LI2013 agenda Awards Sponsors Hotel

The Learning Impact Conference is a unique conference that brings together senior-level leaders from across the K-20 ecosystem to discuss global trends and effective practices to establish an open foundation to enable flexible and effective education.  All general sessions at Learning Impact focus on global issues relevant to both K12 and Higher Education.  The track sessions provide attendees with the option to select sessions most relevant to K12 or Higher Education (HE) leaders as noted on the agenda.

 

Overview & Themes & Speaker Bios

Monday 13 May | Tuesday 14 May | Wednesday 15 May | Thursday 16 May

 

DRAFT AGENDA - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Guide: Keynotes, Panels, Program Tracks

Monday, May 13

Time Focus Session Room

8 am

 

Registration

South Tower - Level 3 Foyer

10 am

 

IMS Member Update (for IMS Members Only)

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

11 am

 

IMS Technical Congress

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

1:00 pm

K12/HE

Innovation, Disruption, Revolution – Oh My!
What’s Really Behind the Curtain in the Future of Educational Technology?

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

Are MOOCs hype or the great disruptor? Discerning a great idea amongst all the hype is a challenge. Separating hype from great ideas requires critical thinking: A uniquely human attribute that a quality education is supposed to help develop. Yet, human beings love the excitement and imagination that comes with hype – because we want to invent the future! Can those of us working in the education field discern innovation, disruption or revolution when we see it? Can we work together to invent the future? Yes we can, and we will at Learning Impact 2013, beginning with this kick-off talk. Setting the stage for this year’s conference it is essential that we come to grips with what is really changing and what is not in the educational technology landscape. What are the REALLY important issues that nations, states, institutions and suppliers need to grapple with to be a leader in reinvented education systems that rely on technical innovation as an enabler? And, conversely, what is noise? We deserve what we get in terms of the educational community using critical thinking to redesign our future. It’s going to be a conference that challenges you to think and rethink what is going to happen and your role.

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

1:30 pm

K12/HE

Two Education Paradigms: What Defines and How to Create a World Class Education

The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education aimed to cultivate diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial talents.

Dr. Zhao proposes a new paradigm of education. In this presentation Yong Zhao will discuss the triad model of education to prepare global, creative, and entrepreneurial talents that include: personalized curriculum/educational experience, product-oriented learning, and the globe as the campus. Yong Zhao will present specific details of each element.

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon (Read The Need for New Paradigms in Education, an Interview with Dr. Yong Zhao)

Panel:

Kathy Walter, Senior Director, Academic Solutions, New York City Public Schools - Moderator
Tim Beekman, President and Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage
Mohit Bhargava, President, LearningMate Canada
Travis Willard, COO, Its Learning
Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, University of Oregon
Douglas Gastich, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy, Learning.com
Trina Trimm Angelone, Founder and COO, VSCHOOLZ, Inc.

 

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

 

Break

 

3:30 pm

K12

Getting to Next Generation Assessment:  A Pragmatic Approach for Transitioning from Paper to e-Assessment

Aligning state assessments with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the continued evolution of personalized learning presents many opportunities.  However, there are important challenges that states and school districts must address to evolve classroom curriculum, pedagogy and learning systems to transition from paper to e-Assessments. Challenges such as meeting the hardware and assistive device requirements, software programs, accessibility accommodations, and security concerns make educators nervous. These changes will have significant implications for appropriately monitoring and reporting students’ progress and results to improve student learning. This panel will discuss the issues facing state assessment leaders and share their perspectives about a pragmatic approach for leveraging technology to enable effective next generation assessment.


