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Learning Impact 2010

Learning Impact 2010
Understanding and Harnessing the Next Generation of Technology
to Transform the Educational Enterprise

Long Beach, California, USA, 17-20 May 2010

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Overview & Themes | Keynotes, Speakers & Panel Presenters | Detailed Agenda
Monday 17 May | Tuesday 18 May | Wednesday 19 May | Thursday 20 May | Friday 21 May


Monday, 17 May
- Draft Agenda- Subject to Change
Guide: Keynotes , Panel Sessions, Program Tracks

9:30 IMS Member Meeting & Technical Advisory Board Meeting
1:00 Change What You Will or Will What You Change? Priorities for Educational Change and Collaboration in a World of Increasing Technological Innovation - Click for Synopsis
Rob Abel, Ed.D., CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Education needs change. How should educational leaders adapt the high rate of technological change to changing education for the better? Is it even possible or will it be completely consumer led? This year’s opening Learning Impact talk will focus on laying the ground work for the conference in terms of considering the landscape for change in applying technology to improve education. Abel will cover the landscape of the Learning Impact 2010 conference which is structured to consider the priorities for change and result in collaborative projects to enable effective large-scale adoption of digital support for learning. Also included is the first public presentation on the new Learning Impact 2010 Report - High Value Projects that Leading Institutions, Schools, and Governments are Implementing to Improve Access and Affordability to High Quality Educational Experiences

1:45 Beginning the Fourth Decade of the IT Revolution in Higher Education - Click for Synopsis
Kenneth C. Green, Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project

This year marks the beginning of the fourth decade of the "IT Revolution in higher education" that began with the arrival of the IBM PC and Macintosh computers in early 1980s.  While the technology has made great grains, our reach and aspirations continue to exceed our grasp: the campus conversations about the instructional integration of information technology remain painfully familiar:   Green’s presentation will chart the continuing challenges that confront campus officials and college faculty as part of the effort to leverage the power and potential of information technology in higher education.

Read the IMS interview with Kenneth Green.

2:30 Break
3:00 Moving from Information Technology to Useful Information - Click for Synopsis
Panelists:
Dr. John Harwood, Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State
Dr. William Graves, Sr. V.P. for Academic Strategy, SunGard Higher Education, Professor Emeritus, UNC-Chapel Hill
Gary Driscoll, Executive Director of Assessment Technologies, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Christopher Cassirer, President, Capella University
Brian Stewart, Chief Information Officer, Athabasca University
Dick Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, ACT

Online learning systems have long held the promise of providing better data about student learning experiences and outcomes. Yet today serious assessment is largely separate from the online learning experience. Will technology play a larger role in educational assurance any time soon? The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: How do you see online and web-supported learning becoming better connected to assessment and educational assurance in the next several years?
4:00 Learning Impact Awards Showcase - Click for Judges - See The Finalists!
Judges:
Charles F. Leonhardt, Principal Technologist, Georgetown University
Tsuneo Yamada, Chief of the International Collaboration Division, Open University of Japan
Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang, CEO, IMS Korea, Prof., School of ICT of Sungkyunkwan University
John R. St.Clair, III, Ed.D., Director of Distance & Blended Learning, University of Mary Washington
Dr. Timothy Read, Associate Pro-Vice chancellor of Emerging Technologies, UNED
Joel Greenberg, Ph.D., Open University's Director of Media, Learning and Teaching Solutions
Llorence Valverde, Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC)
Brent Mangus, Ed.D , Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Texas A&M University–Commerce
Dr. Stephen J Marshall, Acting Director, University Teaching Development Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
Patrick Craven, Head of e-assessment at OCR Exams, Principal Analyst, Cambridge Assessment
Stavros P. Xanthopoylos, Executive Director, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
6:00 Reception

 

Tuesday, 18 May Draft Agenda- Subject to Change
9:00 Top 10 List
9:15 Think “Exciting”: E-Learning and the Big “E” - Click for Synopsis
Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO and Sr. Provost, Touro University Worldwide
Technology, globalization, and new knowledge about how people learn are having dramatic effects on diverse approaches to teaching and learning. Most of the literature about these changes refers to physical technology, however, such as computers, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, and the overall proliferation of gadgets and gizmos. Let’s explore theories in psychology applied to technology to examine the “why,” that is both cause and effect resulting from the “how” of online learning.


9:45 The Evolution towards a Personalized Web and the Impact on Education - Click for Synopsis
Rich Schwerdtfeger, Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist, IBM

IMS Global Learning Consortium has been a leader in inclusive learning through its creation of the Access For All Standard. In many ways the concept of a "one size does not fit all" approach was ahead of its time. That is starting to change with the evolution of the Web. The web is evolving from a static document to one that includes a rich desktop look and feel, rich media, complex visualizations, and social collaboration. What's more we are seeing web access move more ubiquitously toward mobile devices. The culmination of these changes creates access challenges for all users and these challenges vary. The web needs to evolve to adapt to the device, the user, the situation users are operating in. This keynote will discuss how industry how industry is evolving toward a personalized web, including standards, legislation, and consortiums who are gathering to move the ball forward to an inclusive environment. This will ultimately have a profound impact on education in the years to come.
10:15 Break
10:45 Learning Impact 2010 is featuring three panels on this  important topic, each looking at different aspects: learning platforms, supporting learning applications, and content. 

