In this Monday on the Couch event, we will have a lively discussion about the brave new world of online learning. Traditional boundaries in education such as classroom walls, time-based lessons, and age-based learning are disappearing rapidly. Education is becoming more accessible, affordable, and transparent. But will online learning improve or compromise educational quality? Could we see more inequity with the growth of a for-profit educational marketplace? We discuss the opportunities and challenges of online education more generally, and meet Berlin-based Kiron, which provides open higher education for refugees.
Dr. Kim Ochs is an education strategist who has spent much of the last decade creating and implementing online programs for accredited universities, private companies, start-ups, and international organizations. She holds a PhD in educational studies from the University of Oxford and has worked at universities in the US, UK, and Germany as a researcher and teacher. As an education consultant, she was worked internationally and currently works with UNDP. Kim is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program.
Nicole Harkin, an award-winning writer and natural-light photographer based in Washington, DC, spent years working on government oversight both within and outside of the US federal government for organizations ranging from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. After law school, Nicole was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow researching the German Freedom of Information Act. Tilting, A Memoir, her first book, explores the themes of sickness and resiliency.
Mojca-Marie Erjavec is a multilingual facilitator in communication, passionate about society trends in the light of participation, education and new technologies. She has worked for the EU administration where she held positions as a translator, in the press service, the cabinet of the European Commission president, public relations and communications. Her work experience includes journalism, conference and seminar organization, and language teaching. Mojca-Marie's freelance work focuses mainly on communication consultancy in civil society, civic engagement and multilingual communication. She is a Bosch alumna of the MitOst Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg Program.
Dr. Shana Kennedy-Salchow is currently Head of Transfer Guidance at Kiron Open Higher Education, a provider of MOOCs and services for refugees seeking education opportunities. She started off her career as a public school teacher and worked in U.S. education policy at the national and state levels, most recently as the Policy Director for the Connecticut State Department of Education. She holds a PhD in Education Sciences from Humboldt Universität and Masters Degrees in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and in Education from LeMoyne College. Shana is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program.
Monday on the Couch
Monday on the Couch is a discussion format within the Bosch Alumni Network. One Monday each month, we are inviting experts from our network to the iac Community Space to discuss a current political or societal topic. After the discussion, there is time to continue the conversation over drinks. Are you interested in organizing a Monday on the Couch event? Please feel free to send us some lines with your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org!