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LI 2012 Agenda Awards

Join us for Learning Impact 2013 in San Diego, CA - 13-16 May 2013




Overview & Themes | Detailed Agenda
Monday 14 May | Tuesday 15 May | Wednesday 16 May | Thursday 17 May

Technologies that Will Impact Student Success and Faculty Effectiveness


K-20 Technology & Curriculum Leaders: How will you not only deal with, but more importantly take advantage of the rapid rate of change and proliferation of new technologies and digital content in the educational enterprise? The future of the agile educational enterprise is here – the foundation for new delivery models featuring personalized learning and continuous instructional improvement.  It is just not yet implemented in all colleges and school districts. And the best news is that this foundation has been created by a collaboration of leading institutions, suppliers, and government organizations.

As a participant at Learning Impact 2012 you will network with 300-350 leading change agents of educational technology worldwide, 50% suppliers and 50% end users. You will walk away understanding how leading institutions and systems are establishing the interoperable foundation that will make all the difference in the ability to support flexible and effective education K-20. You will also learn about and potentially join into the latest initiatives of the IMS Global Learning Consortium – a non-profit collaborative that is not just talking about change – but actually making it happen for institutions and their supplier partners alike. IMS work applies to all business models for content and software, from proprietary to open to all combinations thereof.

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.

Keynotes & Panel Moderators and Participants


Dr. Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan

Paul N. Courant is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan.  From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.

Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).


AbelRob Abel, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Dr. Rob Abel is the Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers, cooperating to accelerate learning technology interoperability, adoption, and impact.  Rob has been the CEO of IMS since February of 2006.

Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning with over 30 years high tech and education market development experience.  Under Rob’s leadership IMS has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide.  During Rob’s tenure IMS has experienced dramatic growth in terms of members, revenues, and achieved significant adoption of IMS work by leading regional education communities worldwide. Under Rob’s leadership IMS is providing a foundation of technical interoperability and industry collaboration that is improving access, affordability, and quality of educational experiences worldwide.

Prior to IMS Rob was 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.  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.



Jeffrey Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education : Panel Moderator

Jeffrey R. Young leads The Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of technology and its impact on teaching, research, and student life. He also contributes to and oversees content for the Wired Campus blog, and is co-host of the monthly Tech Therapy podcast.

In College 2.0, his regular news-analysis column, he tracks game-changing technology ideas at colleges and the often thorny questions they raise. Past installments have looked at redefining textbooks, split personalities on social media, and how technology is challenging the lecture model.

Young has written for national publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. An article he wrote appeared in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing 2007.

Young is a frequent speaker at conferences across the country, discussing technology trends, computer security, and technology journalism. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 1995, focusing on hypertext literature, and a master's in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University in 2001


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 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.

Dr.John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education


Dr. John C. Cavanaugh became chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, effective July 1, 2008.  He serves as the chief executive officer of PASSHE, which operates 14 comprehensive universities with a combined enrollment of nearly 117,000 students. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the State System.

He serves as Chair of the Federal Relations Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers and as Vice Chair of the Policies and Purposes Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is Vice Chair of the Middle States Association Board of Trustees and a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Cavanaugh is a member of the Marygrove College Board of Trustees and previously served on several national advisory boards, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times Higher Education Cabinet; the National Flight Academy, which he chaired from 2004-2008; and the Walt Disney College and International Program.


PattersonLaura McCain Patterson,Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan

Laura McCain Patterson is the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan. Appointed to the role in March 2009, she is responsible for working with the campus community to develop the strategy for leveraging information technology to advance the goals of the university’s three campuses and health system. Her charge also includes direct responsibility for shared infrastructure, communication systems, data centers, administrative information systems, academic technologies and IT security.




Brian Stewart, Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer, Athabasca University

Brian moved to Canada in 1988 from Ireland, and joined Athabasca University in 2003. He was appointed to his current position of Vice President IT and CIO in 2004. Brian's role is to provide strategic leadership to the application of Information and communications technology (ICT) to the activities of the University. Brian is charged with identifying and resourcing appropriate technologies to improve administrative effectiveness and efficiency; to assist the academic community's use of ICT to develop programs which improve students' learning and success; and to facilitate the research and development of world class e-learning initiatives.