From Course Management to Digital Support for Learning - Learning Applications - Click for Synopsis
Panelists:
Sue Polyson Evans, Founding Partner and CEO, SoftChalk
Barb Ross, Co- Chief Operating Officer, Wimba
Isaac Segal, CEO, Tegrity
Felice Nudelman, Executive Director, Education, The New York Times Company
Hal Herzog, VP Product Strategy, Learning Objects
Jay Flynn, Vice President and Publisher, K-12, Cengage/ Gale
Megan Stewart ,Director, Worldwide Higher Education , Adobe Systems

Are we ready to enter a new phase of enterprise support for learning tools and applications that improve teaching and learning substantially beyond course organization and digital distribution of traditional materials? Why has the U.S. K-12 market not yet fully adopted learning management platforms? The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: What is your strategy to improve the lives of students, teachers, and professors to enable greater innovation in teaching and learning?

11:45 Lunch
12:45 Program Track Break Outs
Enabling digital content: Succeeding with the next wave of digital content  Facilitated by VitalSource
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1:00 - 1:30 Interoperability is a Two-Way Street: Common Cartridge as the future for Open Content- Click for Synopsis Greg Gay, Inclusive Design Institute: Ontario College or Art and Design (formerly Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto)
We are finally beginning to see the fruits of the effort that has gone into the development of the IMS Common Cartridge standards in projects such as OpenLearn at the Open University U.K., in Desire2Learn, the first commercial LMS to comply, and in ATutor, the first open source LMS to comply with the standard. This presentation will look at the history of content interoperability in ATutor, with its initial implementation of IMS Content Packaging in 2003, to the addition of QTI in 2005, and AccessForAll in 2008, and then bringing these all together with the addition of common cartridge compliance in 2009. What makes ATutor special? With the implementation of each of these standards there has always existed a two-way street for content. It has always been possible to import content, or tests, or AccessForAll adapted content, and it has always been possible to author and export that content. While many learning environments will now ingest standardized content, being able to extract that content from these systems is virtually non-existent. This presentation will also provide a demonstration of ATutor at work, importing, modifying, and exporting open content in IMS Common Cartridges.
1:30 - 2:00 Learning Matters: A New Ecosystem of Educational Resources - Click for Synopsis
Kendrick McLish, Vice President, Integration Strategies, Learning Technology Group, Pearson Education

The Connected Learning Environment is the new instructional "ecosystem" in education. This ecosystem is comprised of four main ingredients: (1) Educational Content Sources - from teacher-developed materials to commercial publishers to open source repositories; (2) Search Services including the creation of a truly useful search engine for teachers and students; (3) Solutions for Learning, including resources such as lesson plans, virtual courses, interim assessments, collaborative online activities and reference libraries, as well as learning systems that include online homework systems, portfolio systems, and assessment management systems; (4) Flexible Delivery Options embracing modern technologies including mobile devices, ebook devices and Smart Boards/White Boards. We’ll explore how these ingredients need to come together - leveraging technology, support and standards - to have a positive impact on student learning.
2:00 - 2:30 Four Keys to Enabling Your Digital Content in 2010
William Chesser, GM, VitalSource Technologies, Inc

2010 is proving to be a bell-weather year for e-textbook publishing. Large institutional customers and other significant segments of the general market are (finally) converting to digital content. iPad, Kindle, and the like are wiping away old concerns about screen-reading and access, but they are at the same time creating a new wave of expectations about flexibility and content richness. This session will briefly look at four factors key to keeping content products relevant in this environment: 1) a flexible delivery strategy ("three-way access"), 2) a viable accessibility strategy; 3) a "play-well-with-others" system integration strategy; and 4) a meaningful media richness strategy (not just a "picture-of-a-page"). Included will be brief mention classic pitfalls and "gotchas" in each area.
2:30 - 3:00 Electronic Textbooks and APUS: An Unfolding Saga from the Onlines - Click for Synopsis
Fred Stielow, Ph.D., M.L.S., Associate Vice President/Dean of Libraries & Educational Materials

With a growth rate in excess of 40% and over 60,000 current enrollees, the American Public University Systems emerges as a major exemplar of the new online universities. It is also challenged by the transit from printed course materials for a largely military clientele, which is scattered across over 100 countries and faces significant access problems. APUS responds with a four-part model: Conversion to electronic textbooks, inclusion of Academic library's book and article databases, addition of trusted Open Web resources, and building a university press. This presentation concentrates on practical lessons from textbook conversion. Seemingly the simplest element in the APUS model, e-textbooks prove problemmatic at this stage of the Web revolution. For example, technology, standards, princing, and even layouts remain uncertain--along with unfolding variations for mobile devices and ADA 508 compliance. Negotiations are complicated by a variety of re-sellers, reader services, and publishers--including internal departmental differences. Moreover, student surveys indicate dislike for the genre that question its future viability.
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Increasing Learning Effectiveness and Improving Online Learning Satisfaction - Click for Synopsis
Raylean Henry
, EdD, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Regents Online Campus Collaborative
Debra Volzer, Ph.D, Senior Executive Director (East), Higher Education Solutions,
Pearson Learning Solutions

The Pearson-Tennessee Board of Regents partnership is aimed at increasing learning effectiveness and improving students’ online learning satisfaction by enhancing courses and programs. 
This, one of several TBR-vendor partnerships, is an important development in the way students learn and faculty teach across TBR’s two-and four-year institutions as well as throughout the state’s twenty-six technology centers.  Through this partnership, faculty have the opportunity to customize and integrate Pearson’s MyLab’s online homework and tutorial systems, animations, simulations and labs, video-and audio-based lectures and tutorials, customized and embedded e-Books and a variety of additional interactive and rich media tools and resources in their current online courses resulting in an increased college readiness, overall satisfaction and an enhancement to requisite job skills of Tennesseans.

