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CITE Seminar Series 2014/2015

CITE Seminar – Flourishing in the Educational Technology Spotlight

Date: 10 October 2014 (Friday)
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Venue: Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Sangil Yoon (Sang), Stanford Graduate School of Business
Chair: Dr. Samuel K. W. Chu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU

About the Seminar
In recent years, Silicon Valley has been electrified with educational technology innovation and unprecedented financial investment. Four Stanford professors experimented with MOOCs and soon realized the potential to disrupt higher education. These professors either left their tenured positions or took leave of absences to lead new startups (i.e., Udacity, NovoEd, Coursera). Many universities took notice and are placing educational technology in the spotlight as a strategic initiative.

In this seminar, Sangil Yoon (Sang), who leads the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Academic Technology Services (ATS) group, will discuss how the role and expectations of educational technology professionals has evolved in recent years. Several case studies that cover a broad spectrum of ATS initiatives (i.e., flipped classes, MOOCs, certificates) will highlight how educational technology teams can adapt to the rapidly changing education landscape. The seminar will conclude with a facilitated discussion on the disruption of higher education by technology. What will disruption look like? Will it happen from within or outside? What are the biggest challenges we face? What will your role be?

About the Speaker
Sangil Yoon (Sang) is the Director of the Academic Technology Services group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where he is responsible for leading educational technology initiatives at the GSB.

Sang has extensive experience with educational technology from product design to program and systems management. He holds three degrees from Indiana University – Bloomington: a B.S. in Business Operations, Management and International Business, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology. Sang’s research and recent teaching centers on emerging e-learning delivery models, including MOOCs, blended courses, and distance education via synchronous technologies.

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