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Leveraging Web Applications and Enterprise Integration to Enable Innovation and Creativity in Teaching and Learning

Learning Impact 2009 is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference that brings together the world's leading creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to participate in program tracks focused on the latest innovations in learning systems, digital learning content, the learning enterprise, and open technologies. Presenters answer a key challenge question designed to inform the attendees on the state of innovation and best practices.

The Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges is a gathering of industry leaders to introduce and debate ideas on issues impacting the growth of learning worldwide. This is a unique and highly direct conversation for the purpose of illuminating the key business challenges facing the learning industry. The Summit is facilitated by a focused set of highly interactive panel sessions with audience participation.

The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution.

Learning Impact 2009 will be held at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona SPAIN.

Hotel Fira Palace Barcelona
Avda Rius I Taulet, 1-3. Barcelona 08004. Spain.
Tel: +34 934 262 223

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Draft Agenda ( Monday, 11 May - Tuesday, 12 May - Wednesday, 13 May - Thursday, 14 May )
* indicates events for IMS Contributing Members Only

Keynote Speakers:

Malcolm ReadDr. Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary, Joint Information Systems Committee, United Kingdom

Dr. Malcolm Read graduated in 1973 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester on the hydrometeorology of a glacial catchment. He then worked in the Overseas Development Administration before moving to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in 1979. He ran the computer department at the Institute of Hydrology before moving into administrative computing to head the Joint Administrative Computing Service of NERC and the, then, Science and Engineering Research Council in 1988.

Since July 1993 Dr. Read has worked for the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils as the Executive Secretary to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Apart from his overall responsibility for the Executive he has been particularly involved in ICT policy and strategy development in post 16 education and research. He is also Chairman of the European Networking Policy Group.

 

Maruja GutierrezMaruja Gutierrez-Diaz
Adviser to the Director of Lifelong Learning: European Year of Creativity and Innovation at European Commission, EAC

Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz has degrees in architecture and in urban planning from the School of Architecture, (Polytechnic University - Madrid, 1971). She was a Postgraduate Researcher at the Planning Research Unit, University of Edinburgh; specialist in computer-aided planning techniques. After some years as Consultant, she was appointed as Head of the Centre for Information and Documentation of the Madrid Regional Government, in charge of both technical and citizen oriented information systems. 

She joined the European Commission in 1988, as specialist in new technologies. First, as Deputy Head of the Central Library, in charge of its modernisation and networking. Since 1995, as Head of the Publications Unit, member of the Europa server launching team and of the interinstitutional editorial board. In October 1999, she became Head of the new unit Multimedia - Culture, Education, Training, in charge of the eLearning initiative and today she is Adviser to the Director of Lifelong Learning: European Year of Creativity and Innovation at European Commission, EAC.

Denise KirkpatrickProfessor Denise Kirkpatrick
Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality
The Open University

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick is Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at The Open University.  Her portfolio includes strategic leadership of the University's distance learning design, development and delivery.  She leads the research of technology enhanced  learning and teaching, and for overseeing Quality Assurance policy, practice and standards.

Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at La Trobe University in Australia and has worked in a number of Australian universities, leading and managing distance learning operations and as an academic.  She has a PhD in teaching and learning and has worked extensively in the area of teaching and learning policy and practice, with an emphasis on the use of new media in on and off campus learning.

Denise’s recent research investigates the ways Millennials approach learning and ways of creating effective and engaging learning experiences for these students.  Her previous research has investigated effective design for learning with new technologies and student engagement in e-learning.  She developed the award winning Mekong e-Sim, an online role play simulation which was used to teach students in Australian and Malaysian universities and was a member of the team responsible for the CATS project - Creating Accessible Teaching and Support - a suite of projects to support staff teaching students with disabilities.

Denise was President of the Australasian Council on Open Distance E-Learning (ACODE) for four years and led the establishment of ACODE benchmarks for technology supported learning and the introduction of the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. Denise has worked as an educational consultant in Australasia, South East Asia and Africa. She is a member of the Executive Board of ICDE (International Council on Distance and eLearning, Pearson Strategic Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.

 

 

Michael ChasenMichael L. Chasen
Chief Executive Officer. Blackboard


As chief executive officer for Blackboard Inc., Michael Chasen has provided the leadership to take Blackboard from a start-up company with just one product and a handful of clients to a publicly held company, with thousands of clients, offering software and services used by millions of people around the world. His expertise managing fast growth Internet software companies coupled with a passion to enhance education through technology has been critical to Blackboard's success.
Chasen, together with Blackboard Chairman Matthew Pittinsky, founded the company in 1997.  Chasen brings a solid mixture of business development and Internet engineering skills to Blackboard, and has extensive experience in educational consulting. During his tenure, he has provided both strategic and tactical direction for every department in the company. Chasen spends his time running the day-to-day business as well as developing and implementing Blackboard's vision and business strategy.


Before founding Blackboard, Chasen served as a member of the Higher Education Practice at KPMG Consulting, the world's largest professional services firm serving colleges and universities. He worked closely with several universities and colleges to implement wide-ranging software systems and also managed high-profile online development projects within the U.S. Department of Education.
Washington SmartCEO selected Chasen as its first “CEO of the Year” in 2006.  Ernst & Young named Chasen and Pittinsky “Entrepreneurs of the Year for Emerging Companies in Washington, D.C.” The Kilby Awards Foundation also honored Chasen and Pittinsky as “Young Innovators” for having recognized and delivered on the demand for a high-quality, easy-to-use, and cost-effective online educational software platform.


Recently named one of DC's most-admired bosses by Washington Techway Magazine, and one of the area's rising stars by Washington Business Forward, Chasen has been featured in print, broadcast, and online media, including CNNfn, Fox News, Sam Donaldson's ABC.com, Internet.com, EXBETV.com, Associated Press, Forbes, PC Magazine, WUSA-TV (CBS), Wired.com, Beyond Computers, Technology & Learning, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Chasen holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in computer science from American University.

Llorenc ValverdeLlorence Valverde , Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC)

Llorence Valverde is the Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), a fully online university with more than 40.000 students, several undergraduate and graduate degrees and a PhD program on Information and Knowledge Society (IKS). He is also a tenured Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence full professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) since 1989.
Professor Valverde has conducted extensive research in Artificial Intelligence, some of it during his stays at the University of California at Berkeley and  some other other universities and research centers. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of several scientific publications in the field.

More recently, his focus has been in the  IKS area, assessing companies and institutions such as the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Council of Mallorca, and helping them define and develop strategies for IKS.

Professor Valverde has been the Head of the Computer Science Department at the UIB from 1995 to 2004. He has also been the technical director of the digital edition of the journal  Diari de Balears (1998) and, during 2005, he was the executive director of FOBSIC, a Foundation dedicated to the Obervation and monitoring the IKS in Catalunya. He actively collaborates with several media, has a weekly column on technology issues on a newspaper and has published two books on the subject.

At the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), he leads several teams in the design and development of e-learning technologies as well as being responsible for setting the direction and leading all technology resources at the University.


Greg Butler Greg Butler, Education Audience Director – Microsoft Education Products Group, Microsoft

Greg Butler is currently responsible for education audience and government relations development for Microsoft Education Product Group through supporting strategic partnerships and programs that align Microsoft’s Citizenship activities and Commercial efforts. Through this role Greg works with key global organizations such as UNESCO, World Bank, European Union and OECD. After spending 15 years as a teacher, principal, technology consultant and university lecturer, Greg founded two successful companies and a not-for-profit organization. He joined Microsoft in 2001 to lead all academic programs for Microsoft in the US, moving on to the role of Worldwide Director for K12 Strategy, Solutions and Programs. Greg’s most significant accomplishment during this period was playing a leadership role in the design and implementation of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative. This initiative continues to be a major focus of Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts, with an investment of nearly US$500M and 100 dedicated people for worldwide implementation. Following on, Greg was appointed NSW Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia. In this role he lead Microsoft’s Education, Government and Healthcare teams in NSW, working with government to improve student outcomes and government services through the use of technology. Greg is passionate about partnerships as a model to tap into the power of ICT to transform learning, engagement and improving student outcomes. He also loves spending time riding his motorcycle.

Kendrick McLishKendrick McLish, Vice President of Product and Strategy, Pearson eCollege


As Vice President of Product and Strategy at Pearson eCollege, Kendrick McLish leads the vision, planning and strategy for Pearson eCollege’s suite of eLearning tools.  Today, more than 650 education programs deliver their online programs using the Pearson eCollege eLearning solution. Pearson eCollege has integrated a feature-rich, intuitive teaching platform, designed and built to strict quality control standards. In addition, Pearson eCollege integrates self-service administrative tools, such as sophisticated tracking and reporting tools for continuous operational improvement, with technical and academic consulting services to augment the skills of existing academic institution staff.