This session will discuss the steps taken to design and implement this large scale endeavor, Pearson’s ability to provide content in Common Cartridge to meet TBR’s current learning environment needs as well as considerations on how this collaborative content can be easily managed to support future educational environments.
4:00 - 4:30 Creating digital interactive textbooks efficiently - Click for Synopsis
Yuri Khramov, Evident Point Software, President

As education becomes more technologically sophisticated, publishers want to provide content in electronic formats. Including images, audio, video, and interactive functions such as searches, bookmarks, and annotations can make content more captivating and easier to learn and retain. The best electronic content boasts not only rich interactivity but also ease of access.  Preparing a custom Flash presentation based on the book and delivering on CD is a current technology, but it is both expensive and not easy accessible for the readers.
As a part of Microsoft Semblio Education Platform, our company developed tools for automated conversion of the textbook into a web-deliverable, interactive rich multimedia content materials using latest Microsoft technologies. It supports addition of videos, high-resolution images, sounds, text notes, exercises. Readers can create their annotations, bookmarks and notes to facilitate the progress.
The editing tool is distributed by Microsoft and Evident Point for free, the viewing is platform independent and delivered via Internet. After the initial success of the first release in early 2009, we are about to release the second version in early 2010.
4:30 - 5:00 How the CSU is Leveraging the Benefits of Digital Content Delivery - Click for Synopsis
Gerry Hanley, Ph.D.,Senior Director, Academic Technology Services, California State University and Executive Director, MERLOT

Dr. Hanley will present the results from the Digital Library Services and the initial deployment of Digital Marketplace solutions.  These results include the benefits gained by students and faculty from using these solutions as well as the improved business outcomes realized by the campus.  Dr. Hanley will describe the Affordable Learning Solutions campaign and its role as a deployment strategy for these solutions as they are made available throughout the CSU over time.
5:00 - 6:00 Panel Session
This Panel Session will be moderated by the program track facilitator.  Panelists will reflect on the presentations delivered throughout the day, noting key innovations that address priority challenges facing education institutions today and in the near future, including access, affordability and quality.  Panelists will interact with audience members to identify opportunities for high value collaborations among product providers and end-users (higher education and/or K-12 leaders), which can be facilitated through existing or related IMS workgroups.  The panel’s activities will lead to actionable outcomes to help advance end-user implementations of IMS standards and adoption practices.   
  • Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Provost, Rice University, Executive Director, Connexions
  • Ted Hanss, Director for Enabling Technologies, University of Michigan
  • Charles F. Leonhardt, Principal Technologist, Georgetown University
  • Bryce Johnson, Director of eTextbooks, Follett Higher Education Group
  • William Durham, Associate Vice Chancellor: Lone Star College – Online
  • Brad Koch, Product Manager, Course Delivery Products, Blackboard
  • Gerry Hanley, Ph.D., Senior Director, Academic Technology Services, California State University
Digital resources: Impacting K-12 student success
Facilitated by Turning Technologies
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1:00 - 1:30 Achievement Standards Network - Click for Synopsis
Diny Golder
, Executive Director, JES & Co. - Curriculum Standards

When most think of international education, they assume studies at the college or university level and seldom do they assume the implications of international studies at what UNESCO identifies as the various stages or levels in pre-college or pre-university--Level 0 (pre-primary education) through Level 3 (upper secondary).  And yet, the development of truly global citizens begins when those students first encounter their national education systems.

This presentation covers the Achievement Standards Network framework for the machine description of national curricula in a manner that enables mapping of curricula to educational resources in support of: (1) the professional development and instructional resource needs of teachers; and (2) the learning needs of students in discovering educational resources.  The framework provides for the cross-mapping of curricula thus achieving inter-jurisdictional, cross-cultural learning resource access.  In addition to supporting resource discovery, the ASN assists in cross-jurisdictional assessment of student achievement which is increasingly framed in terms of learning alignment to national, regional and local curricula.  Through cross-jurisdictional mapping, it becomes possible to compare student learning across-jurisdictions--comparison not possible without such a framework.  Development of the ASN framework for machine curriculum description was initially funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.  Currently, all of the U.S. state achievement standards have been described and work is underway to provide a framework description of the emerging Australian National Curriculum.  
1:30 - 2:00 Advancing Content Authoring, Management & Distribution of Digital Boards in the K12 Market: Giunti Publishing Group, Art Education Case Study - Click for Synopsis
Bryan Eldridge, Solution Architect, Giunti Labs
Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO, Giunti Labs

