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MOOCs and the Completion Agenda

Lessons in Learning, Assessment and Application

May 28, 2013

​Throughout the higher education community, questions continue to swirl about massive open online courses (MOOCs). How are students benefiting by participating in MOOCs? In what ways are colleges and universities integrating MOOCs into their curricula? How can we effectively assess the quality of MOOC learning experiences?

Panelists explored the opportunities and challenges that come from incorporating MOOC learning experiences into college curricula. The webinar also offered examples of MOOC integration currently taking place on college campuses.



Daphne Koller
Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education accessible to everyone around the world, for free. In her research life, Daphne works in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to computer vision, systems biology, and personalized medicine. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range of disciplines, and has given over a dozen keynote talks at major conferences. She is the recipient of many awards, which include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. She is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.
Elizabeth Allan
Dr. Elizabeth Allan is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Coordinator of the Secondary Science Education Program. She serves as the Director of the Central Oklahoma Science Fair. Dr. Allan has developed and taught on-line, blended, and face-to-face courses in both Biology and Science Teaching Methodology.
Before returning to Oklahoma in 2005, Dr. Allan was the Director of the Western Carolina Center for Mathematics and Science Education, a part of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network. She has been a classroom teacher in Oklahoma, California, and North Carolina.
Dr. Allan is the Retiring President for the National Science Education Leadership Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association. She has been an ACE reviewer for the MIVER program, ACE CREDIT, and a Military Evaluation reviewer.
Dr. Allan earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Oklahoma and her Masters and PhD from the University of California, Riverside.
Barbara Illowsky
Barbara Illowsky is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at De Anza College in California. She is currently on reassignment and working in the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento where she serves as the Director of the Basic Skills Initiative and oversees Middle College High School grantees. Barbara is the immediate past president of the California Mathematics Council, Community Colleges. She is co-author of the open textbook Collaborative Statistics, a prototype for Rice University’s Connexions and that has documented student savings of over $1,000,000. The first project director of the Community Colleges Consortium for Open Educational Resources and an early developer of open educational resources to make college affordable, Barbara has continued to push for digital interactivity to improve student learning outcomes. Earlier this month, Barbara received the 2013 (international) Educator Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE). In winter 2014, she plans to teach an introductory, descriptive, not-for-credit statistics MOOC.
Barbara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from State University of New York at Albany, a Master’s Degree in Statistics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D./Doctoral Degree in Education: Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

Michelle Pilati
Dr. Pilati is a psychology professor at Rio Hondo College and is also the current president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges ( She has taught online for many years and is passionate about student success at community colleges. While serving as the Distance Education Coordinator on her campus she worked to improve Rio Hondo’s online program, leading efforts to increase retention in existing courses, ensure compliance with 508 guidelines, facilitate student access to student services, and increase the diversity of the college’s online offerings. She was active with MERLOT ( for many years and was a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching and one of its editors for many years.

Cathy Sandeen
Cathy Sandeen is currently Vice President for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, a position she has held beginning January 2013.
In this role, she oversees ACE’s national agenda to support the return the United States to preeminence in postsecondary educational attainment, including coordination among national and international leaders from across higher education, foundations, business, and government. She also oversees ACE’s Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, including major grant programs, federal contracts, fee for service activities, partnerships, and development of new initiatives. She serves on the executive leadership team for ACE, the nation’s largest and most visible association representing all sectors of higher education.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Sandeen served as dean of continuing education and UCLA Extension at the University of California Los Angeles. Serving over 50,000 students per year, UCLA Extension is one of the nation’s largest programs serving nontraditional students with a variety of innovative programs.
Dr. Sandeen has over 22 years of experience in continuing education and professional development at three University of California campuses. Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Sandeen served for six years as Vice Provost and Dean of University Extension and Summer Session at University of California Santa Cruz. There she focused on strengthening ties with Silicon Valley companies and governmental and community organizations and expanded international programs and partnerships. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Sandeen held several positions at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Sandeen has held leadership positions in the University Professional Continuing Education Association and other professional organizations, has published and presented on various aspects of serving the needs of nontraditional students, and has received major grants. She is the 2009 recipient of the Research and Scholarship Award by the University Professional Continuing Education Association. Dr. Sandeen earned a PhD in Communication from the University of Utah and an MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2010-11.




ACE is grateful to The Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation for the opportunity to provide this webinar to higher education institutions across the U.S.


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
1:00-2:30 p.m. (EST)


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