As a Pearson company, eCollege is part of the largest supplier of educational content, support systems and products in the world. Through strategic alliances and organic growth, Pearson has put in place all the pieces necessary to create the world's leading education technology company. With Pearson eCollege, institutions receive the support of systems engineers, IT specialists, product managers, trainers, course developers, instructional designers, multimedia consultants, operational support and help desk representatives. All of these services are provided from a single company, Pearson eCollege.

Mr. McLish leads the product development of Pearson eCollege’s SaaS, cloud-computing eLearning platform. In partnership with dozens of Pearson Education entities and business partners, Pearson eCollege is redefining K-12 and higher education offerings with world-class collaboration, personalization, analytics and assessment tools. Previously, Mr. McLish was Pearson eCollege’s Director of Account Management and Operations, working directly with some of the largest online education programs in the world. Prior to Pearson eCollege, Mr. McLish worked for Routledge, an academic publishing division of Thomson, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

 

Photo of Fabrizio Cardinali Fabrizio Cardinali, ELIG chair and Giunti Labs CEO

Fabrizio Cardinali is the CEO of Giunti Labs (www.giuntilabs.com), Europe's leading online and mobile learning content management solutions (LCMS) provider. Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS suite now also includes the Hive Digital Repository product line, recently acquired by Giunti Labs from the Australian Company, HarvestRoad. Fabrizio is one of Europe's leading e-learning experts and author of numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he serves as Chair of the European eLearning Industry Group (ELIG), a group which encompasses all major EU stakeholders in the learning industry innovation cycle (www.elig.org). He is also Global Strategy Advisor to MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative; a Member of the European Commission Experts Group on eContent, and a Member of several EU Study Groups on the future of learning resources' digital marketplaces. He has given invited speeches at the Italian, Polish and Hungarian Ministries of Education and to the Russian State Duma Group on eLearning.

 

Frank MenchacaFrank Menchaca, Executive Vice President, Publishing, Gale, A part of Cengage Learning

Mr. Menchaca began his career with Gale in 1994 and was most recently publisher and vice president, History, Social Science, Science and Spanish. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Gale, including vice president and publisher of four Gale imprints: Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Reference USA, Schirmer Reference and Twayne Publishers.

Mr. Menchaca's professional activities are many. He currently serves on the Friends Foundation of the Detroit Public Library. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Publishing. He has contributed articles to scholarly journals and books in the field of digital information and libraries. He is also a frequent speaker and has given talks at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Michigan and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation. Mr. Menchaca has taught classes in publishing and information technology at Pace University and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

In addition to being a publishing executive, Mr. Menchaca is a published author and translator. He has written and published poetry, criticisms, reviews and video scripts. He won the Thomas Wolfe Awards for Poetry in 1982 and 1983. His books of poetry include Nicolo G---- and the Days of November (1991) and AL (1999).

He earned his M.A. in English Literature, with Honors, from Yale University, and a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University.



DRAFT AGENDA
Monday, 11 May
9:30 - 13:00 IMS Annual Meeting & Technical Advisory Board Meeting*
11:00 Registration Open
14:30- 15:00

Working Together to Enable the Future of Learning & Teaching

We all know that the future holds changes in the educational experience. But what will they be? In the last three years 150 examples of the use of technology to improve learning have been nominated for Learning Impact Awards. What do these nominations and those chosen as LIA award winners indicate about "the state" of digital support for teaching and learning? In this talk, we look at this and other trends in technology, education's role in global society, and standards in order to try to understand where we are going and, most importantly, how we are likely to get there. The supportive role of the IMS Global Learning Consortium will also be discussed.

Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D., CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Photo of Rob Abel Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world's leading nonprofit member consortium developing, supporting, and advocating learning technology standards and best practices. Under Rob's leadership IMS Global has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning, as well as an education industry researcher focused on the impact of education in society. As Senior Vice President at Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards, including the Reusable Content Object (RCO) strategy. Rob is a member of the IEEE, ACM, ASTD, ISTE, and American Educational Research Association. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. His articles, commentary, and research have been featured by Educause Review, Educause Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Greentree Gazette, Campus Technology, The League for Innovation, University Business, and eSchoolNews.


15:00 -15:45

Open Educational Resources: an international infrastructure
A considerable amount of course material from a wide range of organisations across the world is readily available on the web. This may be managed by an individual lecturer, an institution, or in a very few cases (so far) part of a national initiative. A lot (most?) of this material is not contextualised; either in a pedagogic ( i.e. placed in terms of a curriculum of study) or laterally (i.e. linked to other resources covering the same topic) sense. In England we are piloting an OER programme designed to encourage lecturers, university departments (by subject) and institutions to make resources openly available with sufficient metadata to provide these contextual dimensions. It is to be hoped this will become the norm and that a genuine layer of open educational resources, across the world (at least in English), will form part of a professionally organised infrastructure of academic and scholarly resources including research outputs and data, and cultural resources. This vision presents a challenge for learning management systems (many of which are closed proprietary systems) and, not least, for IMS in developing appropriate standards to support and promote the use of such an infrastructure.


Dr. Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary, Joint Information Systems Committee, United Kingdom

Malcolm Read Dr. Malcolm Read graduated in 1973 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester on the hydrometeorology of a glacial catchment. He then worked in the Overseas Development Administration before moving to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in 1979. He ran the computer department at the Institute of Hydrology before moving into administrative computing to head the Joint Administrative Computing Service of NERC and the, then, Science and Engineering Research Council in 1988.

Since July 1993 Dr. Read has worked for the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils as the Executive Secretary to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Apart from his overall responsibility for the Executive he has been particularly involved in ICT policy and strategy development in post 16 education and research. He is also Chairman of the European Networking Policy Group.

15:45 - 16:15 Break
16:15-16:45

e-Learning 2.0, the next generation of online learning

Mr. Chasen will discuss the next generation of online learning, and specifically address:

(1)     How are schools can incorporate web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX, DHTML and mash-ups to improve online learning experiences.
(2)     How initiatives such as mobile learning and social learning spaces are going to affect how students interact with their teachers and each other
(3)     How the simultaneous evolution of the openness and the standardization of course management systems is going to allow us to start to  address global education challenges.


Michael L. Chasen, Chief Executive Officer, Blackboard

Michael Chasen


As chief executive officer for Blackboard Inc., Michael Chasen has provided the leadership to take Blackboard from a start-up company with just one product and a handful of clients to a publicly held company, with thousands of clients, offering software and services used by millions of people around the world. His expertise managing fast growth Internet software companies coupled with a passion to enhance education through technology has been critical to Blackboard's success.
Chasen, together with Blackboard Chairman Matthew Pittinsky, founded the company in 1997.  Chasen brings a solid mixture of business development and Internet engineering skills to Blackboard, and has extensive experience in educational consulting. During his tenure, he has provided both strategic and tactical direction for every department in the company. Chasen spends his time running the day-to-day business as well as developing and implementing Blackboard's vision and business strategy.


Before founding Blackboard, Chasen served as a member of the Higher Education Practice at KPMG Consulting, the world's largest professional services firm serving colleges and universities. He worked closely with several universities and colleges to implement wide-ranging software systems and also managed high-profile online development projects within the U.S. Department of Education.
Washington SmartCEO selected Chasen as its first “CEO of the Year” in 2006.  Ernst & Young named Chasen and Pittinsky “Entrepreneurs of the Year for Emerging Companies in Washington, D.C.” The Kilby Awards Foundation also honored Chasen and Pittinsky as “Young Innovators” for having recognized and delivered on the demand for a high-quality, easy-to-use, and cost-effective online educational software platform.


Recently named one of DC's most-admired bosses by Washington Techway Magazine, and one of the area's rising stars by Washington Business Forward, Chasen has been featured in print, broadcast, and online media, including CNNfn, Fox News, Sam Donaldson's ABC.com, Internet.com, EXBETV.com, Associated Press, Forbes, PC Magazine, WUSA-TV (CBS), Wired.com, Beyond Computers, Technology & Learning, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Chasen holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in computer science from American University.

16:45-17:15

Towards  Europe's Knowledge Renaissance 2.0? Advancing Learning Innovation and Creativity  in Europe's Knowledge Society (and Surviving Global Crisis and Competition)

Today  western Economies, and Europe in particular, need to harness innovation  in educational technologies to better compete and survive in the emerging global competition and economical turmoil.
But Innovation might not be enough...Europe might need a new wave of creative thinking and interdisciplinary convergence to keep what might remain Europe's last competing edge, creativity...

This speech is delivered by Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO of Giunti labs, a leading EU provider of Online and Mobile Learning Content Management Services and Solutions and Chair of ELIG, the European Learning Industry Group association, to  present the value of innovation and creativity in learning technologies, in conjunction with the definition of 2009 as Year of European Creativity by the European Commission.