Digital boards are an ideal medium for advancing innovative pedagogical models in the classroom and for bridging the digital gap, which  still exists in many institutions, between teacher-led education and new generation technologies. After implementation in some of the most advanced markets, such as the UK, the US and Canada, new generation initiatives for the use of digital boards are rapidly spreading into other K12 markets, such as those in Asia, South America and Europe. This presentation introduces a leading European Publishing case, that of Giunti Editore, one of the leading Publishing Groups in Italy. This case will demonstrate how thousands of digital boards are being set up in various K12 institutions, using LCMS driven content production and a Digital Repository -based distribution of advanced content libraries for art education. We will present production models and tools, using Image Based Reasoning and Exploration, inter-class messaging, and intra-class gaming. It will also address Giunti Editore’s innovative business and architectural model (based on wireless tablets and digital boards), which brings the publishing marketplace into the direct reach of students, all taking place within their natural learning environment: the classroom.
2:00 - 2:30 Digital Natives Don't Learn the Same Way: Strategies for Differentiated Learning in K12 - Click for Synopsis
Liz Wilkes, Cengage
Everyone’s talking about the need to give “digital natives” digital learning materials – but the issues go far beyond just the fact that kids know how to use computers successfully. Recent studies are showing that kids are actually processing information differently through the image centers of their brains versus the verbal centers. What are the tools we can use/devise to ensure that critical and deep thinking processes aren’t left out of the learning equation?  Differentiated learning through digital instruction is key to moving into this new paradigm for education.”
2:30 - 3:00 Managing the Madness: Leveraging the Power of Compatibility - Click for Synopsis
Jennifer Whiting, Sr. Manager, Curriculum Research and Discovery. Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School lives in the unique space of being a school and acting like a content publisher. Our lives are impacted daily by the need for standardization between content and systems. E-learning standards offer us the opportunity to remove madness of moving content between systems so we can transform education across the globe. Participate in this session and you will learn how Florida Virtual School is leveraging various technical interoperability standards to support their content development and distribution on a regional level and in support of global learning solutions.
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Every Child Matters - Click for Synopsis
Dhruv Patel, Nisai Group

Identifying the core values in its commitment to Every Child Matters: Change for Children (2004), Nisai are focused on merging the virtual world with life at the heart of the learner’s community in creating a safe, virtual environment that will wrap around the individual learner and forge valuable links between locality stakeholders involved in creating effective pathways towards lifelong learning and community involvement for those in its care.

In addition to a broad range of online courses, delivered “live” to their students, Nisai have embraced the exciting concept of establishing a facility for locality stakeholders to contribute to the holistic development of each learner. Experience has indicated that to benefit fully from the outstanding year on year increases that students have made in achieving accredited outcomes there has to be an additional layer of service to enable them to fully benefit from their reengagement with learning.
4:00 - 4:30 How to Improve Learning Experiences Using Digital Textbooks - Click for Synopsis
Sung-Ki Choi, SK C&C

From the year of 2004, starting with the project for development of digital textbook prototype, Korean government, Ministry of Education and Science Technology(MEST), has attempted to converge the traditional paper-printed method of textbooks for K-12 schools with digital publishing method. In early stage, Korea's attempt of developing digital textbooks was focused on digitizing paper-type textbooks, however through some of research for interactive digital textbook with various resources and participants, digital textbook pilot project of MEST has been tried to adapt digital publishing format in order to improve learning outcome. The most distinctive features of developed digital textbook are:
1) Enabling development of teacher-customized digital textbook through the importing external learning resources to the published (default) digital textbook
2) Improving student's ability to concentrate through the delivery of learning materials suitable by the competency-based learning paths
3) Sharing of selected the lesson plans diversed by teachers between other teachers after evaluating instructional efficiency and recommendation for sharing
4) Providing virtual learning environment for level-based group learning after school hours
4:30 - 5:00 Microsoft - Click for Synopsis
Chris Moffatt, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Education
The vast majority of digital resources being made available to educators and students today consist of digital versions of text books, perhaps supplemented with simple quizzes and simulations. This approach is lagging behind the engaging and immersive experiences that students interact with in their lives outside of the classroom, and leads to a situation where students dismiss, or are quick to abandon these resources, resulting in little impact on student success. While there are many examples of innovative, rich and immersive experiences that engage students, the cost and complexity of creating these experiences is often significant and unlike commercial markets (e.g. gaming and ad-driven properties), there is not a business model in the education sector to recoup these costs. This results in a situation where they are not yet being created, deployed or adopted at the scale necessary to impact K-12 student success in a comprehensive way.

This presentation will preview a sample of rich engaging experiences and tools that can be created, by students and educators alike, using off-the-shelf technologies and integrated into mainstream applications – thereby both lowering the cost and enabling wide adoption.

5:00 - 6:00

Panel Session
This Panel Session will be moderated by the program track facilitator.  Panelists will reflect on the presentations delivered throughout the day, noting key innovations that address priority challenges facing education institutions today and in the near future, including access, affordability and quality.  Panelists will interact with audience members to identify opportunities for high value collaborations among product providers and end-users (higher education and/or K-12 leaders), which can be facilitated through existing or related IMS workgroups.  The panel’s activities will lead to actionable outcomes to help advance end-user implementations of IMS standards and adoption practices.   

