Learn about the latest on the expanding role of online higher education for students at UC Berkeley and across the nation. Hear about what we are doing and how we are doing it here at Berkeley, and see a demonstration of some of the newest online education tools.
Pradeep Chhibber studies the politics of India, political parties and party systems at UC Berkeley. His recent research is on religion and politics in India. Religious Practice and Democracy Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2014) examines the relationship between everyday religious practice and political representation in contemporary India. A paper with Jasjeet Sekhon "Mobilizing Identities: Religious Practice and Political Action in India" uses experiments to assess when religion can be mobilized both as an identity and in politics.
Armando Fox is a Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley and a co-PI of the ASPIRE Lab. As of Fall 2012, he is also the Director of the Berkeley MOOCLab, whose mission is to stimulate and fund research related to online-enhanced education that is then incorporated into both online and in-classroom courses and materials, closely tying MOOC development to rigorous research in online learning. Prior to his work at UC Berkeley, he was on the Computer Science faculty at Stanford. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees at Berkeley, Illinois and MIT, respectively. His current research interests include applied statistical machine learning, Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing, highly-productive parallel programming, and online education, especially in programming and software engineering. With Prof. David Patterson, he launched Berkeley's first MOOC (CS 169.1x on edX.org) based on their successful reinvention of the undergraduate software engineering course, and co-authored the accompanying e-textbook Engineering Software as a Service. In addition to the usual distinctions (NSF CAREER, ACM Distinguished Member, etc.), his 2003 collaboration with Professor David Patterson on Recovery-Oriented Computing earned him the distinction of being included in the "Scientific American 50" top researchers. In previous lives he helped design the Intel Pentium Pro microprocessor and founded a company to commercialize his UC Berkeley dissertation research on mobile computing.
Susan Ostermann is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Clancy Slack received his B.S in Chemistry from Union College, Schenectady NY in 2011. He is a third year graduate student working on laser polarized xenon based molecular sensors, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient in 2013.
Diana Wu, Ed.D., is the director of Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) and dean of UC Berkeley Extension.