Bob Guerin, President, Pacific Metrics - Moderator
Wes Bruce, Chief Assessment Officer, Indiana Department of Education
Dirk Mattson, Executive Director, K-12 Multistate Assessment Programs, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Thomas Hoffman, Senior Development Leader, Measured Progress
Gaye Fedorchak, Principal Consultant for Accessibility, Education Development, ACT, Inc.
Devin Loftis, Director of Engineering, McGraw-Hill CTB

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3
4:30 pm   Introduction to the IMS Learning Impact Awards Showcase Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3
4:45 pm  

Learning Impact Awards Showcase

Judges:

Hap Aziz, Ellucian
Gary Driscoll, ETS
Annette Grande, Norwegian Center for ICT in Education
Dr. Dae Joon Hwang, SKKU
Richard Lumadue, Texas A&M Commerce
Tsuneo Yamada, Open University Japan
Terry O'Heron, Penn State University
Lou Pugliese, Board Member, GiveCorps

Marina Ball Room F & G
South Tower - Level 3

6 pm

 

Reception

Marina Ball Room F & G
South Tower - Level 3

Tuesday, May 14

Time Focus Session Room

8 am

 

Registration

South Tower - Level 3 Foyer

8 am

 

Sponsor Exhibits

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

9 am

 

Rob's Top Ten
Rob Abel Ed.D., CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

HE

Turning Data into Personalized Student Experiences

In 1972, PW Anderson argued, in his important paper More is Different, that as the scale and complexity of particles in physics increases, "entirely new properties appear". This simple concept transitions well to educational data. Historically, data has been managed primarily through human involvement. Today, the abundance of data produced through routine digital interactions overwhelms the capacity of humans to make sense of that data. In response, researchers have turned to educational data mining and learning analytics (LA) to make sense of data and to discover patterns that can help improve the teaching and learning process. More data requires different analytics approaches as different properties become evident as the quantity of data increases. This presentation will provide an introduction to the prominent analytics methods and tools being used in learning analytics. Additionally, the argument will be made that access to educational data is important for institutions, educators, and learners. The need for data sharing between software systems is vital in order to use LA to improve learner success, rather than as a means of vendors to lock in education customers.

 

Featured Speaker:
Dr. George Siemens, Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University (Read Turning Data into Personalized Learning Experiences, an Interview with George Siemens)

Panel:
Mike Sharkey, Director of Academic Analytics, Apollo Group - Moderator
Sean Devine, CEO, CourseSmart
Alfred Essa, Director of Innovation and Analytics Strategy, Desire2Learn
George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Dr. George Siemens, Athabasca University

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

10:45 am

 

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:15 am

HE

Higher Education Leadership: New Models for the University and Supporting Innovation at Scale

As a result of the current economic climate and increasing political pressure to implement change, we are seeing institutions of all types beginning to pursue competency-based and other innovative learning models, including MOOCs, to increase educational attainment while looking for ways to make more revenue or keep their costs from continuing to escalate at twice the rate of inflation.   Evolving new learning models don’t necessarily mean that we get rid of classrooms or do it all online. It really means, that we identify new learning models that enable institutions to individualize education more to the learning needs of students, identify clear competencies, and establish ways to effectively measure attainment at an affordable and scalable manner.  This session will feature the work of Western Governors University as one innovative approach that is generating measurable results and will explore other innovative models for scaling up educational attainment.


Featured Speaker:
Steve Klingler, Senior Vice President of Student Experience, Western Governors University (Read the The Future of Competency-based Learning interview with Dr. Mendenhall)

Panel
Dr. William Graves, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategy,Ellucian - Moderator
Mark Armstrong, Vice-President, Higher Education Product Development, Oracle
Jen Ullrich Eveslage, Vice President of Intellectual Property, Follett
Brian Kibby, President, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Steve Klingler, Senior Vice President of Student Experience, Western Governors University
Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning & Educational Technology & Innovations,Tennesse Board of Regents

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4
1:30 pm   Program Tracks
K-12: Evolving IT and Curriculum to Enable Next Generation Personalized Learning
Higher Education: Achieving the IMS Open Digital Innovation Revolution in Higher Education IT
Digital Learning Services: Leading IT Towards an Open Enterprise to Enable Innovation
Electronic Assessment: Obtaining Actionable Information to Guide Instruction
Going Digital: The Future of Textbooks, Digital Resources and BYOT Programs
Various
5:00 pm   Sponsor Exhibits Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3
5:15 pm   IMS Leadership Award Ceremony Bayside Pavillion
Lobby Level
5:30 pm   Reception Bayside Pavillion
Lobby Level

