Global Learning Council To Hold Inaugural Meeting in Pittsburgh, Sept. 4-5, 2014

Chaired by Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh, GLC Aims
To Improve Learning Outcomes for All Students

PITTSBURGH—The Global Learning Council (GLC) will hold its inaugural meeting and symposium on the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, Sept. 4-5, 2014. Established last November, the GLC is a virtual organization composed of leaders from academia, industry and nonprofit sectors who are committed to developing standards, ethics and protocols that promote collaboration and best practices for deploying technology-enhanced learning.

Chaired by Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh, the GLC seeks to advance the science of learning with the goal of improving learning outcomes for students around the world at an affordable cost to society.

The inaugural meeting will bring together GLC members and guests to address these key issues in symposia-like sessions that include formal and informal talks, panel sessions, and break-out sessions.  Topics will include:

  • The Role of Learning Science in Learning Gain: Best Practices and How to Practice them
  • Big Data in the Service of Better Learning
  • What About K-12? Technology-Enhanced Learning in Service of Young Learners’ Readiness

Featured speakers include Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Education and Human Resources, Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and Luis von Ahn, CEO and founder of Duolingo, which was named Apple’s “App of the Year” in 2013 for its language tutoring software.

There will also be demonstrations of learning technologies from GLC delegates, as well as the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most innovative research labs.

The GLC was launched in conjunction with the Simon Initiative at Carnegie Mellon. Named after the late CMU professor Herbert A. Simon, a Nobel Prize winner whose work linked cognitive models of learning with computational tools, the Simon Initiative harnesses decades of research at CMU around the science of learning. It includes the Simon DataLab, one of the largest open repositories of human learning data in the world. The DataLab grew out of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, a National Science Foundation-funded partnership between CMU and the University of Pittsburgh to collect and study educational data with the goal of developing new techniques, methods and courseware for improving learning outcomes.

Learning scientists, technology providers and university leaders around the world are asking important questions about the nature of learning and the role of new technology in learning, the answers to which will continue to improve both technology and teaching methodologies.

But these questions cannot be answered by one institution, company or nation alone.

While much has already been gained from collective educational partnerships, the scope needs to be significantly broader.

The GLC includes a distinguished group of leaders with significant experience and a proven track record in influencing learning and education outcomes.

Members of the Global Learning Council (GLC):

  • Subra Suresh (chair), president, Carnegie Mellon University;
  • Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX;
  • Tan Chorh Chuan, president, National University of Singapore, and chair, Global University Leaders Forum for the World Economic Forum;
  • Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist, Microsoft Research;
  • Sal Khan, founder and executive director, Khan Academy;
  • Daphne Koller, co-founder, Coursera;
  • Alan Leshner, chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science;
  • Peter McPherson, president, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities;
  • Mark Nordenberg, chancellor emeritus, University of Pittsburgh;
  • Hunter Rawlings, president, Association of American Universities;
  • Andrew Rosen, chairman and CEO, Kaplan;
  • Alfred Spector, vice president of Research, Google;
  • Suzanne Walsh, deputy director, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and
  • Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate and professor of physics and education, Stanford University.
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