Convening of the edX Community of Practice

  • Karen Flammer, Ph.D., University of California-San Diego
  • Jim Hall, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ali Ogilvie, University of Adelaide
  • Paul Walsh, University System of Maryland

Convening of the Coursera Community of Practice

  • Brooke Elliott, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Norma Scagnoli, Ph.D., Northeastern University

4:30-5:00 p.m. ET | 8:30-9:00 UTC
Combined edX and Coursera Communities of Practice Session

5:30-7:00 p.m. ET (In-Person Attendees)
Reception

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WEDNESDAY | NOV. 3

Symposium Sessions

9:00-9:45 a.m. ET | 1:00-1:45 UTC
Fireside Chat with President Echambadi

  • Nelson Baker, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (Host)
  • Raj Echambadi, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

9:45-10:00 a.m. ET | 1:45-2:00 UTC
Break

10:00-10:45 a.m. ET | 2:00-2:45 UTC
Communities of Practice Read-Out

10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC
Insights from Higher Education Media

  • Yakut Gazi, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (Host)
  • Paul Fain, The Job newsletter and Work Shift
  • Michael Feldstein, e-Literate 
  • Phil Hill,  PhilOnEdTech blog and MindWires, LLC 
  • Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed 

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET | 3:45-4:00 UTC
Closing Remarks

Post-Symposium Workshops

1:00-3:15 p.m. ET | 5:00-7:15 UTC
Design and Delivery at-Scale

  • Christie Hayes, Georgia Tech  Professional Education 
  • John Tubbs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
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In-Person Symposium Location

The in-person symposium will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Midtown Atlanta in the heart of Tech Square - Atlanta's thriving innovation community. Easily accessible from Interstates 75/85 and just 15 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Attached to the Center is The Tech Square parking deck that offers convenient hourly and daily rates.

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Outside shot of the Global Learning Center

SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

Deb Adair, Executive Director of Quality Matters
Deb Adair, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Quality Matters

Monday, Nov. 1
3:10-4:00 p.m. ET | 7:10-8:00 UTC
Opening Keynote: "Leading Quality at-Scale and Across the Lifelong Continuum"

Tuesday, Nov. 2
9:00-10:30 a.m. ET | 1:00-2:30 UTC "Quality, Brand, and Rankings"

Anant Agarwal, Ph.D.
Anant Agarwal, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
Founder and CEO, edX

Tuesday, Nov. 2
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | 6:00-7:00 UTC

Panel: "Diplomas Disrupted? The Evolution and Impact of Stackable Credentials"

Nelson Baker, dean of professional education
Nelson Baker, Ph.D.
Dean of Professional Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

Wednesday, Nov. 3
9:00-9:45 a.m. ET | 1:00-1:45 UTC

Host for "Fireside Chat with President Echambadi"

MJ Bishop, University System of Maryland
MJ Bishop, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Director
William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

Tuesday, Nov. 2
9:00-10:30 a.m. ET | 1:00-2:30 UTC
"Quality, Brand, and Rankings"

Troy Courville, Ph.D.
Troy Courville, Ph.D.
Director of Learning Design and Analytics
Georgia Tech Professional Education

Tuesday, November 3
9:00-9:05 a.m. ET | 1:00-1:05 UTC

Opening Remarks

Raj Echambadi, Illinois Institute of Technology
Raj Echambadi, Ph.D.
President
Illinois Institute of Technology

Wednesday, Nov. 3
9:00-9:45 a.m. ET | 1:00-1:45 UTC

"Fireside Chat with President Echambadi"

Brooke Elliott, University of Illinois
Brooke Elliott, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and EY Professor
Gies College of Businesss
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

Coursera Communities of Practice Moderator

Paul Fain
Paul Fain
Journalist, author of The Job newsletter and co-founder of Work Shift

Wednesday, Nov. 3
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Insights from Higher Education Media"

Michael Feldstein, e-Literate
Michael Feldstein
Chief Accountability Officer
e-Literate

Wednesday, Nov. 3
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Insights from Higher Education Media"

Karen Flammer, Ph.D.
Karen Flammer, Ph.D.
Director, Digital Learning
University of California-San Diego

