1EdTech Consortium Announces Plenary Speakers

1EdTech Consortium Announces Plenary Speakers for 2017 Learning Impact Leadership Institute

Visionary Leadership at Signature Global Event Affirms Movement in EdTech Toward Plug and Play Ecosystem

LAKE MARY, Florida, 12 April 2017 – 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation, announced the lineup of industry leaders who will speak to a global audience of education technology and academic leaders at the annual Learning Impact Leadership Institute. The plenary sessions will be delivered, as a series of dynamic 15-minute lightning talks focused on Creating the Future EdTech Ecosystem Together, by industry leaders who are championing the growth of the plug and play ecosystem to support innovation.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Tim Beekman, president and co-founder, SAFARI Montage
  • Ken Brooks, chief operating officer, Macmillan Learning
  • Keith Krueger, chief executive officer, CoSN
  • Stephen Laster, chief digital officer, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Melissa Loble, vice president, platform and partnerships, Instructure
  • Phillip Long, chief innovation officer Project 2021, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Leah Lommel, assistant vice president and chief operating officer, EdPlus at ASU
  • Jonathan Mott, chief learning officer, Learning Objects
  • Marc Nelson, vice president, platform product management and marketing, Pearson
  • Serena Sacks, chief information officer, Fulton County Schools
  • Anthony Salcito, vice president of education, Microsoft
  • Lenny Schad, chief technology information officer, Houston Independent School District
  • Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt, director of innovation, ADL Initiative

Closing response panelists include:

  • Jason Palmer, general partner, New Markets Venture Partners
  • Deborah Quazzo, co-founder and managing partner, GSV Acceleration
  • James Wiley, principal analyst, Eduventures
  • Troy Williams, managing director, University Ventures

In addition to the plenary sessions, there are eight parallel tracks in which industry leaders will reveal the latest innovations and practices in achieving digital transformation:

  • Digital curriculum advances to enable faculty innovation and student-centered learning
  • Strategic and near-term IT foundations to encourage academic innovation
  • K-12 digital learning ecosystem revolution: changing the lives of teachers and students
  • Accessibility advances: industry leaders cooperating on content, tools, platforms
  • e-Assessment at the leading edge: advanced items, adaptive testing, large scale real-time processing
  • Learning insights: learning data and analytics to inform student success
  • Next-generation environment now: the latest developments in the 1EdTech plug and play ecosystem of platforms, apps, and tools
  • Reinventing the transcript: digital credentials, Open Badges, and competency-based education programs

“The Learning Impact Leadership Institute was created to help develop the leadership and ideas that will help shape the future of educational technology,” said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO of 1EdTech Consortium. “This year’s program features an impressive roster of presenters and the key topics that institutions need to be on top of to enable their digital strategies.”

The Learning Impact Leadership Institute is the premier event for senior curriculum, academic, and IT leaders who are engaged in driving educational technology forward to meet the demands for making learning more personalized, affordable, and accessible for all. It will be held in Denver, Colorado, May 16-19, 2017.

Statements of Support for the Learning Impact Leadership Institute

“D2L has been proud to collaborate with 1EdTech to champion an interoperable ecosystem of platforms, tools and apps that help make personalized learning a reality. As an early and continuing investor in the development of open standards, we are passionate believers in 1EdTech’s mission and driving true learning impact through better learning technology.”
—Jeremy Auger, chief strategy officer, D2L
“I am excited for the opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn with fellow edtech leaders at the 2017 Learning Impact Leadership Institute. Every year, 1EdTech brings together the brightest minds in the industry with a commitment and passion for building innovative and interoperable digital learning environments. SAFARI Montage is proud to be a part of the work the 1EdTech community is achieving throughout the year designing and perfecting standards for creating digital ecosystems that make the classroom learning environment work.”  
—Tim Beekman, president and co-founder, SAFARI Montage
“Instructure is deeply committed to the goals and initiatives of 1EdTech. The Learning Impact Leadership Institute helps raise awareness for the collaborative work being done to further open standards and innovation in education.”
—Melissa Loble, vice president, platform and partnerships, Instructure
“Informing and supporting our customers’ digital ecosystems is a priority for Pacific Metrics. The work we do with 1EdTech reinforces our commitment to delivering innovative and reliable assessment solutions. The annual Learning Impact Leadership Institute provides a venue for the top minds in education & technology to collaborate and provide guidance to the global learning community.”
—Bob Guerin, president, Pacific Metrics
“The work that 1EdTech is doing to drive educational technology standards is extraordinarily important for how institutions are approaching their educational strategies. Blackboard not only supports 1EdTech’s efforts by supporting 1EdTech standards in our products, but we also provide leadership support by actively participating in 1EdTech advisory boards and committees. This year’s Learning Impact Leadership Institute’s plenary sessions are particularly strong, and Blackboard is happy to continue to support this important event.”
—Phillip Miller, vice president of teaching and learning, Blackboard
"The 1EdTech Learning Impact Leadership Institute is one of the most important conferences I attend each year. It's a one-of-a-kind gathering of academic institutions, educational technology vendors, and practitioners with a common focus and purpose: eliminate the barriers between learning tools and data stores so that teachers can teach, students can learn, and institutions can innovate at drastically reduced money and time expenditures. The group who convenes at the Leadership Institute are passionate about transforming learning. This event makes possible our most aspirational visions for learners by grappling with and resolving the practical realities of complex educational technology implementations."
—Jonathan Mott, chief learning officer, Learning Objects


To learn more the Learning Impact Leadership Institute and to register, visit To see how the future of edtech starts here view the videos from the 2016 lightning talk series.

About 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech)

1EdTech is a nonprofit organization that advances technology to affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. 1EdTech members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. 1EdTech sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology. Visit and follow @LearningImpact.