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The 21st Century Classroom: Online and Blended Learning

About the Event

UMassOnline and the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Chair, Jeannette Riley are co-sponsoring a one day conference designed to bring together faculty from across the UMass campuses to discuss how instructional technologies play a central role in the student learning experience by sharing data, both quantitative and qualitative, from course experiences that document student learning outcomes in blended and fully online courses.

As we enter the 21st century, faculty and students are experiencing significant changes in the learning environment of higher education due to the growing array of instructional technologies ranging from podcasts to live conferencing to reusable learning objects to social networking and collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs, FaceBook, and Twitter. And, we are seeing a turn to blended and fully online learning in increasing numbers to increase access, free up classroom space, and generate much needed revenue streams for universities. At the same time, we increasingly hear calls for higher education to provide evidence that students are learning effectively in these new learning environments.

About the Speakers


Speaker Bio:

Robert L. Caret was elected President of the five-campus, 69,000-student University of Massachusetts system on January 13, 2011. Ranked as the 19th best university in the world in the Times of London's 2011 World Reputation Rankings, UMass was established in 1863 and consists of the flagship campus in Amherst, along with campuses in Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester.

President Caret, a native New Englander, assumes the presidency of the University of Massachusetts after completing highly successful presidencies at San Jose State University and Towson University. President Caret presided over periods of significant growth at both universities and gained national acclaim for eliminating race-based graduation disparities at Towson.


From 2003 to 2011, President Caret was president of Towson University where he also served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president and provost during his more than 25-year tenure at the university. Between 1995 and 2003, he left Towson to assume the presidency of San Jose State University. Dr. Caret is credited with helping to reinvigorate both the Towson and San Jose State University campuses, and he championed a joint city/university effort to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose.


Speaker Bio:

Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open educational resources, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain the education they desire. Cable has 15 years of academic technology, online learning, and open education experience in higher education and recently led a project to build and share a general education curriculum under the CC BY license. Cable holds a PhD in educational psychology from Ohio State University.

Event Resources

Click here for a list of the concurrent sessions presentations. We’re hoping to have most of the presentations posted by the end of the month.


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