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A team of twelve faculty, staff and students traveled to Columbus Ohio to represent COIL on “Higher Education Day” of the e-tech Ohio Conference.  The morning and afternoon keynote speakers were Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, and Sebastian Thrun, Founder and CEO of Udacity, two of the three most prominent MOOC providers.

Both keynote speakers spoke about the intent and… Read more »

Originally Held: March 20, 2013

During this session, Bill Sams,  former Associate Provost for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer and Executive in Residence for the College of Business at Ohio University discusses his perspective on the Future of Higher Education, as described in his video, “EPIC 2020, and a new concept, “Holistic Personal Enhancement.”  Holistic Personal Enhancement is a recognition… Read more »

The COIL Fischer Speaker Series invites today’s thought leaders on a wide variety of topics to share their insights, experiences, and vision of the future of higher education as impacted and influenced by the convergence of technology and new pedagogy. Funded by a gift from Dr. Richard and Claudia Fischer, the Speaker Series is broadcast as widely as possible to… Read more »

Michael Marcinkowski received an honorable mention for his work “Educational Dialogue and Technological Utterances” at the I-Conference 2013 this week.


Michael is a third year Ph.D. Student being advised by COIL’s co-director, Fred Fonseca.

He is funded by COIL/IST to work with on online education and technology. His work aims to understand the dialogic role that technology plays in online… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported The Penn State Lifelong Learning Landscape (L3) project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


The Penn State Lifelong Learning Landscape (L3) Project will build, implement, and study the effects of an innovative educational delivery system designed to meet the needs of non-degree learners; promote lifelong connections between Alumni and the University; and attract new learners to… Read more »