  • Jennifer Whiting, Senior Manager Curriculum Research and Discovery, Florida Virtual School
  • Yong-Sang Cho, Director, Korea Education & Research Information Services (KERIS)
  • Christopher Davia, Lead Architect, Global Education
  • Dr. Tina Rooks, Education Consultant, Turning Technologies
The State of Student and Institutional Analytics: Metrics, systems, and actions that can make a difference
Facilitated by Wipro
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1:00 - 1:30 Outcomes & EPortfolios: A Strategy for Enabling Accountability, Transparency, and Learner Achievement - Click for Synopsis
Kim Pearce, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research and Brady Anderson, Sr. Manager, at Capella University


This session will take the audience member on a path of understanding the perspective of a university leadership that has embraced accountability and transparency of outcomes down to the perspective of an individual learner and their relationship with outcomes via an eportfolio. This session hopes to address why accountability and transparency is important to both the institution and the learner. A methodology for making expected learning outcomes tangible in an effort to bring superior academic and career results to the learner will be presented, as well as initial evidence of the effectiveness of the methodology. Kim Pearce, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research and Brady Anderson, Sr. Manager, at Capella University will present a methodology for bringing theories of accountability and transparency in learning to the tactical level of ePortfolio implementation and the impact on learning achievement.
1:30 - 2:00 The Grass-Roots Development and Institutional Embedding of the Tutoring Management System Co-Tutor. - Click for Synopsis
Melanie King (Learning Technology Co-ordinator) & Paul Newman (Web Developer), Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (engCETL), Loughborough University, UK.

This presentation will describe the development and use of a tutoring management system, Co-Tutor (http://co-tutor.lboro.ac.uk), at Loughborough University (UK) and will demonstrate the unique qualities it has and the impact and benefits it has demonstrated for the staff and students at the University over the past 10 years. This presentation will benefit those interested in the in-house development and spread of innovation and adoption of new technology. It will also interest those who want to lever technology to enhance student and staff communications to improve and manage student retention.
2:00 - 2:30 Gather-it! Collecting Evidence of Student Learning for Program Assessment and Accreditation Review - Click for Synopsis

Mike Halm, Director & Senior Strategist, WebLion Group, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State University

This session will discuss Gather-It!, an open source assessment management system developed for Penn State University. Gather-It! can store digital artifacts gathered using IMS interoperability standards from any learning management system, including ANGEL dropboxes, Blogs @ Penn State and others. Using Gather-It! is a three step process: 1) mapping the program outcomes to the curriculum, 2) setting up the appropriate folders to store evidence, and 3) collecting the evidence of student learning. Once the initial setup is complete, faculty and administrators gain ready access to longitudinal information about student learning to improve course content, better align individual courses with overall program goals, and, report out to various accreditation bodies.
2:30 - 3:00 Trends and Challenges in Predictive Modeling for Student Success - Click for Synopsis
Tom Wagner
, SunGard HE & John Campbell, Ph.D., Purdue University

Pressures on institutions to improve retention and graduation rates seem to be increasing daily as the result of many factors including Federal initiatives and State-level mandates.  As institutions examine potential solutions, predictive analytics is emerging as a key strategy to improving retention. These predictive models improve with increased amount of data, but the utilization of the models is frequently impeded by data residing in numerous disparate systems.  Come understand from Purdue and SunGard Higher Education where the state-of-the-art is headed and the challenges that remain in expanding the use of predictive modeling.
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 A Technologically Based Approach to Providing Quality Feedback to Students: A Paradigm Shift for the 21st Century - Click for Synopsis

Richard "Rick" Lumadue, PhD, Assistant Professor & L. Rusty Waller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Commerce
This session will provide a solution for busy professors/instructors teaching in the 21st century concerning the issue of providing quality feedback to students through a technologically based approach. The software program Jing will be discussed and demonstrated. This is an innovative and effective, yet relatively simple option for providing quality feedback. The benefits of providing this type of feedback include time saved by making audible comments rather than typing comments, a more personal touch to students through listening to an instructors comments and a quality technological format. Jing serves as an efficient alternative to the cumbersome task of attempting to communicate with students via the traditional red pen. This method of providing constructive and thorough feedback is not only time efficient from an instructor’s perspective, but beneficial to students as well. During this session, participants will be introduced to the basic features of Jing along with a discussion of how to determine when to use either an SWF or MP4 screen capture format.
4:00 - 4:30 Building a Culture of Assessment and Academic Oriented Intelligence with Pearson LearningStudio’s Assessment and Analytics Suite - Click for Synopsis
Jeff Borden, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning at Pearson eCollege

Pearson LearningStudio’s Assessment & Analytics Suite is comprised of five applications that bring institutions the power to build a culture of assessment and a greater ability to obtain operational and academic-oriented intelligence. These applications effectively collect and archive data related to student and faculty performance and learning outcome management and then give institutions the capacity to perform data analysis and generate meaningful reports for important decision-making processes.”
4:30 - 5:00 How to utilize technology to execute a proactive approach for maximizing retention - Click for Synopsis
Jim Wiseman
, Vice President of Enrollment, Carroll University

