Plenary Sessions: 2017 Transforming STEM Higher Education

Thursday, November 2, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
Kelly Mack, Vice President, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope—AAC&U

Keynote
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: What STEM Can Help Us Achieve

The complex challenges facing modern society require the rapid evolution of science and technology. Solutions to these questions demand moonshot thinking generated by adaptive learners with leading-edge STEM knowledge. Dr. Crow will discuss the real changes in innovation and mindset needed to advance student STEM proficiency, and to empower institutions and educators to embrace new, creative teaching methods for preparing the problem-solvers of the future.
Michael M. Crow, President—Arizona State University
Michael M. Crow Biography

Friday, November 3, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Plenary
Transforming a University into a Learning Laboratory
What does it take to transform a university into a learning laboratory? With creativity and care, faculty can dissolve the traditional boundaries between educational research and practice, and study the efficacy of instruction within the continuously changing context of classrooms. This approach is especially effective when educating at scale – in large, foundational courses. Dr. McKay will explore the challenges faced in creating such a learning laboratory, featuring examples drawn from experiences at the University of Michigan.  McKay will talk about education in an information age, data sources and management, privacy and ethical issues, research designs and funding, creating tools that personalize education at scale, and establishing systems that foster a culture of continuous reflection and response.
Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education, Director of the Digital Innovation Greenhouse—University of Michigan
Timothy McKay Biography

Saturday, November 4, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Plenary
STEM Education: The Road Ahead

Kumar Garg helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly eight years, serving in a variety of roles in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Garg helped develop a range of STEM initiatives over that time, working closely with Governors, Mayors, philanthropists, higher education, entrepreneurs, and non-profits. Garg will offer his thoughts on lessons learned from the Obama Administration’s “all hands on deck” approach, from the current policy landscape, and regarding how to build high-impact partnerships going forward.
Kumar Garg, Senior Fellow, Society for Science and the Public and Former Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation—White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kumar Garg Biography