Wednesday, May 15

Time Focus Session Room

8 am

 

Registration

South Tower - Level 3 Foyer
9 am   Program Tracks
K-12: Evolving IT and Curriculum to Enable Next Generation Personalized Learning
Higher Education: Achieving the IMS Open Digital Innovation Revolution in Higher Education IT
Digital Learning Services: Leading IT Towards an Open Enterprise to Enable Innovation
Electronic Assessment: Obtaining Actionable Information to Guide Instruction
Going Digital: The Future of Textbooks, Digital Resources and BYOT Programs
Various

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4

1:30 pm

HE/K12

Disruptive Digital Technologies: Adapt or Get Left Behind

Embark upon a journey through the dawn of the information age with college student Travis Allen. Experience the life of a true digital native who boldly refused to accept the status quo in the classroom. Learn how he uses his tablet, and only his tablet, in all of his courses. Most importantly, learn how students want to learn in a world where everything is going digital and what is needed from suppliers and institutions to be a part of an open digital revolution for change in education.

Featured Speaker:
Travis Allen, President and CEO, iSchool Initiative

(Read "Revolutionizing Education Through Innovative Technology", An interview with Travis Allen, CEO of iSchool Initiative)
Panel:
Gerry Hanley, Senior Director, Academic Technology Services, Executive Director -MERLOT, California State University - Moderator
Travis Allen, President and CEO, iSchool Initiative
Rick Johnson, Chief Technical Officer, VitalSource Technologies
Mickey Levitan, Founder/CEO, Courseload
Dan Silverburg, SVP, Marketing, Cengage Learning
John Prabhu, VP Solutions Architect, SPi Global
David Schiffman, Director of Strategy & Global Education Alliances, Enterprise Business Team, Samsung Electronics
Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

2:45 pm

 

Break

Foyer
South Tower - Level 3

3:45 pm

HE/K12

Rumbling Right Along: What's Next for the Thing Formerly Known as the LMS?
Each year at Learning Impact we ask if the Learning Mangement System (LMS) is dead. How can a billion dollar industry possibly be dead? Or is the LMS finally evolving from a monolithic, silo-ed platform to a modular, open platform that allows innovative faculty to bring together a myriad of learning tools and digital resources to make it easier to provide personalized learning? This panel of top LMS executives, and fierce competitors, will provide their perspectives about how social networking, online collaboration, mobile devices, and a staggering proliferation of digital content, resources and tools are forever changing the education landscape and forcing the “rebirth” of the thing formerly known as the LMS.

Featured Speaker:
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Education

Panel:
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Education- Moderator
John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn
Jay Bhatt, CEO, Blackboard
Josh Coates, CEO Instructure
Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder and Lead Developer, Moodle
Manoj Kutty, CEO, LoudCloud Systems
Matt Leavy, CEO, Pearson eCollege
Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

 

Learning Impact Awards Ceremony

Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3
5:30 pm   Learning Impact 2013 Closing Remarks Marina Ballroom D & E
South Tower - Level 3
6:00 pm  Reception Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4

Thursday, May 16

Time Session Room

8 am

Registration

South Tower - Level 3 Foyer
9 am - 4pm

Effective Instructional Innovation: How IT gets there from here (Read the interview with Casey Green as he discusses the workshop which will explore IT effectiveness in context of both a supporting infrastructure and also as reflection of institutional culture and a commitment to change – a willingness among campus officials to leverage technology as a catalyst for change to enable instructional innovation.)

Registration Fee:

  • $50 for individuals attending the Learning Impact Conference, May 13-15, 2013
  • $75 for individuals not attending the Learning Impact Conference

As higher education transitions from print to digital, students, faculty, technology support professionals, and technology providers confront major challenges related to the effective deployment, acceptance, and instructional integration of these new curricular resources.  For example, 74% of campus IT officers participating in the 2012 Campus Computing Survey identified "the instructional integration of information technology" as a very important IT issue for campuses over the next 2-3 years.  Moreover, data from three recent national surveys of presidents, provosts, and senior campus IT officers conducted by Kenneth C. Green of The Campus Computing Project reveal that only a small proportion of all three groups of senior campus officials believe that institutional investments in information technology are "very effective. These survey data, coupled with the steady stream of new technologies being introduced for teaching and learning should be a cause for concern for technology officers and advocates, and also for technology providers.

What will it take to make academic IT "very effective" in higher education? New interoperability standards are available that make the integration of digital technologies, such as textbooks, classroom capture, clickers, study aids, etc. easier to use and more accessible to larger populations of students and faculty.   But how can (should!) campuses scale their adoption for learning impact?  This IMS workshop will explore IT effectiveness in context of both a supporting infrastructure and also as reflection of institutional culture and a commitment to change — a willingness among campus officials to leverage technology as a catalyst for change to enable instructional innovation.  Led by Kenneth C. Green of Campus Computing, this IMS workshop will identify the circumstances, conditions, and effective practices to enable IT to transition from absolutely essential administration to very effective IT innovation.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Presidents, Provosts, CIOs, Directors of Distance Learning, Directors of IT, and other academic leaders committed to reimaging the use of technology as a “game-changer” to enable innovative and effective next generation digital learning practices.
  2. Technology suppliers committed to providing higher education customers with interoperable systems, applications and digital content to effectively and efficiently support and transform education.

 

Workshop Facilitator: Kenneth C. Green, Campus Computing Project

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3
9 am - 3 pm

Creating, Implementing and Delivering Run Anywhere Multiplatform Apps using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability

 

Join us for a one day workshop where we will explore how you can create, implement, and deliver a multiplatform learning application that will run in any LTI compliant Learning Management System, Portal or other Educational Environment. Based on feedback from last year, we will be focusing on creating a MUCH more hands-on workshop than last year.

This workshop will provide an overview of  best practices you should consider when designing your LTI Integration, information on sample implementations where you can find code to make your development quicker, and tools for testing your application.  In addition, we will provide an overview of LTI v2.0, the next generation of LTI and how to plan for your migration from LTI v1.x to LTI v2.x

Who Should Attend?

  • Supplier developers who are interested in learning best practices in developing LTI applications and details about the next wave of innovation with LTI v2.0
  • K-20 Institutional developers who are interested understanding how to gain LTI certification conformance and learning development strategies by examining sample code.

 

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

9am - 3pm

APIP Meeting (For IMS Members)

Delmar
South Tower - Level 3

K-12: Evolving IT and Curriculum to Enable Next Generation Personalized Learning Program Track
Track Sponsor:
Time Session Room

1:30 pm

Implementation & Management of diverse systems to manage IT infrastructure while supporting & delivering curriculum

Joe Griffin, Dir. Technology, Keller ISD and Deana Lopez, Asst. Superintendent Curriculum, Keller ISD
A presentation of the questions to be asked, planning necessary and professional development scheduling to be anticipated with the migration to a digital curriculum. Keller ISD centralizing the entirety of its Digital learning Object Repository and other curriculum systems through a common user-interface. The common dashboard, facilitated through SAFARI Montage, provides common-UI access to resources from social media platforms, diverse content providers (multiple vendors) and access to classroom hardware controls. My Big Campus, SAFARI Montage, Gradespeed and assessment networks are all singularly manageable through the new KISD digital learning platform. We would like to share the story of our efforts and questions to be asked of internal staff, all stakeholders and the multiple vendors expected to cooperate in a multi-technology district. We will also address the obstacles concerning buy-in of all stakeholders and how to involve multiple disciplines (curriculum, IT, help desk and external consultants) in the planning process; resulting in successful design and implementation. The K-12 infrastructure must be approached as an enterprise and KISD has incorporated multiple campuses into a centrally manageable and accountable platform.
Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

2:00 pm

District Technologies: Not Just Platforms, Not Just Infrastructure, Not Just BYOD and Never Only One Vendor

Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology, Forsyth County School District
Forsyth County Schools (GA) is a nationally recognized leader for the Bring Your Own Technology Program (BYOT). BYOT is NOT a hardware initiative; it's a learning initiative. As teachers introduce BYOT, fundamental changes in the learning process occur. The ultimate goal is to accelerate student learning and increase rigor, high order thinking and inquiry through the use of student-owned technology. The presenter will share results of the implementation to date. This will include strategies for managing classrooms when some students do have a computing device while others don't as well as ways to make effective use of the technologies.
Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

2:30 pm

Discussion

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

3:30 pm

Creating an Interactive Digital Classroom


Diane Ashby, Education Business Development, Samsung Electronics America
Samsung’s Smart School Solution creates a truly interactive classroom that combines the latest tablet and e-board technology to empower teachers and engage students. Hear how the Smart School Solution has transformed learning for a sixth grade math class at Geeter Middle School in Memphis in the first U.S. pilot of this new integrated technology platform.
Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

4:00 pm

Personalized Learning Platform: Beyond the Hype
Jon Phillips - Managing Director – Strategy & Solutions, Global Education/State & Local Govt., Dell
Adam Garry - Manager, K12 Strategy, Dell
Despite significant advances in technology for learning, today’s education systems remain largely “one-size-fits-all”, ignoring the individuality of students and forcing them into artificial timelines for learning. But what does Personalized learning really mean? In this presentation, we will go beyond the marketing hype around personalization to discuss true Personalized Learning platforms that enable the creation of personal and social learning spaces to support learner-centered and personalized learning experiences empowering students to direct their own learning. We’ll discuss successful examples and definitions of personalization approaches and how standards of interoperability are critical to the success of personalization for all.

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

4:30 pm

Discussion

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

Exhibits

Marina Ballroom 3
South Tower - Level 3
×
Higher Education: Achieving the IMS Open Digital Innovation Revolution in Higher Education IT Program Track
Time Session Room

1:30 pm

Introduction to THESIS: Technology in Higher Education in Support of Innovation for Student Success
Sandra DeCastro, Vice President, Community Programs, IMS Global Learning Consortium

THESIS is a collaboration among leading colleges and universities worldwide to enable a 10-100x improvement in the adoption of innovative digital technologies by providing a framework to help institutions take the first steps towards an open academic enterprise. Additionally, THESIS provides the support to make procurements and upgrades that advance the adoption of open standards relatively easy and at no additional cost. Learn how your institution can join the THESIS collaboration to break the status quo of closed proprietary systems and to enable faculty and students to work more efficiently and effectively.

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

2:00 pm

Case study – Using LTI to Efficiently Provision Learning Resources for Competency Based Learning
Mark Weathers, CTO and Jim Cullison, Lead Software Developer, Western Governors University
Western Governors University has streamlined the way students access learning resources to make the learning experience more efficient. The Learning Resource Provisioning System was created to transparently move the student from their study plan directly into the course content. In the past this was done behind the scenes using custom developed software drivers. Now this can be accomplished with a single driver using the Basic LTI standard.

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

2:30 pm

Discussion

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

3:30 pm

Systematically Tracking Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies

David Shupe, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, eLumen

Any college or university, or program therein, can have the capacity to know, in real time, where any student or any defined set of students stands relative to any defined set of desired or expected learning outcomes / competencies, both individually and collectively. Restated, it is feasible for a college or university to actively focus on the personal, professional, and intellectual development of each student, times N (however many students are enrolled at the institituion. We will examine this and its implications on outcomes.
Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

4:00 pm

Increasing Access and Success: A National Model for Collaboratively Built Blended Courses

George Mehaffy, AASCU , Tristan Denley, Austin Peay State University, and Bob Bramucci, South Orange Community College
Data and learning analytics are rapidly developing as powerful new tools in higher education. Combining data already collected with student-generated data generates powerful insights for institutions, faculty members, and students about student progress and success. In this session, Bob Bramucci, developer of the SHERPA system at South Orange County, and Tristan Denley, developer of the Degree Compass program at Austin Peay State University, will describe their work with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to design a course-connected data analytics tool capable of being used across multiple campuses.
Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

4:30 pm

Discussion

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

Exhibits

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3
×
Digital Learning Services: Leading IT Towards an Open Enterprise to Enable Innovation Program Track
Time Session Room