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

edX Communities of Practice Moderator

Yakut Gazi, associate dean of learning systems
Yakut Gazi, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Leaning Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, Nov. 1
3:00-3:10 p.m. ET | 7:00-7:10 UTC
"Welcome and Opening Remarks"

Wednesday, Nov. 3
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC
Host for "Insights from Higher Education Media"

Jim Hall, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jim Hall. Ph.D.
Dean of University Studies
Executive Director SOIS
Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

edX Communities of Practice Moderator

Christie Hayes, Georgia Tech Professional Education
Christie Hayes
Manager of Instructional Design
Georgia Tech Professional Education

Wednesday, Nov. 3
1:00-3:15 p.m. ET | 5:00-7:15 UTC

Post-Symposium Workshop: "Design and Delivery at-Scale"

Phil Hill
Phil Hill
Publisher, PhilOnEdTech blog
Partner, MindWires, LLC

Wednesday, Nov. 3
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Insights from Higher Education Media"

David Joyner
David Joyner, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Online Education & OMSCS
Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, Nov. 1
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET | 8:00-9:00 UTC

"12,000 and 5,000 Students into the OMS Computer Science and OMS Analytics Programs: A Health Check"

Pat Kelsey, Georgia Tech Professional Education
Pat Kelsey
Director of Decision Support
Georgia Tech Professional Education

Tuesday, Nov. 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | 5:00-6:00 UTC

"To Scale or Not to Scale?: Financial and Academic Aspects"

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Doug Lederman
Editor and Co-Founder
Inside Higher Ed

Wednesday, Nov. 3
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Insights from Higher Education Media"

Carissa Little
Carissa Little
Associate Dean, Global and Online Education, School of Engineering Executive Director, Stanford Center for Professional Development

Tuesday, Nov. 2
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | 6:00-7:00 UTC

Panel: "Diplomas Disrupted? The Evolution and Impact of Stackable Credentials"

Quentin McAndrew
Quentin McAndrew, Ph.D.
Academic Strategist, Coursera
Former Asst. Vice Provost & Executive Director, Strategic Transformation, University of Colorado-Boulder

Tuesday, Nov. 2
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | 6:00-7:00 UTC

Panel: "Diplomas Disrupted? The Evolution and Impact of Stackable Credentials"

Ali Ogilvie
Ali Ogilvie
Associate Director, Online Programs
University of Adelaide

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

edX Communities of Practice Moderator

Mont Rogers
Mont Rogers
Senior Marketing Research Analyst
Georgia Tech Professional Education

Tuesday, Nov. 2
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Market Analysis and Marketing"

Norma Scagnoli
Norma Scagnoli, Ph.D.
Asst. Vice Chancellor of Enterprise Learning Innovation
Northeastern University

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

Coursera Communities of Practice Moderator

Kim Scalzo, SUNY
Kim Scalzo
Executive Director, Open SUNY and Interim Executive Director, Academic Technologies and Information Services
The State University System of New York

Tuesday, Nov. 2
10:45-11:45 a.m. ET | 2:45-3:45 UTC

"Market Analysis and Marketing"

Joel Sokol
Joel Sokol, Ph.D.
Professor, ISyE
Director, Interdisciplinary Master
of Science in Analytics
Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, Nov. 1
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET | 8:00-9:00 UTC

"12,000 and 5,000 Students into the OMS Computer Science and OMS Analytics Programs: A Health Check"

Mitchell Stevens
Mitchell Stevens
Professor of Education (by courtesy)
Sociology at Stanford University
Co-Lead, the Stanford Pathways

Tuesday, Nov. 2
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | 6:00-7:00 UTC

Panel: "Diplomas Disrupted? The Evolution and Impact of Stackable Credentials"

John Tubbs
John Tubbs
Director of Digital Media
Gies School of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, Nov. 3
1:00-3:15 p.m. ET | 5:00-7:15 UTC

Post-Symposium Workshop: "Design and Delivery at-Scale"

Paul Wash
Paul Walsh
USMx Program Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
University System of Maryland

Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET | 7:30-8:30 UTC

edX Communities of Practice Moderator

Jennifer Wooley
Jennifer Wooley
Director, Professional and Academic Programs
Georgia Tech Professional Education

Tuesday, Nov. 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | 5:00-6:00 UTC

"To Scale or Not to Scale?: Financial and Academic Aspects"

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