The speech presents EU RD projects with interdisciplinary advancements and convergence of pedagogy, ict and media innovation and creativity hopefully capable to contribute towards learning personalisation and personalization whilst recreate the same "perfect knowledge storm"  that in the 5th Century led to the Renaissance movement, which still stays untouched as one of Europe's highest cultural moments, that of gathering expertise and interdisciplinary convergence, with a  burst of creativity and innovation that lasted for years for the benefit of all European citizens. A perfect storm that presumably Europe might need again to survive global crisis and compete in global challenges in the New Millennium.

 

Fabrizio Cardinali, ELIG chair and Giunti Labs CEO
Photo of Fabrizio Cardinali Fabrizio Cardinali is the CEO of Giunti Labs (www.giuntilabs.com), Europe's leading online and mobile learning content management solutions (LCMS) provider. Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS suite now also includes the Hive Digital Repository product line, recently acquired by Giunti Labs from the Australian Company, HarvestRoad. Fabrizio is one of Europe's leading e-learning experts and author of numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he serves as Chair of the European eLearning Industry Group (ELIG), a group which encompasses all major EU stakeholders in the learning industry innovation cycle (www.elig.org). He is also Global Strategy Advisor to MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative; a Member of the European Commission Experts Group on eContent, and a Member of several EU Study Groups on the future of learning resources' digital marketplaces. He has given invited speeches at the Italian, Polish and Hungarian Ministries of Education and to the Russian State Duma Group on eLearning.

17:15 -19:00

Learning Impact Finalists Showcase - See the Finalists who will be showcasing their projects

Expert Judges:
Dr. Nicholas H. Allen, Provost Emeritus & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College

Nicholas AllenDr. Nicholas H. Allen, Provost Emeritus & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College

Nicholas H. Allen was the first provost and chief academic officer of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) from 1998 until his retirement from that post in 2007; he was Interim President while the University searched for a new president in 2005. During these years of dramatic growth in online education, Allen provided academic leadership and strategic direction to UMUC's worldwide operations as the institution emerged as the 12th largest public university in the United States and one of the world’s major virtual universities with online enrollments reaching 177,000 in 2007.  Dr. Allen is a Collegiate Professor in the University’s Graduate School of Management & Technology.

Allen first joined UMUC in 1987 as a senior faculty member and director of general management and executive programs in the university’s Graduate School.  He became Dean of the school in 1991 and led it through a time of significant program innovation and expansion, now reaching over 15,000 graduate students.  Prior to UMUC, Allen served 23 years in various leadership positions with the U.S. Coast Guard, a public, humanitarian agency of some 40,000 members. Among those assignments he commanded two cutters and was a program manager at the Coast Guard Institute, responsible for the professional qualification courses and service-wide promotion examinations for the Coast Guard enlisted workforce.

He received his BS degree from the U.S. Coast Academy, MBA from Oklahoma City University, and MPA and DPA degrees from The George Washington University.

Nick is a frequent and strong voice for continuing and higher education, and an advocate for using technology and process reengineering to achieve access to high quality, affordable education on a scalable basis.  In addition to his role on the Executive Strategic Council of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, he currently serves on the Commission for Lifelong Learning of the American Council of Education, and on the Interim Board of Trustees for the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).

He received his BS degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, and MPA and DPA degrees from the George Washington University.

Erlend Øverby, CEO, Hypatia AS
Erlend OverbyErlend Øverby has been active in international standardisation since 1997, where documentformats was the main focus. Since 2000 he has been active in working with learning technologies as a co-founder of Webucation AS - a Norwegian based learning technology company (merged later with Corpversity AS and Learnways AB) since 2000 he has been managing the Norwegian efforts and participation in international standardisation of learning technologies. Since 2004 he has been convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC37/WG7. Currently he is CEO of Hypatia AS a Norwegian based consulting company.
Gary Driscoll, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Gary Driscoll is the Executive Director of the Assessment Technologies Group at ETS. He has directed a wide variety of key strategic ETS assessment technology efforts that encompass: scoring, item banking, test assembly, natural language essay scoring, web based constructed response scoring, state-of-the-art score reporting, automated Score Report QC, statistical analysis, and computer based test delivery. These technologies touch virtually every test that ETS creates, administers, and scores. Gary has been awarded three educational technology patents based on his work in these areas. Gary also directs the software development efforts for several ETS commercial products including CriterionSM, ProofWriter™, and e-rater®.

Gary was a Learning Impact 2007 Platinum Award winner. He is a member of the IMS Global Technical Advisory Board. He was an Expert Panel member at alt-i-lab 2003 and a Demonstrators Evaluation Committee judge at alt-i-lab 2006. Gary has served as an ETS’ Global Institute faculty member. He holds degrees from the College of New Jersey (BA), and Rutgers University (M.Ed.).

Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D., CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Photo of Rob Abel Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world's leading nonprofit member consortium developing, supporting, and advocating learning technology standards and best practices. Under Rob's leadership IMS Global has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning, as well as an education industry researcher focused on the impact of education in society. As Senior Vice President at Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards, including the Reusable Content Object (RCO) strategy. Rob is a member of the IEEE, ACM, ASTD, ISTE, and American Educational Research Association. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. His articles, commentary, and research have been featured by Educause Review, Educause Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Greentree Gazette, Campus Technology, The League for Innovation, University Business, and eSchoolNews.

Dr. Susan E. Saxton, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Academic Officer, Laureate Education, Inc


Dr. Saxton Dr. Saxton is an innovative champion of expanding access to higher education around the world. She is the Chief Academic Officer for Laureate Education, where she leads Product Strategy and Development, Regulatory and Institutional Oversight, and Innovation, Research and Development. Prior to joining Laureate, she was Vice President for Strategy and Product Development and Dean of Students at Kaplan University. Dr. Saxton previously served as the Dean of the College of e-Learning at Lynn University in Florida, and was the Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Capella University in its very early years. She formerly was President and CEO of Computing Solutions Inc., an internet-related education company that provided consulting and networking for large technology users and vendors via conferences and expositions around the country. Dr. Saxton also served in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young, providing consulting services to key international clients. Dr. Saxton holds a Ph.D. in Business and Human Services from Capella University, formerly The Graduate School of America. She earned her M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University, and her B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College. She also attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgia State University for a M.Tx. and Columbus University for an M.Ed. Dr. Saxton has appeared before the U.S. Congress to promote legislation that would broaden access to higher education. She also is the author and editor of several articles, case studies and books on corporate strategy, virtual teams, leadership, online teaching and learning methodology, and organizational management. She has taught more that three dozen masters and doctoral courses and mentored over 100 doctoral students.
19:00 Welcome Reception
Tuesday, 12 May
10:00- 10:30 Keynote Speaker:
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality The Open University

Denise Kirkpatrick

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick is Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at The Open University.  Her portfolio includes strategic leadership of the University's distance learning design, development and delivery.  She leads the research of technology enhanced  learning and teaching, and for overseeing Quality Assurance policy, practice and standards.

Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at La Trobe University in Australia and has worked in a number of Australian universities, leading and managing distance learning operations and as an academic.  She has a PhD in teaching and learning and has worked extensively in the area of teaching and learning policy and practice, with an emphasis on the use of new media in on and off campus learning.

Denise’s recent research investigates the ways Millennials approach learning and ways of creating effective and engaging learning experiences for these students.  Her previous research has investigated effective design for learning with new technologies and student engagement in e-learning.  She developed the award winning Mekong e-Sim, an online role play simulation which was used to teach students in Australian and Malaysian universities and was a member of the team responsible for the CATS project - Creating Accessible Teaching and Support - a suite of projects to support staff teaching students with disabilities.

Denise was President of the Australasian Council on Open Distance E-Learning (ACODE) for four years and led the establishment of ACODE benchmarks for technology supported learning and the introduction of the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. Denise has worked as an educational consultant in Australasia, South East Asia and Africa. She is a member of the Executive Board of ICDE (International Council on Distance and eLearning, Pearson Strategic Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.


Today’s learners – challenges and responses
What are the major learning challenges for educational institutions and how might we respond? Universities and other higher education institutions are characterised by increasingly diversity student groups who have quite different learning needs and expectations. While the uptake of new technologies is uneven across national populations, the trend is clearly that technologies are permeating the personal and educational lives of our students. How are universities responding to this? In an increasingly competitive educational marketplace how can universities harness technologies to attract and retain students and develop productive strategic partnerships? The Open University has always used technologies to support and enhance student learning – and today our students and staff are supported using a variety of technologies from print to social networking and virtual worlds. Denise will provide an overview of the technologies and channels are we using to engage students and staff and consider the challenges that institutions need to address in deploying these successfully.
10:30- 11:00 Keynote Speaker:
Llorenç Valverde, Vice President for Technology, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Llorenc ValverdeLlorenç Valverde , Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC)

Llorenç Valverde is the Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), a fully online university with more than 40.000 students, several undergraduate and graduate degrees and a PhD program on Information and Knowledge Society (IKS). He is also a tenured Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence full professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) since 1989.
Professor Valverde has conducted extensive research in Artificial Intelligence, some of it during his stays at the University of California at Berkeley and  some other other universities and research centers. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of several scientific publications in the field.

