Education Nation

Aspen Ideas Festival 2013

Education Nation is proud to have co-presented a panel at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, where NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell moderated a conversation about the potential for MOOCs to transform higher education.

The MOOC is perceived as a major disruptive force in teaching, clearly one that the education world is talking about as hundreds of thousands of students across the globe log on to courses from some of the best professors on the planet. The debate is underway regarding quality, economic efficiency, sustainability, and global reach. Will MOOCs live up to the hype? Are MOOCs a viable alternative to the college campus education experience? Will our love affair with technology disrupt that one-on-one connection that so frequently brings learning to life?


  • Andrew Ng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Coursera
  • Anant Agarwal, President, EdX
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute