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Learning Impact 2011
Plan on joining us for Learning Impact 2011 the 16-19 of May 2011.


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Monday 16 May | Tuesday 17 May | Wednesday 18 May | Thursday 19 May | Friday 20 May

Learning Impact 2011 and the Learning Impact Award Showcase is an executive level gathering of educational leaders, suppliers, and government organizations to encourage new ways to think and collaborative action via projects facilitated by the IMS Global Learning Consortium.


Dr.Koester Dr. Jolene Koester, President, California State University, Northridge - See Agenda

Dr. Jolene Koester began her appointment as the fourth president of California State University, Northridge on July 1, 2000. The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) formally announced their appointment of Dr. Koester as president on November 16, 1999.

As an active member of the community, Dr. Koester serves on the boards of directors for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. She also is a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Los Angeles Jobs and Economy Committee. Known nationally for her leadership in the area of higher education, she is a past chair of the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education.

Mark MillironDr. Mark David Milliron, Deputy Director, Higher Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation- See Agenda

Dr. Mark David Milliron serves as the Deputy Director for Higher Education with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leading efforts to increase student success in the postsecondary education sector in the United States ( He is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change. Mark has worked with hundreds of universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He serves as a Trustee for Western Governors University and as a board member for Spruce Pine Montessori School. In addition, he serves on numerous other corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups; guest lectures for educational institutions nationally and internationally; and authors and moderates the Catalytic Conversations Blog.


Dr. YoungJulie Young, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Virtual School- See Agenda

In 1997, Julie Young pioneered the launch of Florida Virtual School with the goal of providing high quality, online courses to students throughout the State of Florida.  That vision has resulted in Florida Virtual School becoming the largest provider of Internet-based courseware and instruction for middle and high school students in Florida and around the globe.

Ms. Young is the Chairman of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and serves on the boards of the International Association for K12 Online Learning and the Florida Learning Alliance.  She is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Distance Learning Task Force, the Florida Taxwatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, and the UT TeleCampus National Advisory Board.   Ms. Young was recognized by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the Top 30 influencers in Ed Tech, along with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. In 2003, she was inducted into the USDLA “Hall of Fame.” 

Under Ms. Young’s leadership, Florida Virtual School has been recognized for its work by the National School Boards Association and the Canadian Association for Distance Education. Florida Virtual School has received two 2010 CODiE Awards: Best Reading/English Instructional Solution & Best Social Studies Instructional Solution. FLVS was also honored with the 2009 and 2007 USDLA 21st Century award for Best Practice in Distance Learning, the 2008 Better Government Competition Award from the Pioneer Institute, the EdNET 2007 Pioneer of the Year Award and the 2006 EdNET Impact award.  In 2003, her school was named as one of the WebSmart Top 50 organizations by Business Week Magazine.

Ms. Young earned her Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of South Florida, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky.

Rob AbelRob Abel, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium - See Agenda

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.




What Are the Big Changes in Online, Classroom, and Assessment Technology in K-12 in the Next 12 Months? See Participants


Hear from a panel of industry leaders in a discussion of what is coming next in K-12 technology to support Learning Impact. What impact is Race to the Top having in the U.S.?

   eBooks Come (Again!) to Campus: When Will the “Ever-Arriving” Technology Finally Arrive?  See Participants


Platforms, and products, and great promise, oh my!  Join Kenneth C. Green of The Campus Computing Project for a conversation with a panel of experts about the future of eBooks and digital content in higher education.   Green will press the panelists on the impending arrival of eBooks in academe: What are the key issues ahead for eBook content and platform providers? What are enabling technologies and necessary market conditions that will lead to the broad deployment of eBooks on campus, and the broad acceptance of eBooks by college students, ages 17-57?   Which technology and content providers will do well when the eBook finally arrives?   And when will we see a significant uptick in student interest and demand that advances eBooks from the current market share of two-three percent?

Innovating Outside the Traditional Learning Management System See Participants


Will everything get absorbed into Learning or Course Management Systems? Or, are there other learning systems that stand on their own? This is a follow-up to last year’s panel in which we hear from some of the leading providers of innovative products that complement or potentially compete with the course management systems. What new innovations are taking hold and creating new categories that can improve learning – not just learning administration.

The State and Future of Course Management Systems - See Participants


This is a follow-up to our unique panel from last year where the higher education instructional technology leaders duked it out over who's got the right formula going forward to deliver superior value to educators and institutions. Nowhere else will you experience a panel like this!  You will get to hear it right from the top dogs through an interactive exchange.


Program Tracks:
Program tracks of Learning Impact focus on the key shifts, challenges, and opportunities as individuals, governments, and corporations around the globe seek better educational experiences. Each Track includes presentations and some include a panel session of industry leaders. The presenters will define how the specific challenge area relates to their business or institution and respective solutions that they have in place or are developing. Presenters will be a mix of learning technology product and service providers and higher education, K12, and government agencies. A panel session will conclude some Tracks and offer thoughtful discussion around insights gained and actions required to advance and leverage developing and new solutions and collaborative efforts to impact learning.

Program Tracks: See the Speakers

Moving to the next wave of enterprise learning technology

Track 1: Preparing for the future of learning management, learning tools, & learning analytics
Track 2: Exploring new content supplements and alternatives: eBooks, OER (open educational resources), wikis, games, simulations

Achieving digital cross-fertilization of classroom and online learning

Track 3: Exploiting the next generation of the digital classroom, online, and integrated study tools
Track 4: Incorporating iPads, notebooks, and eReaders: the new mobile education platforms 

Race to the top: Advancing college & career readiness via supportive technology

Track 5: Understanding the next generation of technology to improve balanced assessment
Track 6: Leading support for personalized learning: Best practice in enabling emerging educational delivery models

IMS Campus: Leveraging interoperability to enable campus adoption of new learning technology and content

Track 7: IMS Campus case studies: Adopting breakthrough digital technology in a scalable and interoperable fashion
Track 8: 2nd annual interoperability challenge: Suppliers showcase the value of IMS's write once, run anywhere in response to institutional & system member requests


The Learning Impact Awards and Showcase:
The Learning Impact Awards (LIAs) are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program, now in its fourth year,  evaluates use of technology in context to improve educational access, affordability, and quality. Finalists are selected to showcase at the conference and a panel of global experts select the winners who are announced on the final day.

The Learning Impact 2011 Conference and Awards Showcase is taking place in Long Beach, California, USA, 16-19 May 2011. Learning Impact 2011 is pleased to hold the conference in the Southern California metropolitan area, close to numerous attractions along the beautiful Pacific Coast and the many airports for easy travel.

Who Attends Learning Impact and Why?
Leaders of institutions, districts, government organizations, and suppliers attend learning Impact, seeking to collaborate in order to make the next wave of tangible innovation occur. Learning Impact is an intimate gathering that results in the building of partnerships among leading organizations. Therefore, it is not a typical conference for collecting information, but rather a meeting where plans are made and actions are initiated to deliver tangible progress toward strategic goals. The IMS Global Learning Consortium staff work with the Learning Impact attendees to formulate and facilitate collaborative projects that address strategic institutional and market development objectives.

Come to Learning Impact and collaborate with other leaders to change how technology is used to improve education and learning!