Retention is a college-wide endeavor for many higher education institutions, but few have systems in place to proactively target at-risk students. For too long retention has been an afterthought. This presentation will discuss how to Identify the factors that help predict student attrition, discover how to use technology to identify those students who are most at-risk of leaving the institution, and achieve the maximize return on investment by fully utilizing technology to support higher retention rates.
5:00 -6:00 Panel Session
This Panel Session will be moderated by the program track facilitator.  Panelists will reflect on the presentations delivered throughout the day, noting key innovations that address priority challenges facing education institutions today and in the near future, including access, affordability and quality.  Panelists will interact with audience members to identify opportunities for high value collaborations among product providers and end-users (higher education and/or K-12 leaders), which can be facilitated through existing or related IMS workgroups.  The panel’s activities will lead to actionable outcomes to help advance end-user implementations of IMS standards and adoption practices.   
  • Paul Hollins, Director, JISC CETIS
  • Kimberly Pearce, Director of Assessment & Institutional Research, Capella University
  • Dr. Gloria Pickar, President and Chief Academic Officer Compass Knowledge Group, LLC
  • Jim Chalex, Outcomes & ePortfolio Products, Blackboard
  • Mike Sharkey, Director of Academic Analytics, University of Phoenix/Apollo Group
  • Manoj Prabhakaran, Lead Consultant, Education Practice, Wipro Technologies
Using Web 2.0 and Learning Tools to close the gap between technology and pedagogy
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1:00 - 1:30 Online Education and the Power of Social Networking for Student Success - Click for Synopsis 
Felice Nudelman, Executive Director, Education, The New York Times Company
Jeremy Reed, CTO, Epsilen
As  the education landscape changes institutions are challenged with finding  effective  strategies to engage and retain students in the virtual learning environment. By connecting  with a Web 2.0 learning environment students and faculty can achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Join us as we introduce an innovative solution to the online classroom with Epsilen's powerful  eLearning platform, a dynamic environment that includes ePortfolio, Course Management, Assessment tools, and The New York Times Content Repository.
1:30 - 2:00 New Opportunites to Connect Learning with LIS and LTI - Click for Synopsis
Linda Feng, Architect, Oracle Academic Enterprise Solution, Oracle & John A. Lewis, Chief Architect, Unicon Inc

Today's students and teachers are active in an ever-growing number of group-based learning and collaborative environments. From Facebook, GoogleApps, Pearson MyLabs, Sakai, Moodle and more, there is a need to provide a reliable source of student, course and enrollment information to each of these various platforms. In addition, once the students and courses are provisioned into the group-based environments, the learning tools themselves need to be able to interact effectively in order to provide a seamless learning experience for both students as well as faculty. The IMS members have been working on 2 specifications to critical for enabling the interoperability of source learning information, as well as learning tools. We will show LIS and LTI working together in the same environments, and explore the new learning opportunities that this implies.
2:00 - 2:30 Social Learning in Online Teaching - Click for Synopsis
Jeff  Borden, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning at Pearson eCollege

This session demonstrates brain based learning theory as it aligns with education technology across generational and individual learning styles.  Participants will explore innovative uses of Web 2.0 / 3.0, various learning frameworks from Mezirow's Transformational Learning to Pink's New Mind (etc) as applied online, and serious gaming / simulation environments as informed by experts like DeDe and Zhao.  From Second Life to free online content, this session will review ideas for education to use immediately.
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2:30 - 3:00 Learning Objects in the Cloud (Not Pie in the Sky) - Click for Synopsis
Sue Evans, Founding Partner and CEO, SoftChalk LLC

The pervasive implementation of learning management systems in higher education over the past 10 years has led to heightened interest in allowing instructors and content authors to share, organize, discover and re-use learning content. SoftChalk will demonstrate its cloud-based, platform-as-a-service learning object repository (CONNECT) and  demonstrate how SoftChalk simplifies the development of learning content; how instructors can automatically convert SoftChalk content into reusable learning objects and publish into repositories for reuse in lessons, blogs, webpages, wikis and more; how learning objects can be discovered and personalized to create more complex and engaging learning materials; and how SoftChalk-generated content supports OER authoring, meta data creation, 508-accessibility and standards-based packaging such as SCORM and Common Cartridge. In addition to demonstrating the new SoftChalk LOR, we will also demonstrate integration with MERLOT and CONNEXIONS LORs.
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Serious Educational Games: Current and Future Impact on Learning in Higher Education - Click for Synopsis
Leonard Annetta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science Education & Lead Principal Investigator HI FIVES, IGNITE and STIMULATE, North Carolina State University – Educational Gaming

Video game technology and pervasive virtual worlds have slowly made their way into the realm of teaching and learning at all levels of education.  This presentation will provide insight into how Serious Educational Games are being implemented into to the educational systems through several federally funded projects.  Further, a discussion as to how this innovative technology may evolve and the subsequent pedagogical and technological standards implications for the future.

4:00 - 4:30 Education in a Web 2.0 World - Click for Synopsis
John Fontaine
,  Technology Evangelism, Blackboard

In the world of ever evolving tools and expanding possibilities the learning tools interoperability (LTI) specifications are enabling Virtual Learning Environments to stay nimble and connected to the latest web 2.0 tools. Blackboard has been working with the IMS to shape this new specification and
connect new innovative tools to learning.  Discover how this new standard evolving technologies and Blackboard's Project NG are creating new possibilities for innovative teaching and learning in education.

4:30 - 5:00 Taking LMSs to the Next Level - Click for Synopsis
John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn

In collaboration with several major academic institutions, Desire2Learn has created an instructional design wizard as well as an intuitive Course Builder tool within Learning Environment to help guide course designers through the process of creating pedagogically sound courses. The Instructional Design wizard will assist instructors and course designers in:

  1. Organizing course material into modular units
  2. Defining course objectives
  3. Identifying appropriate instructional methodologies
  4. Recommending Desire2Learn tools to help create the learning experiences you want to provide in your course
  5. Incorporating outcomes-based assessment through connections with the Competencies tool
  6. Creating structure, placeholders, and recommendations for Course Builder
  7. Reviewing instructional design strategies

The Course Builder and Instructional Design Wizard assist in aligning evaluation and assessment with course objectives by incorporating a variety of learning experiences.

