GLC Releases Draft White Paper for Public Comment: Addresses Key Challenges in Technology-Enhanced Learning, Data Sharing

The Global Learning Council (GLC), a consortium of leaders in the field of education from academia, industry and nonprofits, released a first draft of a white paper that includes proposed recommendations regarding technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and the sharing of learning data.

The paper, “Technology-Enhanced Learning: Best Practices and Data Sharing in Higher Education” (pdf), is available for public comment and will be shared with higher education leaders over the next few months.

The draft paper is the result of the council’s work following its inaugural meeting in September 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA, during which the GLC identified the need for common principles and sources of information around best practices in the design and adoption of TEL environments and tools, as well as a common framework for sharing learning data in higher education. The draft white paper offers nine specific recommendations for the implementation of best practices in TEL and sharing learning data.

The draft is being presented on April 20 to the Association of American Universities (AAU), in June to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and is being more widely circulated for discussion, comment and feedback in the higher education, technology, government and nonprofit communities.

Institutions are invited to submit information about their own activities that exemplify the best practice recommendations suggested by the GLC. Submissions will be compiled and referenced on the GLC website and final paper, which is being targeted for release at the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Global Learning Council to Webcast Inaugural Meeting

September 4-5, 2014 the Global Learning Council (GLC) will be holding its inaugural meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The meeting will focus on advancing the science of learning with the goal of improving learning outcomes for students around the world at an affordable cost to society.

The GLC will have a live webcast of select sessions — all of which will also be available on YouTube after the event:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Introductions and Welcome Remarks
    Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University; Chair, Global Learning Council
    Pat Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

    8:15 – 8:45am
  • Opening Keynote by Tom Kalil
    Deputy Director, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
    8:45 – 9:15am
  • Panel 1: The Role of Learning SCIENCE in Learning GAIN: TEL Best Practices & How to Practice Them
    Lead in & Co-Moderator: Marsha Lovett, Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation at CMU; Discussant & Co-Moderator: Andrew Rosen, Chairman, Kaplan Inc.
    9:15 – 10:45am
  • Luis von Ahn
    CEO and Co-Founder, Duolingo
    11:15 – 11:45pm
  • Panel 2: Big Data in the Service of Better Learning
    Lead in & Co-Moderator: Ken Koedinger, Director, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center and CMU Professor of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction; Discussant & Co-Moderator: Alfred Spector, VP of Research, Google
    1:15 – 2:45pm
  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy
    Assistant Director, U.S. NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources
    3:00 – 3:30pm

Friday, September 5, 2014

  • James H. Shelton III
    Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

    9:30 – 10:00am
  • Panel 3: K-12 TEL: Readiness for life and learning
    Lead in & Co-Moderator: Justine Cassell, CMU Associate Vice-Provost, Technology Strategy and Impact; , Discussant & Co-Moderator: Hunter Rawlings, President, Association of American Universities (AAU)
    10:15 – 11:45am
  • Wrap-up session
    12:00 – 12:30pm

To learn more about the Global Learning Council’s inaugural meeting and to see a full list of the events visit