ErnstDavid Ernst, Associate Vice President and CIO, University of California, Office of the President

David J. Ernst was appointed in July 2008 to the position of CIO and Associate Vice President for the University of California system in the Office of the President.  In this role he provides leadership and support for information technology planning and implementation at the system wide level as well as supporting those activities on the ten University of California campuses.  Major areas of focus include the creation of a UC Cyber Infrastructure serving teaching and research as well as enabling administrative efficiencies through the strategic use of information technology.



ChesserWilliam Chesser, Vice President, VitalSource Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group Company

William Chesser has been with Ingram since July of 2006. Mr. Chesser was instrumental in the early design, development, and implementation of the VitalBook e-textbook platform. Mr. Chesser has worked with a high-profile collection of educators from around the U.S. to develop classroom innovation strategies and techniques and to deliver them to school systems across the country. He holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English Literature from North Carolina Central University.


StausDavid Straus,Vice President, Products, Kno

David leads Kno's product group, which includes product strategy, product management, user experience and support. David has driven marketing and business development for both consumer and enterprise solutions at multiple companies including Hewlett-Packard, OpenVision Technologies (acquired by Symantec), TSW International (acquired by Indus), and OnDemand (acquired by Pega System). David has been actively involved in startups as an executive and investor for the past 20 years. Nearly every Apple product created within the last 6-12 months can be found on David’s desk.



Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin, Chief Technology Officer, Keller ISD, TX

Joe Griffin is the Chief Technology Officer for the Keller Independent School District, Keller TX.   Joe began his career as a classroom teacher and has also served as a campus and district administrator. In his role, Joe is responsible for the instructional and administrative technologies in the district with an emphasis on mobile technologies and personalized learning. He has been involved in piloting various one-to one- initiatives, including the use of hand-held and mobile technologies to increase student engagement and learning.  Mr. Griffin is a member in the Texas Computer Education Association and Consortium of School Networking.  



Robbie Melton

Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning & Educational Technology & Innovations, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)

Dr. Robbie Kendall-Melton is the Associate Vice Chancellor eLearning for the Tennessee Board of Regents’ – Office of Academic Affairs, as well as a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University.  Dr. Melton formerly served for ten years as the administrator responsible for the development of Tennessee Board of Regents system wide Regents Online Campus Collaborative: RODP and ROCE.  Most recently for 2010, she served as chief consultant for the National Education Association (NEA) Online Graduate Programs, consultant for South Carolina Commission of Higher Education Investigation of a State Wide Online Collaboration, consultant for the U.S. Army’s eLearning Training, appointed to the and selected as one of the thirty top leaders to participate in the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL).

Timothy L. Hall, President, Austin Peay State UniversityTimHall

Timothy L. Hall President Austin Peay State University On August 1, 2007, Tim Hall became the ninth president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Enrollment at the university has climbed steadily since Hall’s arrival at APSU, passing 10,000 students in 2009 and increasing overall nearly 20% from 2007 to 2011. Research funding has improved by 50% and giving to the university by nearly 100% during that same period. Hall’s constant focus on student success has seen the APSU’s retention and graduation rates reach all-time highs.

TristanDenleyDr. Tristan Denley, Provost and Vice President for academic and Student Affairs, Austin Peay University

Dr Tristan Denley has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs since January 2009. Originally from Penzance, England, Dr Denley held positions in Sweden, Canada and the University of Mississippi before coming to Austin Peay.

Sean Devine

Sean Devine, CEO, CourseSmart

Sean Devine joined CourseSmart in May 2006 with 25 years of experience in the development, sales and marketing of online information services, and has been responsible for the company formation and the development of CourseSmart's product and marketing strategy.

Prior to CourseSmart, he spent six years as the CEO at Safari Books Online, a leading provider of electronic access to Computer & Business books, where he was responsible for the company launch in 2001 and led the company to becoming a leading provider of electronic book access for individuals, libraries and corporations. Prior to Safari Books Online, Sean held senior management positions at,, Dun & Bradstreet, UMI/Bell & Howell, Ziff Davis and The Thomson Corporation.

Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Saint Mary's College of California.