5:00 - 6:00 Panel Session
This Panel Session will be moderated by the program track facilitator.  Panelists will reflect on the presentations delivered throughout the day, noting key innovations that address priority challenges facing education institutions today and in the near future, including access, affordability and quality.  Panelists will interact with audience members to identify opportunities for high value collaborations among product providers and end-users (higher education and/or K-12 leaders), which can be facilitated through existing or related IMS workgroups.  The panel’s activities will lead to actionable outcomes to help advance end-user implementations of IMS standards and adoption practices.   
  • Ingo Dahn, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • Khalil Yazdi, Chief Information Officer, University of Mary Washington
  • Steve Rheinschmidt, Director, Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  • Brad Kozlek, Manager of Software Design and Development, Education Technology Services, Pennsylvania State University
  • Leonard Annetta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science Education & Lead Principal Investigator HI FIVES, IGNITE and STIMULATE, North Carolina State University

6:00 Reception

 


Wednesday, 19 May
Draft Agenda- Subject to Change
9:00 From Course Management to Digital Support for Learning - Platforms - Click for Synopsis
Panelists:
Clay Fenlason, Product Manager, Sakai Foundation
John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn
Lou Pugliese, Board Member, MoodleRooms
Ray Henderson, President, Blackboard Learn
Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO, GiuntiLabs
Adrian Sannier, Vice President of Product, Pearson eCollege
Are we ready to enter a new phase of enterprise support for learning tools and applications that improve teaching and learning substantially beyond course organization and digital distribution of traditional materials? Why has the U.S. K-12 market not yet fully adopted learning management platforms? The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: What is your strategy to improve the lives of students, teachers, and professors to enable greater innovation in teaching and learning?
10:00 From Course Management to Digital Support for Learning - Content & Summary Analysis of Platforms & Applications - Click for Synopsis
Panelists:
Jim Behnke, Chief Learning Officer, Pearson
Gary Shapiro, Senior Vice President of Intellectual Properties, Follett
Edward H. Stanford, President, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Dr. Joel Thierstein, Associate Provost for Innovative Scholarly Communication at Rice University and Executive Director of Connexions
William D. Rieders, Executive Vice President - Global New Media, Cengage Learning
Sean Devine, Chief Executive Officer, CourseSmart
Are we ready to enter a new phase of enterprise support for learning tools and applications that improve teaching and learning substantially beyond course organization and digital distribution of traditional materials? Why has the U.S. K-12 market not yet fully adopted learning management platforms? The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: What is your strategy to improve the lives of students, teachers, and professors to enable greater innovation in teaching and learning?
11:00 Break
11:15 Update on Obama Administration Education Technology Initiatives from the U.S. Department of Education - Click for Synopsis
Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education

11:45 Lunch
1:00 The National Education Pipeline: Not the one we knew before.  - Click for Synopsis
Dr. Nicholas H. Allen, Provost Emeritus & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College
Major economic, demographic, and workforce shifts in the United States and other nations are placing increasing strains on governments and education systems to provide access to tertiary education to their populations sufficient to meet national competitive goals. The traditional education pipeline is failing and must be rethought if ambitious goals for tertiary degree attainment are to be realized in the 21st century. A new pipeline must be visualized and leveraged through strategic use of technology systems to open access and reach underserved populations of students all along the pipeline, as well as plug the leaks of those already in the pipe.
1:50 Thinking Differently About K-20 - Click for Synopsis

Panelists:
Amir Dabirian, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services,Chief Information Officer, California State University
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President, K-12 & K-20 Strategy, Blackboard Inc.
Themistocles Sparangis, Ed.D., Chief Technology Director, Educational Technology, Los Angeles Unified School District
Karen Billings, VP Education Division, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Farimah Schuerman,Managing Partner,Academic Business Advisors, LLC

National achievement in tertiary education is directly connected to preparation and achievement of secondary education. In an age where developed countries have achieved higher education credentials for over half their populations and mass higher education is perceived as a right of citizenship, the connection between secondary and tertiary systems is inextricable. The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: How can countries, states, and local authorities improve the matching of today’s secondary students' higher learning aspirations to what education systems are providing and what role can technology play?
2:35 Break
3:00 Vision of Access and Collaboration from the Largest and Most Diverse University System in the U.S.
Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, California State University system
3:30 Education:  Too big to fail; Too small to succeed? - Click for Synopsis
Michael King, Vice President, Global Education Industry, IBM

4:00 Break
4:15 Educational System Leverage Points - Click for Synopsis

Panelists:
David J. Ernst, CIO and Associate Vice President, University of California Office of the President
Wim Liebrand, CEO, SURF Foundation Netherlands
Michael Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D, Director IVIMEDS and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Gordon Freedman, Vice President Education Strategy, Blackboard
Dr. Robbie Kendall-Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Educational Technology and the Tennessee Board of Regents' Executive Director at the Renaissance Center

Much like healthcare, education systems are perceived as requiring significant improvement to meet national goals around the world. But, there are two powerful forces: limited resources & high demand – that all nations and localities are grappling with. Much like healthcare, new models for cooperation are required to get to the next level of performance. The primary question posed to the panel and audience participants is: What functions should schools, colleges and universities be developing greater levels of cooperation in and why, and what is the role of technology?

