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New in Ubiquity Symposia: 

"MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research"

"The Multicore Transformation"


MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research Table of Contents

  1. MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research Opening Statement,  by Candace Thille

    Section 1: Technical and Scientific Innovations in MOOCs

  2. Assessment in Digital At-scale Learning Environments, by Piotr Mitros, Anant Agarwal, and Vik Paruchuri
  3. Offering Verified Credentials in Massive Open Online Courses, by Andrew Maas,Chris Heather,Chuong(Tom) Do, Relly Brandman, Daphne Koller,and Andrew Ng (MAY 2014)
  4. Data-driven Learner Modeling to Understand and Improve Online Learning, by Kenneth R. Koedinger, Elizabeth A. McLaughlin, and John C. Stamper (MAY 2014)

    Section 2: The impact of MOOCs on Residential Institutions, Courses and Computer Science Education.

  5. MOOCs on and off the Farm, by John Mitchell (JUNE 2014)
  6. From MOOCs to SPOCs, by Armando Fox (JUNE 2014)
  7. Limitations of MOOCs for Computing Education: addressing our needs, by Mark Guzdial (JULY 2014)

    Section 3: The MOOC Phenomenon and Higher Education

  8. Can MOOCs Help Reduce College Tuition?, by Stephen Ruth (JULY 2014)
  9. The MOOC Spring, by Frederick Siff (AUGUST 2014)
  10. MOOCs: Symptom, not cause of disruption, by Lewis Perelman (AUGUST 2014)
  11. The MOOC and the Genre Moment, by Michael Feldstein (SEPTEMBER 2014)
  12. Closing Statement, by Candace Thille (SEPTEMBER 2014)

The Multicore Transformation Table of Contents

  1. Opening Statement, by Walter Tichy (MAY 2014)
  2. Waiting for Godot—The RIGHT Language Abstractions for Parallel Programming Should be Here Soon,  by Wolfram Schulte (JUNE 2014)
  3. Auto-Tuning Parallel Software, by Thomas Fahringer (JUNE 2014)
  4. Engineering Parallel Algorithms, by Peter Sanders (JULY 2014)
  5. GPUs: high performance accelerators for parallel applications, by Mark Silberstein (AUGUST 2014)
  6. Multicore Processors and Database Systems, by Kenneth Ross (AUGUST 2014)
  7. The Future of Synchronization on Multicores, by Maurice Herlihy (SEPTEMBER 2014)
  8. Making Effective Use of Multicore Systems: A software perspective, by Keith Cooper (SEPTEMBER 2014)
  9. Closing Statement, by Walter Tichy (SEPTEMBER 2014)

Previous Ubiquity Symposia:

"The Science in Computer Science"

"Evolutionary Computation and the Processes of Life"

"What is Computation"


  • The MOOC and the Genre Moment: MOOCs and technology to advance learning and learning research (Ubiquity symposium)
    In order to determine (and shape) the long-term impact of MOOCs, we must consider not only cognitive and technological factors but also cultural ones, such as the goals of education and the cultural processes that mediate the diffusion of a new teaching modality. This paper examines the implicit cultural assumptions in the "MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research Symposium" and proposes an alternative theory of diffusion to Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovation model as an illustration of the complexity that these assumptions hide.