Washington Workforce Education Council Presentation
February 6, 2014
Choices and Challenges: Lessons Learned in the Evolution of Online Education in Support of Workforce Development
Dr. Andy DiPaolo, Stanford University
What are the critical challenges and lessons learned in the use of online education to support workforce development? How can these lessons be applied to assess opportunities, create strategies and design innovative online offerings to take advantage of existing and emerging delivery technologies? This presentation will address the potential and risks of online education, identify the changing education needs and expectations of students and employers and offer advice on strategies for business, government and higher education to successfully deliver workforce development programs at a distance.
Andy DiPaolo is Executive Director Emeritus of the Stanford Center for Professional Development. He founded and directed for nearly 25 years one of the largest continuing education organizations and distance education networks in the United States delivering degree, credit, certificate and professional programs to students at over 2000 companies in 60 countries. Dr. DiPaolo led the team to develop award-winning Stanford Online, the first system to use video technology to deliver academic courses on the internet and led the development of the world’s first online engineering degree. He also created “Stanford Engineering Everywhere” an initiative to provide free and open online courses to educators and learners around the world.
DiPaolo has a long history as a member of public sector and corporate boards and as an advisor to universities, corporations and government agencies on the strategic use of technology to meet education and training needs. Representative examples of organizations where he has provided advice include Cisco, University of Michigan, National Elevator Industry Educational Program, Danish Virtual University, International Air Transport Association, UCLA, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Army, Norwegian Telecom, Higher Education Council – Israel, Northwestern University and the Agency for International Development. He has been elected to the U.S. Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame, appointed as a Fellow of the European Distance and E-Learning Network and is the 2013 recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education’s highest award for an individual in support of education for industry.
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