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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Launches Higher Education Technology Policy Brief

Ted Mitchell

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology will be releasing Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education: A Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan.

Please join Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell for a discussion of the plan’s recommendations for colleges and universities, and the wider higher education ecosystem. The Supplement explores the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education and the role technology can play in ensuring that the system meets our nation’s equity goals of access, affordability, and completion of high-quality programs. Emerging practices and policy implications drawn from the document will also inform the conversation.


  • Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education
  • Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
  • Sharon Leu, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Educational Technology
  • Members of the Technical Working Group who contributed to the Supplement, including Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX

This xTalk is co-sponsored with the US Department of Education.

Read the MIT news article for a summary of the main points of this Talk.