This webinar, sponsored by the Office of Digital Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University, brings together institutions of higher education known as leaders in innovation to describe and discuss the successes and challenges of developing and delivering alternative credentials such as MicroMasters and Specializations. These are developments that few universities can afford to ignore if they wish to stay competitive. A researcher from the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE) at Teachers College will highlight key findings from a study of the benefits and costs to learners of participating in MicroMasters and Specializations. Panelists from Teachers College; Wharton; MIT; and University of Michigan will discuss their online initiatives. Fiona Hollands, the lead author of the aforementioned study, will moderate the question-and-answer sessions.
Steven Goss, from Teachers College, will discuss the College’s efforts to increase its capacity in online certificates and other specializations
Aasiya Kazi, CBCSE researcher, will present the learner’s perspective on alternative credentials
Anne Trumbore of Wharton Online will describe how the School has managed to ”convert” MOOC participants into fee-paying learners in open, online, non-degree course series such as Specializations
David Lawrence-Lupton, from the University of Michigan, will report on the University’s three MicroMasters programs
Eva Ponce from MIT will report on the university's experience adapting its highly regarded on-campus Supply Chain Management Master's program into an open, online credential
Q&A sessions: Fiona Hollands, Associate Director and Senior Researcher, CBCSE, Teachers College, will moderate Q&A