Friday, September 24 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
How Open Data can Drive Transparency and Transformation in Virtual Universities

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The pandemic era has forced universities worldwide to pivot to online learning platforms with lessons emerging daily about the challenges that students, faculty, and administrators face. Access to open data is largely an untapped goldmine that could improve learning outcomes and reduce the higher dropout rate associated with virtual education. As a matter of fact, only 1 in 5 virtual universities have reported their annual data on the National Center for Education Statistics website. As such, there is no transparent data system that could have helped optimize virtual learning. Virtual universities can foster transparency by releasing new datasets on graduation/course completion rate, periodic financial reports, as well as expand already existing datasets like enrollment statistics and student base.

Our session will review the impact of COVID-19 on virtuial learning and what this means for the future of education. We shall also review how access to key data sets can help to optimize learning online.

This session builds upon our Honourable mention from the Stanford University Open Datathon where we emerged Top 3 under the Policy and Advocacy Track of the Data Hackathon. We believe this session is an unexplored area of intellectual inquiry and we look forward to building this conversation with you. 

About Policy Shapers
Policy Shapers is a youth-led open source platform for policy ideas that address the world’s most pressing challenges. The platform features policy ideas worth implementing.

We strongly believe that young people are the missing stakeholder group on the policy table despite the fact that their lives and future are most-affected by policy outcomes.

Through Policy Shapers we hope to inspire the next generation of policymakers and provide them a platform to share their ideas and collaborate for change. The policy ideas shared on this platform are accessible publicly for anyone to learn from and this is in line with core open source principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.

Learn more at www.policyshapers.com

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Oseni Oluwatobi Timothy

Policy Shapers
Oseni Oluwatobi has worked extensively as a Learning Specialist driving digital equity in different technology education projects by the United Nations Educational Scientific Organization (UNESCO), Microsoft Nigeria #Code2Earn training over 26,000 to Code in one of the most ambitious... Read More →
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Ebenezar Wikina

Founder, Policy Shapers
Ebenezar Wikina has over 11 years of cross-sectoral experience working in media, policy, youth development, community organizing, data science and biomimicry. Ebenezar is the founder of Policy Shapers (www.policyshapers.com), the world's first open source platform for policy ideas... Read More →
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Chimdi Chukwukere

Research Assistant, Seton Hall University
National Security and Education policy researcher.
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Kehinde Adebiyi

Doctoral Scholar, Indiana University, Bloomington
Microbiologist | SDGs Advocate | Policy Shaper

Friday September 24, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm UTC