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Microsoft Research and MIT iCampus Symposium to Address Learning Without Barriers/Technology Without Borders


Two-day symposium to mark completion of iCampus Research Alliance for Educational Technology.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Nov. 30, 2006 —
• What:On Dec. 1 and 2, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Microsoft Research will host a symposium called Learning Without Barriers/Technology Without Borders, bringing together national leaders from industry, academia and government to focus on how technology is transforming the educational experience and promising technological advancements that can help address the challenges facing higher education. Based on research sponsored by iCampus — a research collaboration between MIT and Microsoft Research — more than 70 academic papers were published on information technology in education. Although the event concludes the formal research alliance, the resulting tools and best practices will continue to benefit pedagogical research and will be used and further developed by higher-education institutions worldwide.

• Who:
Speakers at the symposium will include Susan Hockfield, president of MIT; John Seeley Brown, former chief scientist at Xerox Corp.; Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research; and Deborah Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness.

• Agenda:

• Where:
MIT campus, Cambridge, Mass.

• When:Friday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, with a special media-only event from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST

• Event Details: On Friday, Dec. 1, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., MIT faculty and students and Microsoft Researchers will demonstrate key iCampus alliance projects in an event open only to members of the press. Presentations will cover projects such as the Classroom Learning Partner, designed to increase instructor-student interaction and student learning in large classes; technology-enabled active learning; and The Huggable, a therapeutic robotic companion and cross-media annotation system. Descriptions of the demos can be found at

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