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2016 ATXpo Speakers
Keynote Speaker

Mitchell Stevens Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Stanford University
Bio: Mitchell Stevens is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University, where he also serves as the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning. Author of prize-winning books on the US home education movement and selective college admissions, he has ongoing interest in alternative educational forms and the measurement of academic accomplishment. His remarks for ATXpo are drawn in part from Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education (Stanford, 2015), an essay collection co-edited with Mike Kirst.
Keynote Title: "What in the World is Happening to Higher Education?"
Abstract: Headlines and blog posts offer a cacophony of mostly bad news about US higher education: rising costs, reduced public subsidy, little measurable learning, sleazy market players, and tepid completion rates. In my remarks I synthesize ten years of research to provide a larger and ultimately optimistic vision of higher education going forward. Fundamental changes in how college is paid for and measured mark the end of a 20th-century golden age. Yet the next era — if we build it right — could make higher education more accessible, flexible, cosmopolitan, and humane than ever before.

Master of Ceremonies

Richard Webber, Senior Director of Engineering & Production, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL)
Bio: Richard Webber is Senior Director of Engineering & Production in the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. He leads the teams that are responsible for design, implementation and support of platforms, tools and services for learning systems as well as media creation and production.


Moderator: Gloriana Trujillo, PhD, Associate Director, STEM, Stanford University, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL)
Bio: Gloriana Trujillo joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning in 2015 as the Associate Director for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Gloriana has a background as a basic science researcher, science education researcher, and faculty professional developer. She brings this experience to her role in supporting teaching in STEM at Stanford in collaboration with faculty, lecturers, postdocs, and graduate students.

Adwait Kaley, San Jose State University 
Adwait Kaley is a graduate student majoring in Software Engineering at San Jose State University.

Douglas Dunbar, University of California, Davis
Doug Dunbar is a undergraduate at UC Davis majoring in Geology.

John Scott, University of California, Berkeley
John is a doctoral student and instructor at UC Berkeley who has been developing and researching online learning strategies and software solutions.

Madeline Saviano, Stanford University 
Madeline Saviano is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science at Stanford University.

Rachel Midura, Stanford University 
Rachel Midura is a third year history PhD student and fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

Ruqayya Toorawa, Stanford University 
Ruqayya Toorawa is an undergraduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering and doing STEM education research.

Scott Myers, University of California, San Francisco
Scott Myers is a second year pharmacy student at the University of California, San Francisco.