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December 10, 2012

Upcoming Event: The Sustainability of MOOCs in Higher Education -12/11/12 from 4-6PM at UMASS Boston! Join Us!

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The Sustainability of MOOCs* in

Higher Education


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

with reception to follow

At the University of

Massachusetts Boston’s

Campus Center

Ballrooms B and C

*Massive open online courses

Keynote speakers: 

Anant Agarwal and Nishikant Sonwalkar

Anant Agarwal

President of edX, the innovative, worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT, Harvard, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Texas System. He is a professor at MIT in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

Nishikant Sonwalkar

An academician, researcher, musician, entrepreneur, and leading expert in the application of computers in education. He serves as the Director of Research at the United States Distance Learning Association and is a pioneer in the use of adaptive learning in education.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring five experts on the challenges involved in sustaining the MOOC movement.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Alan Girelli, Director, Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning, UMass Boston



  • Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
  • Andy DiPaolo, Executive Director Emeritus, Stanford Center for Professional Development and former Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering,

    Stanford University

  • John Flores, Executive Director, United States Distance Learning Association & Program Professor, Nova Southeastern University
  • Apostolos Koutropoulos, Online Program Coordinator for Applied Linguistics Program, UMass Boston
  • Dennis Maxey, Associate Dean, University College, UMass Boston

For more information contact: Alan Girelli at

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning, University College at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the

United States Distance Learning Association.

To request disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, visit


About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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