Summit on Online Education: Data-Driven Teaching & Learning: Lessons Learned from Research

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
8:45 AM–3:00 PM (Registration: 8:00–8:45 AM)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illini Union Rooms ABC


About the Summit

Now in its fourth year, the University of Illinois Summit on Online Education is an annual gathering of educational researchers, teachers and practitioners who are involved with online education in all of its modalities. The Summit is an opportunity for colleagues to gather, discuss and learn from each other while being exposed to new and innovative ideas from internal and external perspectives. Past keynote speakers include: Daphne Koller (Co-Founder Coursera/Stanford), Sylvia Manning (President, Higher Learning Commission) and Harrison Keller (Vice Provost for Higher Education Policy and Research, UT Austin).

Who should attend?

All faculty, staff, and students, including online and innovative education coordinators, managers, instructional designers, policymakers, subject matter experts, technology coordinators, virtual instructors, and visionary leaders.

Why attend?

Higher education has moved beyond acknowledging disruption and is now focused on strategically managing the rapid pace of change in our industry. At this year's Summit, we will discuss the innovations that will lead us into the next decade and beyond. Attendees can expect:

  • A deeper understanding of new and innovative research on teaching and learning;
  • An appreciation of the growing importance of data and analytics in higher education;
  • A call to action for women who are interested in technology;
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues that might lead to new collaborations;
  • Campus leadership's perspectives on our future directions; and
  • An opportunity for engagement with Paul Litvak and members of the new CITL unit

Schedule of Events

detailed schedule is available for your convenience. There may be additional changes, so please check back closer to the event date. At this point we are planning to stream the entire Summit, including Chancellor Wise's welcome, the keynote and featured speakers, and the faculty lightning round presentations. Attendees are welcome to come only for one presentation or stay for the whole event.

About the Speakers

Paul Litvak is currently a Senior Quantitative User Experience Researcher at Google in Boston, working on K-12 Education. Prior to that he worked on social research on Google+ and at Facebook as an analyst in Finance and Risk Management. He also co-founded Farsite, a data science consultancy that was sold in 2013. Paul has a PhD in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied emotion's impact on risk-taking and the impact of money on thoughts and feelings. He also has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from the University of Michigan.

Check out Paul on Twitter!

Jocelyn Ross was born in Urbana, raised in Champaign, and got a degree in Psychology from Stanford. She started her career at Facebook with a job in customer support in 2006; a couple years later she started and led the Risk Management team there. She is now a data analyst at Stripe, a company that helps businesses accept payments online, where her inner social scientist gets to ask (and answer!) interesting questions about the companies Stripe works with every day. She spends time outside of work reading the news, knitting, learning better ways to manipulate data, and dissecting the tech scene.

Note: Jocelyn's presentation is geared toward students who may be interested in a tech career but do not have a tech background... "Facebook, Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber. Tech is an exciting industry to be in, and for people without engineering degrees, it can be hard to know how to begin. We’ll talk about how you can use your non-technical degree to get a job in tech and make the most out of your career."


This event is sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning and the Office of the Provost. It is co-organized by the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Graduate School of Library & Information Science.