Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

How Can Digital Degrees Make Higher Education More Accessible?

Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 1:30PM - 2:30PM



Higher education has entered a new moment, one in which student demographics are changing and universities are struggling to meet these changing demands for accessible education. First, MOOCs (or massive open online courses) appeared on the scene. A polarizing wave of learning opportunities and challenges arrived along with this new format and it threw educators into a spiral, trying to determine ways that their “traditional” degrees might still provide the greatest market value. Now, industry and higher education have begun to partner to produce a hybrid of “traditional” and MOOC learning – the digital degree. Join in on a discussion with Charles Isbell, a founding faculty member of Georgia Tech’s trailblazing online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program, Tia Pope, a current OMS CS student and Cryptographic Engineer for Cisco Systems, and Jassimran Kaur, a former OMS CS student and Immersion Program Teacher for Girls Who Code, as they unpack the current impact of digital degrees on the accessibility of higher education and work towards outlining ways in which digital learning can provide avenues towards greater diversity in computing education.

BOF Organizers:
Charles Isbell, Georgia Tech
Tia Pope, Cisco
Jassimran Kaur, Independent Consultant