More recently, his focus has been in the  IKS area, assessing companies and institutions such as the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Council of Mallorca, and helping them define and develop strategies for IKS.

Professor Valverde has been the Head of the Computer Science Department at the UIB from 1995 to 2004. He has also been the technical director of the digital edition of the journal  Diari de Balears (1998) and, during 2005, he was the executive director of FOBSIC, a Foundation dedicated to the Obervation and monitoring the IKS in Catalunya. He actively collaborates with several media, has a weekly column on technology issues on a newspaper and has published two books on the subject.

At the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), he leads several teams in the design and development of e-learning technologies as well as being responsible for setting the direction and leading all technology resources at the University.

European Higher Education Area and Student Centered Learning

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has recently set new guidelines that demand, among other things, higher educational institutions to place students at the center of the system, that is, to shift from teaching to learning. UOC has always complied with this goal, as the learning processes of its students are mediated by ICT and focused in mentoring students in such processes. Teaching at UOC mainly consists of mentoring and helping guide learners through a motivating learning process. Nowadays, the scenario provided by ICT allows learning institutions to provide learners with more choice and flexibility, with access from any place and any time, and by anyone, and to also ensure engaging learning experiences. And, as far as possible, with the use of open source solutions. As the EHEA requires universities to be connected, to be able to transfer students and create common studies, UOC's challenge is to help create an environment that is interoperable and uses standards, allowing for the easy sharing of content creation and delivery, and for the interoperability of tools and services. The speech will share UOC's current work in this direction

11:15- 17:00 Program Tracks (synopsis of presentations will be available soon)
Learning Management, Collaborative, and Mobile Learning - Digital Content Innovation and Adaptive Learning Experiences - Accessibility,Personalized learning and ePortfolios, - Creativity & Innovation in European Education
Learning Management, Collaborative, and Mobile Learning Track:

Learning Management, Collaborative, and Mobile Learning Program Track:

11:15

"Free The Content" - Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform and Player
Warwick Bailey MRSC MIoD Director, Icodeon

This presentation will compare the implementation of the Icodeon SCORM Player and the Icodeon Common Cartridge Player - two web applications for running packaged content. In addition, the presentation will show how the web services API of the Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform  allows cartridge content to be embedded into blogs, wikis and mash-ups.

11:45

Desire2Learn Learning Environments
Jeremy Auger
, Chief Operating Officer, Desire2Learn

The import capabilities of the Desire2Learn Learning Environment have recently expanded to include Common Cartridge packages, including support for publisher licenses, authorization enforcement, and multiple protection schemes.  Come see a demonstration of how it works."

12:15 Break
12:30

Learning and Teaching Systems at the Open University
Ross Mackenzie, Strategic Development Manager, Open University

Over the last three years the Open University has made a substantial investment in extending the Moodle learning management system to enable it to support a community of over 200,000 learners.  The OU Moodle installation is integrated with a number of other systems developed locally and also with a number of commercial systems.  In this presentation I will review the latest developments and highlight a number of the interoperability challenges that the development team at the OU have needed to overcome, and also address the issues involved in ensuring that the development team continue to meet the evolving needs of a large learning community.

1:00

Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
John McCarney, Head of Education Services, RM
Mark Vevers, Technical Design Authority, RM
Karen-Ann MacAlpine, Educational Consultant, RM

The session will focus on the Glow project in Scotland, the first national intranet of its kind with 800,000 core educational users.  There will be brief exposition of what Glow is, including the nature of integrating VLE, e-mail, video-conferencing, chat, messenger, etc; and the challenges overcome in doing so.  Issues related to roll-out of Glow and its implementation will be discussed, including how RM has engaged with the Scottish Government, the national curriculum agency and all local authorities across Scotland.  An update on the current situation will be provided, followed by a glimpse of potential developments as Glow evolves.  How was the solution implemented by RM?  What are the implications for change?

1:30
Learning Together
Roger Larsen, Founder and Managing Director of Fronter


Roger Larsen Roger Larsen (36) is the Founder and Managing Director of Fronter, recently acquired by Pearson. Fronter is Europe's largest commercial open source learning platform, used by almost 10,000 learning institutions. Larsen founded Fronter in 1998 based on the idea of making easy-to-use tools for collaboration and learning on the web, based on open standards, and with the users and educationalists in control of the development. Simplicity, user control, and openness have therefore become the essence of Fronter's philosophy. Prior to Fronter, Larsen co-founded three Internet companies, all within the development of various web-based applications and services.

Fronter have for ten years developed a learning platform, currently in use by almost 10,000 learning institutions, heavily based upon open standards and in close collaboration with customer led reference groups. In this session Roger Larsen will briefly cover three areas:

  • Fronter’s vision for the next generation learning space, and how open standards will make web 2.0 services, rich web applications, back end systems and the learning platform melt together and create a new infrastructure for learning and collaboration online.
  • Share experiences from London MLE, powered by Fronter, where up to 2500 schools, 1 million learners and 100 000 teachers are connected into a great community of Londoners Learning Together. Larsen will explain how integration with each individual school’s administrative system is key to success and how open standards allow this to happen at an industrial scale, now approaching its 1000th implementation.
  • Finally, Larsen will briefly showcase how the use of open standards and common cartridge enabled a university to migrate from one learning platform to another, converting hundreds of courses which were built up over almost a decade.

 

Digital Content Innovation and Adaptive Learning Experiences Program Track Digital Content Innovation and Adaptive Learning Experiences Program Track:
11:15

BECTA and Content Packaging
Will Ellis
, Head of Digital Learning Resources, Becta

A discussion of the relevance of content packaging standards in relation to the needs of English schools, covering the introduction of the Becta learning platform services framework and the subsequent impact on UK content providers. The talk will provide the background to the formation of the SALTIS suppliers group and contrast the approach to developing an application profile with Becta's work to develop an interoperable file format for interactive whiteboard authoring tools

11:45

Reusability and Quality in Learning Object Repositories
Dr Gilbert Paquette, Director of research at LICEF Research Center, Télé-Université, Canada


This session will summarize recent advances in learning object repositories in three Canadian projects. The LORNET research network has produced,  in the last five year, a number of advanced prototypes and an assembly system TELOS. This system will be used to present a repository of learning designs compliant with the IMS-LD specification. The IDLD repository groups learning designs as learning objects referenced using the LOM augmented by an innovative classification focusing on the reusability of the learning designs. Also, TELOS will be used to present an executable quality process for learning objects repositories, supporting five main actors. The Q4R process has been built with the collaboration of partners in the GLOBE consortium and other organizations involved in providing learning object repository services.

12:15 Break
12:30

Intelligent Learning; From eLearning to Learning
David Collery CEO and Frank Claffey, Head of Development, CCKF

This presentation will focus on the use of artificial intelligence techniques in a truly personalised tutoring system. The central place of education in today's intelligence revolution necessitates the development of systems that fully understand, and cater for, the knowledge, skills, creativity and potential of each learner, while at the same time allowing for the measurement of progress against defined objectives and skills for the providers of education.

The talk will describe a learning engine that allies advanced mathematical techniques with modern pedagogical and cognitive thinking. The system works across all subject domains, building a profile of the learner that allows for the most appropriate matching of learning materials, teaching methods and pace of learning, in order to provide the ideal learning pathway that will maximise the potential for learning of each individual.

1:00

Introduction to digital content innovation projects in Korea
Yong-Sang Cho, Director, Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS)

Korea, a highly informatized nation, is recently seeing rapid social changes and a shortened knowledge life cycle. Revising the national curriculum to reflect such social changes is an inevitable choice as students who are used to learning through various digital media find paper-based textbooks outdated, but revising such textbooks takes time.
To address these problems by applying rapidly developing ICT(Information Communication Technology), the Ministry of Education and Sciense Technology established a plan in March 2007 to generalize the use of Digital Textbooks in schools and has been operating the Cyber Home Learning System from 2004.

1:30

European Schoolnet: Building a Learning Resource Exchange service for schools
Jim Ayre, Senior Adviser, European Schoolnet (EUN)

European Schoolnet (EUN) is a unique, not-for-profit consortium of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe created by the Ministries themselves in 1997. This presentation will focus on how EUN, together with its supporting Ministries and other partners, has developed a Learning Resource Exchange (LRE),  a new service that enables schools to find digital educational content from many different countries and providers. It initially includes content from Ministries of Education and other partners working with European Schoolnet  in large-scale, European Commission-funded projects. Over 128,000 learning resources and assets were made available when the LRE was officially launched as a public service on 1 December 2008. Additional resources from LRE Associate Partners are also being included in the LRE and the amount of content that schools can access is growing rapidly.

