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Stanford Learning Summit, April 15-16, 2016

Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford School of Engineering


Shuttle Schedule:

Friday, April 15th :

Shuttle pick-up begins at 4:30pm 

Saturday, April 16th: 
  • Morning: Shuttles will pick up guests at the Sheraton (Right next to the Westin) at 7:15 and 7:30am.
  • Lunch: 12-noon shuttle available to and from the Sheraton.
  • Evening: Shuttles to the Sheraton from 7:00 to 9:30pm.

Program Details


  • 5:00pm   Reception (Huang Foyer)

  • 6:00pm   Conference Opening: Stanford President John Hennessy and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nick Dirks in conversation, introduced by Cathy Koshland and John Mitchell (NVIDIA Auditorium)

  • 7:00pm   Dinner (Mackenzie Room)


  • 8:00am   Breakfast (Mackenzie Room and adjoining terrace)

  • 8:30am   Welcome (Mackenzie Room)

  • 8:45am   Plenary A: Innovation in the Higher Education Ecosystem--Policy, Practice, Opportunity (Mackenzie Room)

    • Randy Bass Vice Provost for Education; Professor of English, Georgetown

    • Ellen Junn Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs,CSU Dominguez Hills

    • Brian Murphy President, DeAnza Community College

    • AnnaLee Saxenian Dean and Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley

    • Dan Schwartz Dean, Graduate School of Education; Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology, Stanford

  • 10:00am   Morning Break (Huang Foyer)

  • 10:30am    Breakout Sessions -- Block 1 (Various rooms, see schedule below.)

  • 11:45am   Remarks by Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (Mackenzie Room)

  • 12:15pm - 1:30pm   Lunch (Mackenzie Room and adjoining terrace)

  • 12:30 pm   Experiments in Experiential Learning (Huang 10) 

    • Explore a Mobile Curriculum Tool from the Stanford

      A project-based teaching model means that most of the learning students are doing happens outside of the classroom. How can instructors scaffold rich learning experiences that take advantage of the time that students spend in informal environments to push their learning further? The at Stanford is constantly experimenting to provide immersive learning experiences, including some that leverage the way students use digital devices. Sign up for this 45 min session to explore one new tool that the is experimenting with today. Limited to 50 registered conference participants. Send email to to secure your space (first come, first serve). 
      Led by: Sarah Stein Greenberg, Executive Director of the Stanford & Leticia Britos-Cavagnaro, Director of the University Innovation Fellows Program. (Note: this session will take place during the lunch break and you will be able to eat during the session.)
  • 1:30pm   Breakout Sessions -- Block 2 

  • 2:45pm   Afternoon Break 1 (Huang Foyer)

  • 3:15pm   Breakout Sessions -- Block  3 

  • 4:30pm   Afternoon Break 2 (Huang Foyer)

  • 4:45pm   Plenary B:  Top Challenges and Opportunities Today and Tomorrow (NVIDIA Auditorium)

    • Cathy Koshland Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education; Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering, Berkeley

    • John Mitchell Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering; Professor of Computer Science and [by courtesy] Electrical Engineering, Stanford

    • Eric Grimson Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering; Chancellor, MIT

    • Peter Bol Vice Provost for Advances in Learning; the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard

  • 6.00pm   Closing Reception (Mackenzie Room and adjoining terrace)

Breakout Sessions (3 Streams)


Partnerships and Policies for a Multi-Platform Academy


Implications of the Digital Revolution for Learners and Learning Today


Beyond Campus: The Reach  of the University Today and Tomorrow

Block One: 


1. Academic Joint Ventures 

(NVIDIA Auditorium)

Public, private, and philanthropic organizations are cooperating in new ways to meet growing demand for postsecondary education. This panel assembles several people with deep experience in this evolving, plural domain. 
Moderator: Mitchell Stevens (Stanford)
Speakers: Tom Dawson (USA Funds), Kai Drekmeier (Inside Track)Fred Singer (Echo360),Ben Wallerstein (Whiteboard Advisors)
2. Formal and Informal Learning 

