Presidents of German universities met with experts from ACE and other U.S. organizations on Aug. 30 during a bilateral meeting of higher education leaders entitled “Beyond Frontiers: Innovation in Online Higher Education/Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)."
The roundtable, held in San Francisco, was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. ACE President Molly Corbett Broad offered opening remarks and led the discussion.
Representing the United States were Paulette Altmaier, head of education partnerships for the Khan Academy; John Mitchell, vice provost for online learning at Stanford University (CA); Mohammad Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University (CA); and Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, among others.
Among the German discussants were Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Horst Hippler, president of the German Rectors' Conference; Helmut Schwarz, president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Margret Wintermantel, president of the German Academic Exchange Service; and many heads of German universities from regions across the country.
Among the topics discussed were the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs; the two-three year outlook for MOOCs, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and other technology; and the sustainability of the online learning business model.