Personalization, ePortfolio,
Learning Information and
Accessibility Program Track

 

Personalization, ePortfolio, Learning Information and Accessibility Program Track:
11:15

Making it Easy to Implement Advanced Pedagogy Online
Professor James Dalziel, Director, Macquarie E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

While there are many advanced pedagogical methods for engaging students and improving learning, they are often challenging to implement. This presentation will discuss a new approach to using Learning Design to easily capture, share and implement advanced pedagogical methods. Building on existing ideas from other “pedagogic planners”, the presentation will provide live demonstrations of the new LAMS “Activity Planner”, including its practical use by typical educators, as well as the creation of template Learning Designs by expert designers

11:45

employabilityPortfolios as the basis lifelong Employability Services
Luk Vervenne, CEO, Synergetics NV/SA

ePortfolios have been successful in supporting learning & educational processes.
However there are many problems transferring and maintaining tangible results in the workplace.
We propose a employabilityPortfolio as a gateway of personal employability information, capable of supporting not only the individual but also any next-in-line employability related process. Securing such personal information exchange is proposed to be dealt with by results of the TAS³ project (www.tas3.eu)  

 

 

12:15 Break
12:30

Personalized Learning and Web Accessibility:
Greg Gay, University of Toronto, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre

IMS AccessForAll (AFA) is a standard for matching learning environments to individual learners. In a joint project between the University of Bologna and the University of Toronto, AFA  was implemented in the ATutor  open source Learning Management System (LMS).  See a
demonstration of the tools created for defining user preferences, for authoring and presenting AFA adapted content, and for importing and exporting interoperable content packages extended with AFA content.

Also see a preview of the soon to be release AChecker open source accessibility evaluator. Web content authors can use AChecker to review the accessibility of their Web content against a variety of international standards.  Tools make it possible to customize accessibility standards and to author  accessibility checks. Administrators can manage a community of Web sites to monitor their accessibility.

1:00

Scootle: Focused collaboration, personalisation and assessment
Preety Agarwal,
Senior Manager Information Systems, The Le@rning Federation, Melbourne, Australia

The emergence of Web 2.0 and social networking tools has required teachers to think in innovative ways in order to engage their students with various learning materials. Scootle introduces some unique tools that allow collaboration, personalisation and assessment in a focused environment. These tools are currently being trialled and they highlight a number of technological and learning design challenges. The presentation will discuss these issues and provide a live demonstration of the new Scootle tools.

 

1:30
Access For All Personalization - A Step Toward Mainstreaming
Rich Schwerdtfeger
, Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist, IBM
Andy Heath, Open University

 

Industry is moving towards the use of complex user interfaces both for mainstream business and information management systems and for education. While the W3C WAI approach and other design-oriented approaches to accessibility are a valuable part of making content and
systems accessible to all they do not go far enough. A one-size-fits-all approach does not fit today's IT and is not adequate to meet every user's needs. To do that we need adaptation to personal and environmental requirements.

This presentation will cover some of the functional requirements for adaptation and how IMS is working with the W3C and ISO to take Access For All to a mainstream delivery vehicle. As part of the Access For All working group efforts to adapt Access For All to the main stream and to
accelerate adoption educational institutions we have taken Access For All and divided it into core and full model representations. We will look at the core ontology and how it works into the W3C Delivery Context Ontology to form a standard vocabulary used by pervasive devices to specify how information should be delivered to meet the environment the user is operating in. We will also discuss how it is being used for the European Unified Approach for Accessible Lifelong Learning.

 

Creativity & Innovation in European Education
Program Track

Supported by:

ELIG

Chaired by Fabrizio Cardinali
CEO Giunti Labs & Chair ELIG

Creativity & Innovation in European Education Program Track:

11:15

Federating digital learning content repositories and marketplaces in Europe and beyond
Fabrizio Cardinali
, Giunti Labs

Fabrizio Cardinali, Chair of the European Learning Industry Group and CEO of Giunti Labs, presents  the theoretical and practical benefits of adding New Generation Digital Content Repositories and Marketplaces behind existing VLE and CMS centered set ups.
Since March 2008, when Giunti Labs acquired Harvestroad Hive DR technology from the Australian Stock exchange, Giunti labs and its partners have deployed more than 20 new world wide deployments of large national  infrastructures for sharing and reusing learning resources based on open standards based interoperable architectures interfacing backend repositories and networks with state of the art VLEs such as Blackboard, Moodle and/or Sakai to offer a broad set of learning resources, from standard eLearning cartridges to mobile, virtual and rich media based advancements.
 The speech will present the underlying theory for optimizing such DR integration within and state of  the art case studies in Europe ( in  France, Spain, Holland, Italy and UK),  Middle East and US, including the new Saudi national project MAKNAZ (“The Treasure Box of Saudi Education”)  the Tuscany Region vocational development project, TRIO (Training Research Innovation and Orientation) and the CalState Digital Marketplace Project in California as concrete samples of emerging World trends towards digital repositories and marketplaces for better  reuse and sharing of educational resoruces in our  Knowledge Societies.

 

11:45

Think Global - Train Local
Patricia Santos and Pascal Debordes, CEGOS

Using standards based learning content management technologies to develop Europe's leading soft skills catalogue. The eLearning solutions, with easy access and rapid distribution, promote great opportunities for international training projects. Companies need global training solutions that can be used worldwide and adapted to their own needs.

Cegos, with more than 80 years of pedagogical experience, has created an innovative eLearning catalogue using standards based learning content management systems.

The CEGOS eLearning solution is an unique offer because:

*              It can be used for eLearning or Blended programs
*              It integrates cultural diversity with contents localized in 9 different languages
*              It covers 12 different domains; with more than 200 modules develop with the support of international teams
*              It privileges user control and engagement with an interactive environment and special interactive features
*              It facilitates training for people with disabilities with the integration of specific tools, like synchronized subtitles, printable documents, etc.
*              It can be easily adapted to the companies needs because it was built using an LCMS

This offer will continue to grow, integrate other languages and explore innovative features.

12:15 Break
12:30

E-Learning: New Models of Knowledge Organisation and Communication

Prof. Maria Amata Garito, President/Rector of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Professor of Psychotechnologies, University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Faculty of Psychology

 

Internet has completely changed the ways of producing and communicating knowledge. The new media allow any citizen, without any limits of space and time to access knowledge. The amount of educational contents posted on the Internet makes learning take place also outside traditional educational and training organizations.

In this context, the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO carried out a lot of research work to identify the theoretical models upon which to implement networked collaborative teaching and learning processes. On the basis of the identified theoretical models the Internet-based didactic platform, www.uninettunouniversity.net has been engineered and it is the only one worldwide where teaching and learning are carried on in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Italian. In the Didactic cyberspace it is possible to access various learning environments: watch digitised videolessons linked, in a multimedia and hypertextual way, to books, texts, selected bibliographical references, lists of websites, exercises and virtual laboratories.
The Didactic Cyberspace learning environments allow to:

  • Organising and deliver educational contents in a pre-planned, structured and consequential way;
  • Adapting the educational process to the needs of the individual student;
  • Supplying the training tools capable of transforming theoretical knowledge into practical abilities and therefore into professional skills;
  • Monitoring the student’s learning progress through continuous assessments whose results can be consulted by the student himself in order auto-assess his own learning process;
  • Bringing together the protagonists of the learning process: students, professors and tutors in open and flexible learning environments allowing to:
  1. Starting up new bi-directional distance communication relationships in real time;
  2. Realising dynamic training contents that can be enriched by other contents available on the web;
  3. Integrating different kinds of media;
  4. Organising contents in a multimedia and hypertextual way;
  5. Customise the learning systems.

Thanks to the Internet, these new models of networked knowledge organisation and communication led to the creation of a new psycho-pedagogic model, which is characterised by the shift:
 

  • From the professor’s central role to the student’s central role,
  • From knowledge transfer to knowledge creation;
  • By the integration between theory and practice;
  • From a passive and competitive learning to an active and collaborative learning.

Universities’ lecture halls can arrive into the homes of the citizens of the whole world; students can attend university with no limits of space and time wherever they are in open spaces, in cultural centres, workplaces etc… and get a study title recognised in Italy, in Europe and the Mediterranean Countries. They can achieve the skills they need to enter the global labour market and to be able to interact with the different cultures of the world.

