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Online Education Symposium


About This Course

Engage in an exploration of the potential implications and impacts of online education technology. We have designed a colloquium series that brings three prominent experts in the field of online education to the Colgate campus, representing a range of perspectives on the topic.

Dr. Fiona Hollands: Presentation on Thursday, September 18, 4:30 PM (livestreamed)

Dr. George Siemens: Presentation on Monday, October 20, 4:30 PM (livestreamed)

Dr. Marc Bousquet: Presentation on Monday, October 27, 4:30 PM (livestreamed)

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Fiona Hollands

Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and a senior researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fiona has conducted research and evaluation in education for 15 years, primarily on the impact of technology on teaching and learning. More recently she has been studying the cost-effectiveness of a variety of educational interventions including dropout prevention programs, early childhood literacy programs, and online and blended learning, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). She recently led a study of MOOCs entitled "MOOCs: Expectations and Reality," to investigate the goals of institutions that are developing and delivering these courses, their costs and impact on educational outcomes, and expectations for whether and how this phenomenon may change the landscape of learning over the next few years.

Fiona is also working with a team to design and develop a computer-based tool to help other researchers and education decision-makers estimate the costs and cost-effectiveness of educational programs. Prior to moving into the field of education, Fiona worked in the international financial securities industry at J.P. Morgan in London, Paris, and New York. Fiona earned a B.A. Honours Degree in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University, England, an M.A. Degree in Sociology and Education, and a Ph.D. in Politics and Education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. Fiona is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.

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George Siemens

George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.

Dr. Siemens is a founding member and first President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research ( He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at and on Twitter: gsiemens

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Marc Bousquet

Marc Bousquet (BA, Yale, PhD, CUNY) is Associate Professor of English. His personal home page archives his teaching and research.His interests include digital pedagogy, writing studies, and participatory culture. His current research surveys the relationship between schooling and participatory culture. The study ranges from the Jacksonian era to the present, where participation is often electronically mediated. He is also preparing a collection on the future of the doctorate in English studies [PDF].

He is the author of How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation [PDF] (NYU Press,2008), a frequent contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education, co-editor of The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change (Alt-X, 2004), and coeditor of Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers (SIUP, 2004). He founded Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor and serves on the editorial board of several journals, such as as AAUP's Academe.