J-WEL Webinar, "Learning @ Scale 2020 Conference Program Preview" Aug. 5, 2020 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "Learning @ Scale 2020 Conference Program Preview" Aug. 5, 2020

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Date and Time
August 5, 2020, online
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

How to join: Please register here.

Webinar description

The ACM Learning at Scale conference this year features an exciting and timely program: five research paper sessions, two work-in-progress/demo sessions, a keynote speech by Katie Davis on “What My Little Pony Can Teach Us About Interest-Driven Learning”, and a fireside chat on “Ethics in Learning @ Scale” with Candace Thille (moderator), Ellen Wagner, Stephanie Teasley, Sidney D’Mello. This year’s conference also features eight workshops on topics ranging from designing inclusive learning environments to developing a chatbot. In this webinar we will preview parts of the program and talk about the role of learning at scale today. 

Please also see the L@S 2020 conference website.

This webinar is part of our Learning@Scale series.

About our speakers

Rene F. Kizilcec

Assistant Professor, Cornell Information Science
Director, Future of Learning Lab
Cornell University

Rene Kizilcec is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University, where he directs the Future of Learning Lab. His research is on the impact of digital technologies in formal and informal learning contexts and scalable interventions to broaden participation, raise academic performance, and reduce achievement gaps. Kizilcec is known for his research in Learning Analytics on understanding and supporting learners in open-scale courses such as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. He also works on developing methods for the design and analysis of experiments. His research has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Educational Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Computers & Education, and in the proceedings of leading human-computer interaction and education conferences; his work received multiple ACM Best Paper awards and competitive research fellowships.

Kizilcec received a BA in Philosophy and Economics from University College London, and an MSc in Statistics and PhD in Communication from Stanford, with a thesis on designing psychologically welcoming online learning environments, which was awarded the Nathan Maccoby Outstanding Dissertation Award. Prior to joining Cornell, he was a research scientist in Facebook’s Core Data Science team, research director in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and research professor at Arizona State University.

Susan Rundell Singer

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Rollins College

Susan Rundell Singer is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Rollins College. Previously, she was Division Director for Undergraduate Education at NSF and Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, in the Biology and Cognitive Science programs at Carleton College. She pursues a career that integrates science and education focused on improving undergraduate education at scale. Her current, NSF-funded research is investigating networks of organizations working to advance undergraduate STEM education. In addition to a PhD in biology from Rensselaer, she completed a teacher certification program in New York State. Susan is a AAAS fellow and received both the American Society of Plant Biology teaching award and Botanical Society of America Charles Bessey award.

She directed Carleton’s Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, was an NSF program officer in Biology, and is a co-author of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology report and two introductory biology texts. Susan has served on numerous boards, including the NSF Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Board, the American Society of Plant Biologists Education Foundation Board, the Botanical Society Board of Directors, and was a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Board on Science Education. She is past chair of the AAAS Education Section. Currently, Susan is an AAU Senior Scholar for the Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative and serves on both the NASEM Board on Life Sciences and Roundtable on Systematic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. She has participated in six NASEM studies, including chairing the committees that authored America’s Lab Report, Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education, and Discipline-based Education Research.

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 09:00

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