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Questions We’ll be Exploring in Our Upcoming Symposium – 24th January 2019

During our podcast series, we’ve explored a number of themes related to the online learning landscape: governance, new ways of teaching and learning, increasing access to education, higher education, primary and secondary schooling, and enabling technologies, among others.

In each of these episodes, we’ve identified some key questions we’d like to take forward with us to our virtual symposium scheduled for 24th January 2019 from 2pm – 6pm CET. Here, we summarize the questions we plan to take forward to our symposium.

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Governance and the Online Learning Landscape – Episode 1
•  How do you conceive of governance of online education?
•  What role does self-governance play in your thinking about online learning?

New Ways of Teaching and Learning: An Online Professional Development Program (US) – Episode 2 Part 1
•  How can we establish legitimacy in online non-formal education – is it through demonstrated impact?
•  When you look at online learning programs that fall under the category of non-formal education, who are the real stakeholders involved? And is the network broader than it first appears?

New Ways of Teaching and Learning: An Online Program for Entrepreneurs (Spain) – Episode 2 Part 2
•  What is the difference between a for-profit social enterprise and a for-profit company?
•  Do the missions of these companies differ and what effect does this distinction have on education?
•  And do we need to re-think some of the traditional measurements we use to assess educational impact? If so, which aspects need to be measured?

Improving Global Access to Education:  Kiron Open Higher Education for Refugees (Germany) – Episode 3 Part 1
•  Could the Kiron model, which really focuses on preparing international students to attend higher education, also be applied to a traditional university system?
•  What will it take to continue to legitimize online education not only in Jordan and Lebanon, but throughout the world?

Improving Access to Education in India: Quest Alliance (India) – Episode 3 Part 2
•  How can organizations in the online learning space maintain and develop partnerships? And what are some good practices?
•  What role can online learning programs play in changing mindsets about the objectives of education and employment possibilities?
•  What factors are needed to both exponentially scale and maintain high quality education?

Online Higher Education: Experiences Learning and Teaching Online – Episode 4 Part 1
•  On the individual level, what qualities does a person need to be a successful online learner?
•  Are there some people for whom online education is unsuitable?
•  How are online programs going to grapple with differing free speech requirements?

Online Higher Education: Administration and Governance – Episode 4 Part 2 (Coming Soon)
•  What would a more streamlined, cost-effective higher education system look like, and how would curricula, pedagogies, and the roles of professor and student evolve accordingly?
•  What does faculty compensation and work load at online institutions look like today, and what could it look like in the future?
•  Are enabling technologies restricting or allowing for more creative teaching? 

Online Schooling and Data Privacy – Episode 5 (Coming Soon)
•  What actions need to be taken to better protect and secure student data privacy?
•  What types of safeguards need to be in place to ensure algorithms are not mis-used?
•  What initiatives, if any, exist to update FERPA to address data privacy and online education in the United States at the K-to-12 level?

Enabling Technologies and the Future of Online Education – Episode 6 (Coming Soon)
•  With the integration of artificial intelligence into future textbooks, what will the curricula and course development processes of the future look like?
•  If we’re looking to make teachers stewards of technology in the future, what is the profile of a future teacher? And how will teacher training programs need to evolve to accommodate this new role?
•  What does it mean to own your own data? How does owning this data change how you interact online?
•  As new technologies are developed and play a larger role in online education and its governance, how will laws and regulations need to evolve to address these changes in how people are educated today?


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