Yes, we have broad engagement across the campus. We're hosting featured speaker events (most recent was Dr. Michael Crow, President of ASU, who was phenomenal), workshops, roundtable discussions, town halls, and of course Georgia Tech is one of the sponsors of this design challenge. We're looking for lots of GT stakeholders to get involved and stay involved as we continue to advertise what we're doing.
Thanks, Kate -- lots of great questions here! Let me see if I can unwrap a couple of them. At Georgia Tech, we've actually had great success with some professors "flipping the MOOC." They are using their MOOCs as the outside-class companion to in-class problem solving in a flipped classroom. Their students go to Coursera or edX and sign in to their MOOCs, watch videos, work on practice problems, etc. Then when they come to class, they work in pairs or small groups on hands-on problems. Similarly, in our Online Masters of Science in Computer Science, we've found that a number of students are creating Meetup groups with people in their areas so that they can have a face-to-face chance to discuss the work at hand. (And there are also discussion forums and tons of teaching assistants so that they can collaborate and get help online.) So, while the MOOC format allows us to reach broader audiences, we're still working toward the face-to-face collaborative component.
While I can't speak for all at my institution, my hope is that similar methods can be used to address the problem of availability of AP courses. In Georgia, we have a lot of small rural communities with smaller high schools where there simply aren't enough students to form a whole AP course given the cost of running one. But suppose the content could be delivered online! Students from, say, three different counties, 50 miles apart, are all in the same online environment, and then they meet up once a month or so with a teacher or other instructor who can address questions, give them hands-on experience, and create that safe learning space that you describe. I think there's a lot of potential there!
Hi, Bettina! Good questions. The Commission was formed early in 2016 by the Provost at his invitation. Faculty, staff and students make up the majority of the group. There are some alumni involved as well. We also have representation from employers and industry in the form of an external advisory board.