Ray HendersonRay Henderson, President, Blackboard Learn

Ray Henderson is the President of Blackboard Learn, the elearning products division of Blackboard Inc, the worlds leading provider of online learning technology and services.  His mission there is simple:  to increase the impact of education by transforming the experience of education.  Previously, Ray was Chief Products Officer at ANGEL Learning, which Blackboard acquired in May 2009.  He also served as President of the Digital Media Group for Pearson Education where he was responsible for creating digital products for learning delivery.  He was a founder of the Safari Books Online joint initiative with O’Reilly, and managed platforms for several high profile blended learning product lines such as Course Compass and My Math Lab.  His most significant contribution to the IMS Global was his early stewardship of the Common Cartridge project, now a key standards initiative within IMS.  Ray’s vantage as both a content distributor and software platform provider led him to suggest this new initiative in 2005 and help shepherd it into existence till now.


Adrian Sannier, Senior Vice President for Product, PearsonAdrian Sannier

Adrian Sannier is the Senior Vice President for Product at Pearson, the world's foremost educational technology company, leading a variety of educational technologies including My Labs New Design, Learning Studio, Equella, and most recently OpenClass.  In February 2012, Sannier was named one of the “12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses” in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Prior to joining Pearson in 2010, Sannier was the CIO at Arizona State University, the nation's largest residential institution. He has been a professor for the past 12 years in the Division of Computing Studies at ASU, and as the Stanley Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering at Iowa State University.  Before joining the academy, Sannier led the PC game studio EAI Interactive, an independent developer of children’s games. EAI created best-selling titles for game publishers like Mattel, Hasbro, Crayola, Disney and Pixar as well educational content for leading publishers such as Elsevier, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.


BeekmanTimothy Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage

Timothy R. Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage, was founder of Dynacom, Inc., and a partner/owner of the former SAFARI Technologies, Inc. Mr. Beekman holds a BSEE from Western Michigan University and a First Class Broadcast License. He was honored as “Fellow of the Decade” by Ball State University Center for Communication Sciences and served as Director of Technology for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Currently, he is president and co-founder of SAFARI Montage, and brings leadership and focus to the team. Mr. Beekman has pioneered the integration of video technology in the classroom through projects like AT&T School of the Future initiative and the “Campus of the Future” at Ball State University. Under Mr. Beekman’s leadership, SAFARI Montage has grown to be an industry leader in Educational Video Integration Technologies in both analog and digital formats.


ZobristBill Zobrist, Director of Online and Emerging Product Strategy, Pearson Learning Solutions, Pearson

Bill Zobrist is Director of Online and Emerging Product Strategy in the Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS) unit of Pearson. Bill works with teams to envision and build educational technology products and strategies that can be both traditional elearning as well as emerging digital ecosystems. He participates across Pearson on innovation thought leadership. Much of his work over the last few years has been focused in and around mobile learning. Bill is a graduate of Bennington College and received his MBA from Fordham University with a dual degree in Management and Finance.  



CoatesJosh Coates, CEO, Instructure
Josh Coates began his career in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center.  Josh specialized in high performance and parallel disk and network I/O.  In 1998 Josh graduated with a degree in Computer Science and began working at Inktomi Corporation developing network caching software.

In 1999 Josh founded Scale Eight, which developed scalable storage software technologies. Scale Eight’s customers included Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu. Josh also founded Berkeley Data Systems ( in 2005. Two years later in October 2007, EMC Corp acquired Mozy for $76 million.

In 2007, Josh took a volunteer position as an adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University.  Josh was an early investor in Instructure and joined the board in 2008. In 2010, Josh became CEO of Instructure.


Don MandersonDon Manderson, Director Information Technology, Escambia County Schools, FL

Don Manderson is Director Information Technology, Escambia County School District. Since 2003, he has had responsibility for all IT and Instructional Technology related services in a school district serving 40,000 students and 5000 employees. Don is also the Current president of the Florida CoSN State Chapter, Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) is a blend of education and technology leaders, policy makers, and decision makers from the public and private sectors that advocate for technology as a means to improve teaching, learning, and the administrative processes in districts and states.




Bailey MitchellBailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District, GA

Bailey Mitchell brings twenty five years of experience as an educator and has worked for the past thirteen years as the Chief Technology and Information Officer for Forsyth County Schools. He is responsible for both the educational and administrative technology enterprise with a focus on online learning, collaborative classrooms, parent communication and teacher support. Forsyth's technology enterprise is nationally recognized as a leader in educational technology.