(Huang 10)

The session addresses the relationship between physical and virtual environments for campus students today, especially in residential education, as well as social-emotional factors in the "flow" between different types of learning. Online learning plays an increasingly important role in the education of on-campus students. Examples include learning modules for just-in-time learning, flipped classroom formats, interactive programming exercises, virtual labs, and more. How do we best use online learning as part of a residential learning experience? Do we have a solid understanding of the learning outcomes? How can we leverage the online learning data to improve the in-person learning experience?
Moderator: James T. Campbell (Stanford) 
Speakers: Sidney D'Mello (Notre Dame),Stanton Wortham (UPenn),Amy Collier (Middlebury College)
3. The Changing Role of the Professor in the Digital World 

(Huang 18)

The professor as a network administrator rather than authority figure, becoming a digital celebrity, and the questions this raises for pedagogy, ethics, business development etc. of the university. 
Moderator: Marti Hearst (UC Berkeley)
Speakers: Dacher Keltner (UCBerkeley), 

Block Two:


4. The Future of Academic Credentials

(Huang 10)

Recent years have witnessed a growing openness among college and university leaders, government officials, and the general public to new forms of academic credentialing. This panel features brief presentations by several people who have been at the forefront of this much-discussed movement.

Moderator: Anne Trumbore (Wharton)
Speakers: Anant Agarwal (EdX)Caroline Levander (Rice), Lou Pugliese, (Arizona State UniversityJake Schwartz (General Assembly)

5. What Are We Learning About Learning? 

(NVIDIA Auditorium)

The Art, Science, and Engineering of Learning  is an iterative development process in which researchers and practitioners create interventions that simultaneously refine both theory and practice. The panelists will give examples of how we not only engineer better-learning environments but also advance the basic science of  human learning.  
Moderator: Candace Thille (Stanford)
Speakers: Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University)Bror Saxberg (Kaplan), Zach Pardos (UC Berkeley), Dustin Tingley (Harvard)
6. Lifelong Learning, Learning Across the Lifespan 

(Huang 18)

The University 3.0: The future of lifelong learning and preparing students for multiple careers across the lifespan.
Moderator: Mike Kirst (Stanford)
Speakers: Thomas C. Black (Stanford),David Blake (, Susan Hoffman (UC Berkeley)Phil Pizzo (Stanford)

Block Three:


7. Responsible Use of Student Data for Individual and Organizational Improvement

(NVIDIA Auditorium)

Data describing college students are now more ubiquitous, and potentially more valuable for educational improvement and basic science, than ever before. Yet inherited mechanisms of academic and scientific governance often fit the new data ecosystem only awkwardly. Business and academic leaders are sustaining ongoing discussion for ethical policy development in this domain.
Moderator: Marco Molinaro (UC Davis)
Speakers: Martin Kurzweil (ITHAKA S+R)Mitchell Stevens (Stanford)Kent Wada (UCLA)
8. Digital Humanities 

(Huang 18)

Which interesting projects and developments are at the forefront of Digital Humanities innovation right now, and what do they contribute to research, teaching and learning on our campuses and beyond? This session will both showcase interesting projects and delve into their relationship to humanities research and education today. 
Moderator: Caroline Winterer (Stanford)
Speakers: Peter Brantley (UC Davis) Edmund Campion (Berkeley) Nicholas Jenkins (Stanford), Ashley Jerbic (UC Berkeley) Emily Schneider (Stanford), Claudia Von Vacano, (UC Berkeley)
9. Inclusive Digital Learning Environments

(Huang 10)

This session addresses the role that online and digital technology can play in creating a more inclusive learning environment. Inclusive education is an essential component of broadening access, both globally and within individual classrooms. How do our online efforts contribute to both, both in the sense of access and service? How do they also open up new areas for more polysemic subjects? And what role should considerations of learners’  race, gender, class  and physical ability,  among others, play in this conversation?
Moderator: Robert Lue (Harvard)