 

1:00

Interoperable Content for Performance in a European Competency-driven Society. The ICoper Initiative
Jaques Dang, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de ParisAbstract

ICOPER is a new EU Project designed to  provide mechanisms to ensure European-wide user involvement, cooperation, and adoption of standards within a large community, with an emphasis on higher education. The ICOPER networking capacity is grounded in key and leading experts in digital educational development and technology enhanced learning (TEL).  Driven by a consortium of 23 key players in Europe, it will provide access to a critical mass of more than 12,500 hours of integrated open educational content.  Based on this beneficial infrastructure it will systematically analyse the specifications and standards available and in use, to draw conclusions on their validity in ICOPER Suitability Reports for Better Practice. ICOPER's underlying educational framework will guide a consensus building approach to developing Best Practices, addressing issues such as: (1) exchange of competency models and learning outcomes, (2) collaboration around learning designs, (3) integration of content via federated search and harvesting, (4) reuse of instructional models and content in learning delivery environments, (5) interoperability of item banks for learner assessment and course evaluation.

1:30

Vet Tube. Building a Digital Video Marketplace for Veterinary Education Using Harvestroad Hive
Sophie TOUZE, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, France

The “Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon”, Vet School, of Lyon, the World's oldest veterinary school established in 1761 by Claude Bourgelat with the endorsement of King Louis XV who gave it the title of Royal School of France, presents a leading state of the art deployment of a Digital Repository set up for blending Video Based lectures within web2 and formal curricula education.

Based on Harvestroad Hive DR and a broad set of IMS and Scorm content specifications, the set up adopts OKI Osids to federate content from various web portals and RSS streams to ship content at the desktop and device of end users, much like a "YouTube for Education" set up.

Additionally the same content is then reused within a more formal Moodle set up used in the Lyon University educationaland curricula and plans to be federated within National and International learning objects networks...

With the deployment of such infrastructure, the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon » aims to become the driving force of a multi access digital market place for educational resources in France and in the international Veterinary domain.

The presentation will present pedagogical outcomes and users feedback as experiences after  the first roll out of the initiative.

14:00 Lunch
15:00

OpeniWorld Panel Presentation:

Service Oriented Architecture - State of the Art
 
A panel of experts on SOA and learning technologies will address the state of SOA and impact, or lack thereof, that SOA is having on learning technologies and thier use. Panelists include:

Julià Minguillón, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Stuart Sim, CTO, CommonNeed
Dr. Charles R. Severance, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, IMS Developer Coordinator.

 

 

16:30 Break
17:00

OpeniWorld Demonstrations

MyUOC, an Adaptive Learning Management System
Francesc Santanach, UOC Office of Learning Technologies
Xavi Aracil, UOC Office of Learning Technologies

Open-endedness for content federation via Hive Repository and WebTV

Sophie Touzé, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, Membre de Université de Lyon France Amiel Kaplan, Giunti Labs, Italie

Wednesday, 13 May

Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges

10:00

Keynote Speaker
Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz, Head of Unit Innovation and Creativity at European Commission, DG EAC

Keynote

Maruja Gutierrez

Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz has degrees in architecture and in urban planning from the School of Architecture, (Polytechnic University - Madrid, 1971). She was a Postgraduate Researcher at the Planning Research Unit, University of Edinburgh; specialist in computer-aided planning techniques. After some years as Consultant, she was appointed as Head of the Centre for Information and Documentation of the Madrid Regional Government, in charge of both technical and citizen oriented information systems. 

She joined the European Commission in 1988, as specialist in new technologies. First, as Deputy Head of the Central Library, in charge of its modernisation and networking. Since 1995, as Head of the Publications Unit, member of the Europa server launching team and of the interinstitutional editorial board. In October 1999, she became Head of the new unit Multimedia - Culture, Education, Training, in charge of the eLearning initiative and today she is Head of Unit Lifelonglearning: Innovation and Creativity.


11:00 Break

11:30 - 12:15

International Perceptions on the Theme of Creativity & Innovation in Using Technology to Support Learning Panel Session

Mark Stiles, Head of Learning Development and Innovation, Staffordshire University (Moderator)

Mark Stiles, Head of Learning Development and Innovation at Staffordshire University, has been involved with the use of technology to support learning for more than 20 years, and has led research and development work in strategy, policy, systems development and interoperability, and pedagogy. Mark also led the development of one of the first UK virtual learning environments, COSE, and has been involved in projects making use of IMS specifications since JISC first became involved in the consortium's work. Mark, Deputy Chair of the JISC Learning and Teaching committee, is also Chair of the JISC-CETIS Board. Mark's current work focuses on the support of work-based learning, and the tensions between issues of control and innovation within organisations deploying learning technologies. At Staffordshire, Mark holds a Professorial Chair in Technology Supported Learning.
Fabrizio Cardinali, ELIG chair and Giunti Labs CEO
Photo of Fabrizio Cardinali Fabrizio Cardinali is the CEO of Giunti Labs (www.giuntilabs.com), Europe's leading online and mobile learning content management solutions (LCMS) provider. Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS suite now also includes the Hive Digital Repository product line, recently acquired by Giunti Labs from the Australian Company, HarvestRoad. Fabrizio is one of Europe's leading e-learning experts and author of numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he serves as Chair of the European eLearning Industry Group (ELIG), a group which encompasses all major EU stakeholders in the learning industry innovation cycle (www.elig.org). He is also Global Strategy Advisor to MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative; a Member of the European Commission Experts Group on eContent, and a Member of several EU Study Groups on the future of learning resources' digital marketplaces. He has given invited speeches at the Italian, Polish and Hungarian Ministries of Education and to the Russian State Duma Group on eLearning.

Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang, CEO, IMS Korea, Prof., School of ICT of Sungkyunkwan University
Photo of Dr. Hwang Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang is a Professor in the School of ICT of Sungkyunkwan University. Previously he was the president of KERIS (Korea Education Research and Information Service), a leading Ministry of Education-affiliated organization in the educational and research field.

Over past twenty years he has been actively working as an expert on computer architecture (dataflow machine design), parallel processing, multimedia framework design, CSCW, cyber education system, and intellectual property right management. He also has more than 20-year experiences in both doing research and teaching students in Korean Universities. He has been with the faculty of School of EE & CE, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea since March 1987. During the period of Feb. 1997 - Jan. 2004 he took in charge of Provost of SKKU Information and Communication Center and also he served as Provost of Admission. In addition, he spent one year as a visiting professor at MIT and four months as an invited researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, U.S.A. And also he served as an exchange professor at University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. (2001.3-2001.8)

Dr. Hwang has extensive experiences in Cyber Education. During the years 1998-2001, he consulted on cyber education for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Unification of Korea government. At the same time, he worked as a chairman of Planning and Administration Committee of Open Cyber University and his effort contributed to OCU's earning the reputation as a leading cyber university during that time. And also he served as one of national evaluation committee members on ICT utilization in primary and secondary schools for more than four years. He was actively involved as a board member of IVILLE Int'l Inc., in LA, U.S.A., and IVILLE SOFTWARE Inc. in Seoul, Korea, which were co-founded based on his Korean and U.S Patents on cyber education system and platform technology in September 1998. He invested his time about 2 years as a research staff of the committee of Education and Research of World Trade Center Association to design Cyber Education Platform of World Trade Center University operated by WTCA in NY, U.S.A..(1998.9-2001) Especially he recognized as one of the expert with dignity on e-learning and regarded as a key person who paved a way of adopting cyber education into Korea. On recognition of the activities and contributions, he received the Presidential Award from Korean Government in June 1999.

Dr. Hwang earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Technology from Kyung Pook National University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from Seoul National University.

Dr. Rob Koper, Dean, Center for Learning Sciences and Technology, Open Universiteit Nederland

Photo of Dr. Koper Dr. Rob Koper is Dean (hoogleraar-directeur) of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (celstec.org), this is the new name for the Educational Technology Expertise Centre (OTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands.

He is responsible for the development of Educational Modelling Language (EML), currently an open standard through the IMS consortium (IMS Learning Design) and he leads or participates in a variety of EU-funded R&D projects. He is the co-ordinator of the EU Integrated Project TENCompetence (http://www.tencompetence.org), aiming at the development of an Open Source Infrastructure for Lifelong Competence Development.

He serves and served in a variety of editorial boards, programme committees, and was responsible for the organization of a large number of international conferences, seminars and workshops in the field. Most recently the IEEE ICALT conference. and has (had) numerous roles in management and advisory boards, like the National Assessment Agency, the Digital University Consortium, the local government, standardisation bodies like IMS, CEN/ISSS.

He publishes regularly in scientific journals and books. Recent co-edited books are: Integrated eLearning, 2004. London: RoutledgeFalmer; and Learning Design: modelling network-based education and training, 2005. Heidelberg: Springer. Some recent special issues he co-edited are: British Journal of Educational Technology; Educational Technology & Society; Interactive Learning Environments, International Journal of Learning Technologies, International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning.

Dr. Oksana Malysheva, Partner, Hamilton White
Photo of Dr. Oksana Malysheva Dr. Oksana Malysheva is a partner with Hamilton White Group LLC, a New York based private equity firm with offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, Phoenix, and Geneva and investing in educational and business services opportunities globally. Dr. Malysheva is currently leading acquisition of the regionally accredited school and a ramp-up of the leading educational consultancy.