Bailey serves on the board and is chair-elect of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school district technology leaders.
Prior to working for Forsyth County Schools, Bailey served as the Director of Instructional Technology at the Georgia Department of Education. Bailey has a B.S. degree in Career and Technology Education and a Masters and Specialist Degree from The University of Georgia in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Supervision.


Bailey MitchellGeorge Perreault, Director, Instructional Technology & Library Media, Orange County Public Schools, FL

George Perreault is the Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida.  He is responsible for managing all of the instructional technology initiatives, Library activities, and instructional materials for the nation's 10th largest school district.  He has served in this capacity for the past 11 years, having been a teacher and a school administrator for the 25 years prior to his current position.  In his role he has worked as an advisor to principals and curriculum staff, and has brought standardization of resources, both hardware and software to the district.

Working closely with professional development staff, he has implemented a school-based technology mentor program, training and equipping school based staff to assist teachers  with effective technology integration strategies.  The district has also implemented a "Cybrarian" program to educate media specialists on the latest digital technologies and web 2.0 resources.  In his role managing instructional materials, he is guiding the district towards the implementation of digital curriculum and its integration with the new Instructional Management System.


AShahShah S. Ardalan, Chief Executive Officer, LSC-University Park

Shah Ardalan is the Chief Executive Officer at Lone Star College-University Park.  Mr. Ardalan has over 20 years of executive leadership experience and success in technology, operations, and business development. Mr. Ardalan has been privileged to serve in executive roles at three of the nation’s top higher education systems that have worked extensively with the academic and economic development of their communities.

Mr. Ardalan holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. He also holds academic diplomas and certificates from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Harvard University.


Kevin Roberts, Chief Planning and Information Officer, Abilene Christian UniversityKevin Roberts

Kevin is the CIO and the Director of Re-Engineering at Abilene Christian University. He has been at ACU for nine years and has served as CIO for the last two. During his time at ACU he has overseen a number of initiatives including: a full deployment of Sungard's Banner system, the creation of a one stop student services organization, the complete transition to Google Apps for Education and the implementation of Talisma's CRM product.





Lou Pugilese

Lou Pugliese, Chairman and CEO, Moodlerooms

As an entrepreneurial business strategist with global vision and demonstrated talent for identifying emerging trends and new business opportunities, Lou has a successful history of driving the growth and success of some of the best companies in the industry. Lou currently serves as Executive Chairman of eThority, prior to which he held several senior executive positions, including Founding CEO of Blackboard, Inc. Lou has 23 years of startup and turnaround experience with major brands such as ETS, Telecommunications Inc., Scholastic Inc. and Turner Broadcasting. He is also a noted international speaker on technology innovation in education and has addressed a wide range of issues in education and education policy.


John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn

John Baker

John Baker founded Desire2Learn in 1999 at the age of 22, while still a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.

Desire2Learn employs over 400 people today, with teams throughout Canada, the US, Australia, the UK, Singapore, and Latin America.   Desire2Learn is a world leader in building technology that is transforming teaching and learning with a complete spectrum of products and services ranging from the flagship Desire2Learn® Learning Environment to Desire2Learn® ePortfolio as well as next generation mobile learning and predictive analytics to help keep students engaged. 


ChrisVentoChris Vento, Executive Vice President, Technology & Development, Cengage Learning

Chris Vento is Executive Vice President of Technology & Development for Cengage Learning. He is responsible for the company’s overall technology direction, as well as the digital learning content delivery platforms that drive Cengage’s vast array of market leading products spanning its academic and library solutions. In this role, Chris has more recently been engaged in leading the creation, definition and development of Cengage’s advanced digital technology initiatives driving its next generation of digital content and learning delivery solutions. Cengage’s recently announced, breakthrough technology powering it’s innovative MindTap personal learning experience solution is a byproduct of these advanced technology initiatives. In addition, Chris is a leading educational and software technology spokesperson, and is very active as a leader and contributor


Christopher Gray, Chief Product Officer, PathbriteChristopher Gray

Christopher is the Chief Product Officer at Pathbrite, where he is responsible for organizing product strategy and overseeing the product management and design functions. Prior to joining Pathbrite, Christopher launched the computer services business for Symantec, worked as Director of Training for PeopleSoft, and created the online learning platform for Veritas. Christopher holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development.