5:00 Closing Remarks, IMS Participation Awards, LearnSAT Awards, & Learning Impact Awards Ceremony
5:30 Reception

 


Thursday, 20 May
Draft Agenda- Subject to Change
*Workshops are not automatically included in your Learning Impact Registration. You must sign up and pay for them at the time of registration*

9:30 - 4:00 Workshop:
Learning Technology Advisory Council: Setting the Course for Market Adoption of Digital Learning Standards - Click for Synopsis

The objectives of this session will be to highlight several IMS GLC-facilitated collaborations among higher education, K-12 and leading learning technology systems and digital content providers and seek additional participants for existing and new collaborations, which are aimed at leveraging the IMS GLC suite of Digital Learning Standards to address access, affordability and quality education objectives.  Additionally, this workshop will include a segment for learning technology systems and content providers to demonstrate their current and in-development products’ interoperability functionality features.  The day will end with overviews of two IMS GLC Adoption Practices under development to support institutional retention and learning technology procurement.   

 

9-10:00 Digital Marketplace
10- 10:30 CSU System-wide LMS Initiative
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 11:00 Interoperability Challenge Objectives/Approach and Expected Outcomes
Use Case 1 - Quality, Scalable, Digital Content and Learning Systems
11 - 11:15 SoftChalk
11:15-11:30 ATutor
11:30 - 11:45 Angel 
11:45 - 12:00 D2L
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 1:20 Pearson
1:20- 1:40 Cengage
1:40 - 1:55 Blackboard
 1:55 - 2:10 Moodle
2:10 - 2:40 BREAK
2:40 - 2:55 Basic LTI 
2:55 - 3:10 Pearson-Sakai/TPI/LTI tying to a Pearson MyLab
3:10 - 3:25 LTI/LIS - Oracle-Sakai-Wordpress
3:25 - 3:40 CourseSmart - Moodle / CourseSmart integration  through LTI
3:40 - 3:55 Learning Objects
4:00 - 5:00 Feedback from Witnesses and Participants. 
9:30 - 4:00

Workshop:
Implementing and Achieving Conformance with Digital Learning Services Standards - Click for Synopsis

This technical workshop will focus on three standards: Learning Tools Interoperability, Learning Information Services and Common Cartridge. Information on how to effectively implement the standards along with details on how to achieve conformance to them will be provided.

Learning Information Services:

Section 1 Overview of the Specification (45 mins)

  • Spec overview and typical usage scenarios
  • The 5 core services (PMS, GMS, MMS, CMS, OMS)
  • Bulk data transfer service (BDEMS)
  • Using the documentation
  • LIS Alliance

Q&A (10 mins)

Section 2 Using the Specification (45 mins)

  • Service WSDL/XSD bindings
  • The Core Profiles
  • Conformance
  • Best practice recommendations
  • Testing your solution

Q&A (10 mins)

Common Cartridge:

Section 1 Overview of the Specification (45 minutes)

This section will review what is a Common Cartridge and how to create and
work with them:

  • navigating the specification
  • mapping content to cartridge elements
  • the manifest and files that make up a cartridge
  • what to consider when when creating cartridges
  • parsing and interpreting the manifest


Q&A  (10 minutes)

Section 2 Using and Conforming to the Specification (45 minutes)

This section will review the conformance process:

  • what does conformance mean
  • review of the sample cartridges
  • how to use the testing tool
  • resolving issues
  • reporting conformance
  • guidelines for using conformance marks

Q&A (10 minutes)

 

Learning Tools Interoperability:

Section 1 Overview of the Specification (45 mins)

  • Spec overview and typical usage scenarios
  • LMS Tool and Consumer
  • Basic Learning Tools Inteoperability

Q&A (10 mins)

Section 2 Using the Specification (45 mins)

  • Conformance
  • Best practice recommendations
  • Testing your solution

Q&A (10 mins)


 


Friday, 21 May
Draft Agenda- Subject to Change
IMS Project Group Meetings at California State University Chancellors Office

 


9:00 - 4:00

Learning Tools Interoperability Project Group

IMS Members and Affiliates May Attend

Anticipated Outcomes
* Complete the Internal Draft specification.
* Define outline of conformance requirements in full LTI.
* Identify scope of reference implementations to begin building.
* Identify actions and issues to complete the Final Release specification as quickly as possible.

09:00-09:10

Introductions

09:10-10:30

Review LTI Internal Draft Spec

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-12:00

Resolve LTI Internal Draft Spec issues

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:00

Review conformance requirements for LTI

14:00-15:00

Define the scope of reference implementations for full LTI

15:00-15:15

Break

15:15-16:00

Completing the Internal Draft and moving to Final Release

16:00-17:00

Way Forward
Future Timetable

9:00 - 12:00

Common Cartridge Accredited Profile Management Group

IMS Members, Affiliates and CC/LTI Alliance Members May Attend
09:00   Welcome & Introductions
09:15  Current Conformance Activity - Who's Conformant, and Who's Working on It.
09:30 Overview of Online Testing Tool
10:30  CC v1.1 Timeline, Conformance, Overview, Discussion
11:00 Basic LTI Update and Conformance
11:30 Open Issues - Spec Maintenance, Conformance
12:00  Adjourn