Dr. Malysheva is a former head of Marketing Strategy and Operations for Motorola’s mobile device unit where she oversaw strategy and effectiveness of product roll-out (including iconic RAZR) as well as managed and directed global marketing budget. Dr. Malysheva had also worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co, and Mitchell Madison Group where she had advised Fortune 50 companies on business growth, new business entry, turn around, and cost containment.

Dr. Malysheva holds Ph.D in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and BS/MS from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. She had eight years of years of college teaching and tutoring experience, and won “Best Women in Science” fellowship for her graduate research.

12:15 - 13:00 Let's Not Waste a Perfectly Good Crisis:  Learning Productivity Matters Panel Session

Dr. William H. Graves, Sr. V.P. for Academic Strategy, SunGard Higher Education, Professor Emeritus, UNC-Chapel Hill (Panel Chair)
Photo of William Graves

Dr. William H. Graves, as senior vice president for academic strategy, is a member of the executive team at SunGard Higher Education. He is also professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) where, after earning a mathematics Ph.D. from Indiana University, he served as dean for general education, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, senior information technology officer, and founder and director of the Institute for Academic Technology (a UNC/IBM alliance).

Starting at UNC and now at SunGard Higher Education, Graves has helped pioneer technology-enabled strategies for measurably improving upon and accounting for institutional performance in higher education, especially academic performance. On this evolving theme, he has published over 80 articles and books (see the bibliography below), given hundreds of invited presentations, and advised hundreds of institutions.

Graves is a co-founding board member of both the National Center for Academic Transformation and the Alliance for Higher Education Competitiveness, and serves also on the Tenth Anniversary Commission of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the National Advisory Group for the Lumina Foundation’s Making Opportunity Affordable initiative. He participated in the Department of Education’s March 2007 national summit, A Test of Leadership, and served on its Enhancing Accessibility, Reducing Costs, and Promoting Productivity working group. He has served on the boards of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, EDUCAUSE, Coalition for Networked Information, and CAUSE. He helped launch Internet2 and EDUCAUSE’s National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (now the Learning Initiative) and chaired the latter's planning committee from 1994-2004.

While on leave from UNC in 1997, Graves founded and directed the nonprofit Collegis Research Institute. He then retired from UNC in 1999 to found (and chair the board of) Eduprise, an academic technology services firm which subsequently merged with Collegis. The resulting privately held company was acquired in 2004 by publicly traded SunGard Data Systems and is now part of privately held SunGard Higher Education, the world’s largest technology-related business focused solely on higher education. The company provides institutional software solutions, technology management solutions, and a range of consulting services designed to meet academic and business needs specific to higher education.

 

Dr. Arthur J. Lendo, President and Professor of Management, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA

Dr.Lendo Dr. Arthur J. Lendo has been President and Professor of Management, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA since 1991. His 15 year tenure places him among the most experienced (top 10%) college presidents in the country. He shepherded the College through a charter change from two-year to baccalaureate status; established the successful Peirce Corporate College; and created the acclaimed Peirce Online which offers accredited degrees completely online. The College is now an international institution with degree-seeking students enrolled from 43 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 30 foreign countries.

President Arthur J. Lendo has received numerous awards during his 38-year career. Dr. Arthur J. Lendo holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, M.Ed. from The American University and Ph.D. from Boston College as well as certificates of advanced graduate study from Harvard University, The Aspen Institute, and Oxford.

His professional background includes administrative and faculty positions at The American University (DC), Boston College (MA), Northeastern University (MA), and Saint Joseph's University (PA) plus Fortune 500 technology experience with Sperry UNIVAC (now UNISYS). He presented a major policy paper at Oxford University in July 2004 regarding asynchronous online learning which received wide distribution.

Christopher Cassirer, ScD, MPH , President, Capella University

CassirerChristopher Cassirer joined Capella in 2005 and currently serves as president of Capella University, a position he assumed in May 2008. He was also elected to Capella University's Board of Directors in October 2008. He joined Capella University's School of Human Services as a faculty director in 2005 and was appointed dean of the school in 2006. Previously, Cassirer was an associate professor and director in the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership at The George Washington University from 2003 to 2005; chair of executive studies and associate professor of healthcare management at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management from 1999 to 2003; co-founder and CEO of the Partnership for Patient Safety in Chicago from 1999 to 2000; and assistant vice president for knowledge services with MMI Companies Inc. from 1998 to 1999. Cassirer earned his Doctor of Science in Health Policy and Management and completed his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He earned a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from the Yale University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Dr. Susan E. Saxton, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Academic Officer, Laureate Education, Inc


Dr. Saxton Dr. Saxton is an innovative champion of expanding access to higher education around the world. She is the Chief Academic Officer for Laureate Education, where she leads Product Strategy and Development, Regulatory and Institutional Oversight, and Innovation, Research and Development. Prior to joining Laureate, she was Vice President for Strategy and Product Development and Dean of Students at Kaplan University. Dr. Saxton previously served as the Dean of the College of e-Learning at Lynn University in Florida, and was the Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Capella University in its very early years. She formerly was President and CEO of Computing Solutions Inc., an internet-related education company that provided consulting and networking for large technology users and vendors via conferences and expositions around the country. Dr. Saxton also served in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young, providing consulting services to key international clients. Dr. Saxton holds a Ph.D. in Business and Human Services from Capella University, formerly The Graduate School of America. She earned her M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University, and her B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College. She also attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgia State University for a M.Tx. and Columbus University for an M.Ed. Dr. Saxton has appeared before the U.S. Congress to promote legislation that would broaden access to higher education. She also is the author and editor of several articles, case studies and books on corporate strategy, virtual teams, leadership, online teaching and learning methodology, and organizational management. She has taught more that three dozen masters and doctoral courses and mentored over 100 doctoral students.
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30
Greg Butler, Education Audience Director – Microsoft Education Products Group, Microsoft
Greg Butler Greg Butler is currently responsible for education audience and government relations development for Microsoft Education Product Group through supporting strategic partnerships and programs that align Microsoft’s Citizenship activities and Commercial efforts. Through this role Greg works with key global organizations such as UNESCO, World Bank, European Union and OECD. After spending 15 years as a teacher, principal, technology consultant and university lecturer, Greg founded two successful companies and a not-for-profit organization. He joined Microsoft in 2001 to lead all academic programs for Microsoft in the US, moving on to the role of Worldwide Director for K12 Strategy, Solutions and Programs. Greg’s most significant accomplishment during this period was playing a leadership role in the design and implementation of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative. This initiative continues to be a major focus of Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts, with an investment of nearly US$500M and 100 dedicated people for worldwide implementation. Following on, Greg was appointed NSW Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia. In this role he lead Microsoft’s Education, Government and Healthcare teams in NSW, working with government to improve student outcomes and government services through the use of technology. Greg is passionate about partnerships as a model to tap into the power of ICT to transform learning, engagement and improving student outcomes. He also loves spending time riding his motorcycle.
14:30- 15:00 Keynote Speaker:

Kendrick McLish, Vice President of Product and Strategy, Pearson eCollege

Kendrick McLish As Vice President of Product and Strategy at Pearson eCollege, Kendrick McLish leads the vision, planning and strategy for Pearson eCollege’s suite of eLearning tools.  Today, more than 650 education programs deliver their online programs using the Pearson eCollege eLearning solution. Pearson eCollege has integrated a feature-rich, intuitive teaching platform, designed and built to strict quality control standards. In addition, Pearson eCollege integrates self-service administrative tools, such as sophisticated tracking and reporting tools for continuous operational improvement, with technical and academic consulting services to augment the skills of existing academic institution staff.

As a Pearson company, eCollege is part of the largest supplier of educational content, support systems and products in the world. Through strategic alliances and organic growth, Pearson has put in place all the pieces necessary to create the world's leading education technology company. With Pearson eCollege, institutions receive the support of systems engineers, IT specialists, product managers, trainers, course developers, instructional designers, multimedia consultants, operational support and help desk representatives. All of these services are provided from a single company, Pearson eCollege.

Mr. McLish leads the product development of Pearson eCollege’s SaaS, cloud-computing eLearning platform. In partnership with dozens of Pearson Education entities and business partners, Pearson eCollege is redefining K-12 and higher education offerings with world-class collaboration, personalization, analytics and assessment tools. Previously, Mr. McLish was Pearson eCollege’s Director of Account Management and Operations, working directly with some of the largest online education programs in the world. Prior to Pearson eCollege, Mr. McLish worked for Routledge, an academic publishing division of Thomson, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Achieving a Culture of Evidence for Institutional Accountability

Putting together all of the needed elements to satisfy accrediting bodies can be a labor intensive task, for faculty and administration. Pearson eCollege offers a suite of institutional assessment tools that can facilitate these tasks with more automated tools for every level of an institution. In this session, attendees will learn about the assessment life cycle and see how Pearson eCollege tools can be combined to simplify the process of gathering evidence of student learning against existing objectives, standards and goals for accrediting bodies.