Sue EvansSue Polyson Evans, CEO/Co-Founder SoftChalk, LLC

Sue Polyson Evans is the CEO and co-Founder of SoftChalk LLC and a pioneer in the e-Learning industry. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Sue was lead developer of one of the first commercially-available learning management systems (LMS) in the world, Web Course in a Box. She was also co-founder and president of madDuck Technologies, which developed and sold Web Course in a Box. After merging madDuck Technologies with e-learning industry giant, Blackboard Inc., Sue remained on board at Blackboard before leaving to found SoftChalk, in 2002.

Prior to her experience as an entrepreneur and product developer, Sue held management positions in instructional technology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has presented and conducted workshops at leading industry conferences, as well as published articles in the areas of e-Learning technology and the use of web technologies for education. Sue holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Indiana State University



Curtiss Barnes, Vice President, Strategic Market Development, Cengage LearningCurtiss Barnes

Curtiss Barnes is the Vice President of Strategic Market Development at Cengage Learning. Prior to Cengage, Curtiss led Oracle's industry strategy team for Higher Education, Not-for-Profit Research Institutions and K-12 Education. Curtiss brings more than 20 years experience in the education industry. He was 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. 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.


Emilio Bernabei, Director, Global Ecosystem and Marketing Operations, SMART TechnologiesEmilio Bernabei

Emilio Bernabei is Director, Global Ecosystem and Marketing Operations at SMART Technologies, the world leader in interactive whiteboards. Emilio is responsible for expanding SMART’s global alliances and for strategic planning within the marketing department at SMART. 

An accomplished executive with 20 years of marketing, business development and high-tech strategy expertise, Emilio has demonstrated success in providing stewardship of technology strategy as well as leading global go-to-market initiatives.

Prior to joining SMART in 2007, Emilio was director, worldwide product marketing with a leading data integration company based in the United States. He also held executive and senior positions with technology companies ranging from established publicly traded companies to venture capital-backed startups in Silicon Valley. With his current experience at SMART combined with several years working for a distance learning telecom technology provider in the mid-90s, Emilio has close to a decade of education ICT experience. Emilio has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a specialization in distributed computing. He also holds certificates in leadership and management from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas.


Robert Sapp, Vice President, Learning Technologies, K12.comRob Sapp

J. Robert Sapp, EdD has been a leader and innovater in learning technologies for over 25 years. He  is currently the Vice President, Learning Technologies for k12, Inc. Before accepting this position, Dr. Sapp has held positions in senior and executive management at Laureate Inc., University of Maryland University College, and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sapp holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania where his dissertation, "Creating and Applying Criteria to Evaluate Online Continuing Education" was accepted with merit. He also holds an MS in educational technology from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in instructional design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).


Craig DunkCraig Dunk, Director, Extensibility, Desire2Learn

Craig was Founder and CTO at Metranome, a mobile video start-up.  Craig was responsible for the technical leadership and product design related to delivering Metranome’s mobile media products. Since joining Desire2Learn Craig has been delivering sound solutions for a variety of products in the Desire2Learn mobile portfolio and is now responsible for supporting Desire2Learn Partners as the Director of Extensibility.




Steve Rheinschmidt

Steve Rheinschmidt, Director, Iowa Community College Online Consortium

Steve Rheinschmidt is Director of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC).  The ICCOC is a voluntary, self-supported partnership between seven of Iowa’s community colleges to offer online courses and degree programs and provide comprehensive student support services. 

ICCOC partners are: Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Northwest Iowa, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

The ICCOC launched in the fall of 2000 with eleven online courses and 272 enrollments.  Today, the Consortium serves over 57,000 fully online enrollments annually and students have access to over a dozen fully online programs and more than 600 unique courses.


Sandeep ChellaniSandeep Chellani, Executive Director of Product Development, New York City Department of Education

Sandeep Chellani is the Executive Director of Product Development in the New York City Department of Education’s Office of the COO.  His group is responsible for conceiving and delivering innovative technology-based solutions that support the instructional and educational agenda of the NYC DOE. The group translates objectives, stakeholder needs, market trends and user research into a well-defined product strategy, requirements, product roadmaps and project milestones. The group also oversees the execution and optimization of the products as well as develops and manages project plans for design, build, implementation and ongoing product maintenance.

