How will the state of higher education be transformed by technology? NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis talks with Joanne Weiss, chief of staff to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Andrew Ng, Stanford university professor and co-founder of online education platform Coursera, about higher education's digital future."
Rehema Ellis is an education correspondent for NBC News and was an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation Summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system. She joined NBC in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent, and her reports appear on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Ellis was part of the NBC Emmy award-winning coverage of the plane crash in the Hudson River called “Miracle on the Hudson.” She also won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration. Ellis has been part of other headliner stories, including the attacks on the World Trade Center. She has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent and received numerous awards, including local and national Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and the Director of the Stanford AI Lab. Ng’s goal is to connect everyone in the world to a great education, for free. His Stanford group also carries out research in machine learning and AI, with an emphasis on deep learning, and he was also the founder of Google’s large-scale deep learning project.
Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the Education Department in 2009 to direct the Race to the Top Fund, its $4.35 billion program designed to encourage and reward states making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to joining the administration, Weiss was partner and chief operating officer at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on investments and management assistance for a variety of charter management organizations, human capital solutions providers, and academic tools and systems designers. Prior to her work at NewSchools, Weiss spent 20 years as CEO, and before that as vice president, for companies providing technology-based products and services to underserved students in K-12 and higher education.
Andrew Ng, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, discusses how America's finest universities have revolutionized online learning by increasing their digital presence.