We can hardly deny that online education transforms many aspects of learning, knowledge, and validation. It also opens new opportunities for research. The Berkeley Center for New Media will host an interdisciplinary two-day symposium (March 15 and 16, 2013) about university-level online education that brings together scholars, educational media developers, students, and employers to explore and discuss critical issues in online education. 

Our panel speakers will share their diverse experiences with online education and examine from a variety of angles the conditions, opportunities, and tensions pertaining to learning online. Some questions that our panels will address include: Where do online education technologies currently disrupt on-campus education? Does online education work equally well for all disciplines, subjects and course levels? Should traditional on-campus experiences endure in online education settings, or is there space to construct new understandings of what it means to “go to campus”? Do new learning tools engender new literacies? Can online education create new opportunities for equitable access to education? 

Breaking News: The conference organizers added a presentation about Steinberg's new California Senate Bill SB 520: An Online Student Access Platform on Saturday 3/16/2013 at 1:00 PM. Senator Dean Florez of 20 Million Minds Foundation will be joining us for Panel 5. An open letter by the UC Berkeley Senate is linked here

Conference Objectives

Our objective in organizing this conference are to formulate the pros and cons of online education more clearly.What works, what does not, especially for California and all our current and future students. We want to understand these pros and cons so we can keep developing a New Media Pedagogy based on these arguments. 

Conference Registration

Please register with eventbrite here: http://ciioe.eventbrite.com/. All seats have been reserved, so we opened a waiting list. In our experience, persons on the waiting list have a good chance of finding a seat.  

Expert Panels

To encourage engagement, we depart from the typical conference format. We discuss our six core topics in dedicated panels as usual. However, after each panel, an expert response panel will discuss the panel presentation from multiple perspectives, including that of a high-school teacher, a professor on a course committee, an engineer, an entrepreneur/employer, an online ed student, an on-campus student, and a course designer. Meet the expert panel here

Hackathon (Register)

To close our conference with a real service, we are planning a hackathon for Sunday, March 17, from 9 am to 7 pm. Hackathon participants will design and build apps to help students apply to UC. Target audiences will be middle school, high school, and community college students. For more information, see the Hackathon page. Please register by March 8 to secure your space. Join us!

Conference Poster

Download or view our conference poster here.