Sandeep Chellani holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems from Rider University and a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.



Edward Mansouri, President and CEO,, Inc.

Edward Mansouri

Edward is co-founder and chief executive officer. He's led Ucompass for over 13 years, and authored Educator, a learning management system used to instruct over 2M students. He is a technological prophet who thrives on delivering innovation. Recently, he architected Octane, an award-winning platform for enriching content, as well as the UcompOS, a developer framework for building rich portal applications. He has Bachelor's degrees in Engineering and Meteorology from Penn State University, and a Master's in Meteorology from Florida State University.





Plenary & Program Track Panels:


Will Apple or Anyone Reinvent the Textbook? What the Education Market Needs and Wants with Respect to the Evolution of the Textbook: Do faculty and students want e-Books, a more engaging e-Book, engaging/interactive online experiences connected to an LMS, or all of the above? See Participants 

Linking Technology and Interoperability to Higher Education Institutional Strategy: Institutions are looking to improve graduation rates and/or their ability to differentiate their offerings.  Where will technology make a big difference to institutional leadership? Can institutions get passionate about interoperability? See Participants 

K-12 Interoperability, Personalized Learning and Continuous Instructional Improvement: Why it is making sense for K-12 product and curriculum providers to have their products interoperate as opposed to standalone? Hear from the suppliers and districts that are providing K-12 market leadership.See Participants 

Transforming the Learning Experience: The Future of the LMS Face Off!
OK – is the Learning/Course Management System dead? Despite some discussion groups and blogs in the affirmative, well, there’s very little evidence that death is anywhere near. But, that doesn't mean that the market is satisfied or stagnate! And, if you’re tired of all the online gossip on this topic, come to Learning Impact and find out directly from the top executives of the global leaders in the segment what the transition to the future looks like.

In this 75-minute in-depth panel each participant will have 5-minutes to give their concise“vision of the future.”  You will walk away with the best possible summary of where the market is headed - one not available anywhere else. See Participants 

Turning the Proliferation of Mobile Platforms into an Advantage: Are e-Book reader, notebook, and cell phone providers being responsive to the needs of the education marketplace? Are there useful education apps?  Can they run cross-platform? Leaders of major institutional and supplier initiatives speak out on what can be done to take advantage of the mobilization trend. See Participants 

Inside the LTI Tornado: The Emerging IMS Learning Tools Interoperability has arguably already become the most successful interoperability standard in education in terms of adoption. What are the new products that LTI is enabling and how will it evolve? See Participants 


Program Track Panel: Educational Positioning System (EPS): How can the fit between academic options, student goals and college readiness be improved? How can we enable smart “educational consumers” who are better equipped to make solid educational choices? Join panelists as they discuss the potential of EPS. See Participants



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 from presenters who are a mix of learning technology product and service providers and higher education, K12, and government agencies.

1A. Beyond the LMS: It’s All About Enabling Student Success: The IMS Next Generation Interactive Networked Learning Environment (facilitated by the IMS Higher Education Council)

1B. Higher Education Digital Course Content Sharing: How IMS Interoperability is Enabling Open Educational Resources (OER) and Next Generation Content Alternatives including Interactive Textbook Alternatives, Digital Media, Interactive Whiteboards, and Homework/Adaptive Tutors.

2A Putting in Place the Foundation for Personalized K-12 Learning: The IMS Instructional Innovation through Interoperability Leadership Council Initiative (I3LC) (facilitated by the IMS I3LC)

2B K-12 Digital Course Content Sharing: How IMS Interoperability is Enabling Open Educational Resources (OER) and Next Generation Content Alternatives including Interactive Textbook Alternatives, Digital Media, Interactive Whiteboards, and Homework/Adaptive Tutors.

3A How Do You Know if Your Student System or Learning Management System Has Implemented Vendor-Neutral Interoperable Data Services? The Advantages of Learning Information Services Conformance Certification

3B Mobilization: New Developments in Enabling Mobile Platforms, Mobile Content and Mobile Data to Enable Student Success

4A Actionable Assessment for All: How IMS Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) and Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) are Changing Assessment; including an introduction to APIP

4B APIP Showcase: Assessment Suppliers Strut their Stuff – Come See What All the Excitement is About

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