15:00 - 15:30

Keynote Speaker:

Frank Menchaca, Executive Vice President, Publishing , Gale, A part of Cengage Learning

Frank Menchaca


Frank Menchaca is executive vice president of Publishing.

Mr. Menchaca began his career with Gale in 1994 and was most recently publisher and vice president, History, Social Science, Science and Spanish. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Gale, including vice president and publisher of four Gale imprints: Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Reference USA, Schirmer Reference and Twayne Publishers.

Mr. Menchaca's professional activities are many. He currently serves on the Friends Foundation of the Detroit Public Library. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Publishing. He has contributed articles to scholarly journals and books in the field of digital information and libraries. He is also a frequent speaker and has given talks at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Michigan and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation. Mr. Menchaca has taught classes in publishing and information technology at Pace University and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

In addition to being a publishing executive, Mr. Menchaca is a published author and translator. He has written and published poetry, criticisms, reviews and video scripts. He won the Thomas Wolfe Awards for Poetry in 1982 and 1983. His books of poetry include Nicolo G---- and the Days of November (1991) and AL (1999).

He earned his M.A. in English Literature, with Honors, from Yale University, and a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University.

The Learning Library: Opportunities for Transformational Change and Renewed Relevance in the 21st Century

The first years of the 21st century have witnessed challenges to the traditional roles of libraries and librarians. Widespread access to information via search engines has permitted users to bypass libraries for more readily available resources whose quality, though still variable, increases steadily. Digitization initiatives, such as the Google Book Project and products by Gale and other publishers, have democratized and commercialized library holdings. As a result, libraries, particularly academic institutions, have found themselves marginalized: Two of their key roles—information gateway and the university’s intellectual center—have been taken over by other sources. Yet the proliferation of learning management systems (LMS) provide an opportunity for academic libraries to dramatically increase their relevance to students and faculty by allowing them to integrate their resources—and their information literacy expertise—in a point-of-need model. With this has come the need to rethink the goals of the library and how it addresses its metrics for success. This presentation profiles coordination between libraries and LMSs being pioneered by a number of institutions. It evaluates the success of these projects and it considers the possibilities and implications for a 21st-century "learning library."

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:45

The Evolution of the IMS Global Learning Consortium

This panel will consist of a cross section of the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Three years ago the IMS GLC Board undertook a modified direction to include the importance of adoption of educational and learning technology from the perspective of end-users and marketplace participants. The panel members will provide their assessment of progress so far and what is being planned for the future.

Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D., CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium (Moderator)

Photo of Rob Abel Dr. Rob Abel, Ed.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world's leading nonprofit member consortium developing, supporting, and advocating learning technology standards and best practices. Under Rob's leadership IMS Global has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning, as well as an education industry researcher focused on the impact of education in society. As Senior Vice President at Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards, including the Reusable Content Object (RCO) strategy. Rob is a member of the IEEE, ACM, ASTD, ISTE, and American Educational Research Association. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. His articles, commentary, and research have been featured by Educause Review, Educause Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Greentree Gazette, Campus Technology, The League for Innovation, University Business, and eSchoolNews.

Jim Behnke Chief Learning Officer, Pearson

Jim Behnke is Chief Learning Officer for Pearson. His responsibilities with Pearson extend across the company's U.S. K16 business to international higher education. He is responsible for managing Pearson's online learning strategy and the technologies that underlie it, including a suite of formative assessment programs that are groundbreaking in their ability to improve student outcomes and institutional productivity. These programs, known as the MyLabs, were used by 3 million students around the world in 2007.

Behnke has extensive experience as an educational publisher, entrepreneur, general manager and a developer of educational software. Over the past decade, his work has focused primarily on the development of new product models and programs that harness the unique capabilities of the Web as a medium for teaching and learning.

Joel Greenberg Open University's Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions

Joel Greenberg is the Open University's Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba, an MSc in Control Engineering and a PhD in Numerical Mathematics from the University of Manchester. He joined the Open University in 1978, initially as a Software Designer developing educational software applications. He is currently directing the work of a team of media specialists and technical staff on a number of projects which continually reassess the design, development and delivery of learning media products. He is also responsible for key production and information systems activity which underpin both strategic developments and core media production. He is directing a number of new initiatives as part of the University's growing use of its new virtual learning environment as a primary delivery medium. Current projects include the development of a new learning content management system for the Open University's learning and teaching materials, the new virtual learning environment built on open interoperability standards and the University's Open Content Initiative. He has written and published extensively about computer animation, multimedia developments and new learning and teaching models at the Open University and been invited to speak at a number of international conferences.

Mark Stiles, Head of Learning Development and Innovation, Staffordshire University

Mark Stiles, Head of Learning Development and Innovation at Staffordshire University, has been involved with the use of technology to support learning for more than 20 years, and has led research and development work in strategy, policy, systems development and interoperability, and pedagogy. Mark also led the development of one of the first UK virtual learning environments, COSE, and has been involved in projects making use of IMS specifications since JISC first became involved in the consortium's work. Mark, Deputy Chair of the JISC Learning and Teaching committee, is also Chair of the JISC-CETIS Board. Mark's current work focuses on the support of work-based learning, and the tensions between issues of control and innovation within organisations deploying learning technologies. At Staffordshire, Mark holds a Professorial Chair in Technology Supported Learning.

John T. Harwood, Ph.D., Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State

John Harwood Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State. John is responsible for the development of courseware, training, and support programs for faculty and teaching assistants who seek to integrate technology and teaching. At University Park, he is responsible for helping faculty use technology in teaching; university-wide IT training; and computer labs, technology classrooms, and the support services required to support teaching and learning in those spaces, including instructional design and multimedia services. John is Penn State's representative to the CIC, the academic consortium of the Big 10.

Curtiss Barnes, Vice President, Industry Product Strategy, Education & Research, Oracle Corp

Curtiss Barnes leads Oracle's industry strategy team for Higher Education, Not-for-Profit Research Institutions and K-12 Education. In this role, Curtiss brings more than 20 years experience in the education industry. He is responsible for establishing product strategy and development investment priorities across all of Oracle's product groups, as well as identifying new market opportunities across the globe for Education-specific applications. Curtiss also serves as a liaison to Oracle's Education & Research Strategy Council (ERSC) and the Higher Education User Group (HEUG) - the world's largest user group in the Higher Education industry.

Prior to Oracle, Curtiss was director of industry marketing strategy for Education at PeopleSoft in Pleasanton, CA. He has also held roles in strategy and business development at SCT in Malvern, PA and directed the product management group at Campus Pipeline, Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT. Prior to joining the corporate world, Curtiss held positions in alumni and corporate relations, development and admissions at a number of higher education institutions.

Curtiss holds a bachelors degree in economics from Clark University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife Julie and daughters Emily, Julia and Caroline.

16:45 Learning Impact Award Ceremony
18:00 Reception & Technical Exchange

Thursday, 14 May
9:00- 13:00

Testfest Workshop

Draft

9:00    Welcome & orientation


9:10    Alliance update
Covering the CC and QTI (CC profile) conformance programs, a heads-up on the development of CCv1.1 and the latest news on a variety of CC Alliance activities.

9:30   Introducing the Alliance CC Toolset
This will feature the latest incarnation of the IMS profiling tool SchemaProf, along with the conformance test configuration tool and an overview of the other CC and QTI tools available from the Alliance website.

10:30   Coffee

11:00   Demonstration Showcase:
- Common Cartridge Services and Player – Warwick Bailey, Icodeon
- CC Player (Korean edition) – Yong-Sang Cho, KERIS
- QTI v2.1 conformance testing tool & RTE – Yong-Sang Cho, KERIS
- ......

12:50   Feedback & conclusions
13:00    Adjourn

 

14:00 - 18:00 Challenges for Open Source Development Communities in Engaging with IMS

Workshop Themes

  • What are the special problems facing OS communities
  • How collaboration can happen
  • How standards support an integrated approach
  • Relevant IMS specifications
  • Typical customer requirements
  • Making ‘fit for purpose’ choices
  • Real user case studies

 Workshop Draft Agenda

14:00 – 14:15

Introduction: Joel Greenberg, The Open University, UK

  • Welcome
  • Setting the scene

14:15 – 14:30

The IMS Perspective: Rob Abel, CEO IMS

 

14:30 – 16:30

Case studies from organisations including:

  • Open University of Catalonia
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Open University, UK
  • University of Cambridge
  • The Learning Federation, Australia
  • University of London
  • University of Michigan

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee Break

 

16:45 – 17:45

Strategies for Addressing the Challenges:

  • IMS Interest Group
  • Support communities
  • Best Practice guidelines

17:45 – 18.00

Wrap-up: Joel Greenberg

18:00

Workshop Closes