1:30 pm

Great User Experiences Through Standards
Devlin Daley, CTO, Instructure
Learning Platforms must integrate with a wide variety of systems and services. Canvas is well known for it's seamless user experience. We'll discuss ways that we've harnessed common standards to facilitate easier and reusable integrations while maintaining focus on great user experiences.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

2:00 pm

Beyond Me-portfolios: embedding personal learning tools in the assessable curriculum
Shane Sutherland, Founder and CEO, Pebble Learning
ePortfolios might more readily be described as Me-portfolios as they are most often seen, and advanced, as a means of promoting personal and/or promotional information about their owner. When used in this context, many and varied tools may be drawn upon to present a digital persona of the individual in question. However, as "eportfolio systems" have evolved so too has the pedagogical understanding of their wider affordances, resulting in many more instances of task-portfolios appearing in the curriculum. Task, or t-portfolios, are typically used to surface either a process of learning or to document learning and experience over time. T-portfolios can be sub-divided into a number of sub-categories including: Process, Project, Placement, Production and Pedagogical. As t-portfolios are normally developed as the result of a curriculum demand it follows that they need to be assessed and credentialed, often calling into play a range of quality assurance requirements and unique system requirements. This presentation will showcase a range of different task portfolios and explore the kinds of interoperability needs that arise from utilising ostensibly personal tools in an institutional context, most notably LTI, but interestingly for both production type t-portfolios and Me-portfolios the use of Common Cartridgetosupporteportfoliotransportability.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

2:30 pm

Discussion

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

3:30 pm

Jenzabar and ConnectEDU – How LTI has evolved a partnership
Rick Tomlinson, Manager, Academic Solutions, Jenzabar and Chris Probst, CoursEval Product Manager, ConnectEDU

The Jenzabar/ConnectEDU partnership began in 2009 with custom interoperability. This session discusses the pains of the custom integration and how LTI has simplified the current and future path of the partnership. The demo will include discussions about embedding the ConnectEDU application within the Jenzabar portal and learning management system, as well as the handling of 3rd party cookies through the LTI integration.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

4:00 pm

Fostering an Open Learning Ecosystem
Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer, and Derek Hamner, CEO

Today’s web technologies provide the transparency and flexibility to create a fully open learning ecosystem. However, we won’t realize this potential if we allow only consumer and LMS app stores to shape the landscape. Instead, we must support initiatives that put learners and institutions in the drivers’ seat. We can do this by continuing to promote:

  • Adoption of learning tools and learning content through standards-based marketplaces
  • Instructor search and consumption of learning content and tools within online course environments
  • Institutional management of learning and content tools
  • Alternative distribution channels for tool and content providers
  • Easy and effective institutional access to actionable data on use of digital resources
We’re collaborating with IMS on its App Store Project to create IMS-compliant apps to solve these challenges. Come learn about these efforts, how your institution can benefit, and what you can do to help.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

4:30 pm

Discussion

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

Exhibits

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3
×
Electronic Assessment: Obtaining Actionable Information to Guide Instruction Program Track
Time Session Room

1:30 pm

What is the difference between an accessibility standard and good accessibility?
Thomas Hoffman, Measured Progress

Adopting a standard like APIP is the first step in making good, accessible assessments. This session will discuss how the standard allows for holding information, but smart people still need to make good decisions to bring accessible assessments to students. The session will also address questions like: What decisions need to be made towards producing accessible content and great delivery systems? How does APIP work alongside other web accessibility standards?

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

2:00 pm

Taking it with You: Technology-Enhanced Items and Portability
Jason Craft, Pearson
Next-generation online assessments need to support complex interactions and responses, and technology-enhanced items are in demand. However, next-generation items also need to be portable -- capable of traveling with fidelity from delivery system to delivery system. To meet these needs, the QTI custom interaction specification has recently been enriched with best practice recommendations for building HTML5 and JavaScript-based custom interactions. These interactions follow some standard patterns for description and configuration, and communicate with delivery systems via a defined interface. In this presentation, we will walk through some of Pearson's early development around these new best practices, and will discuss some additional questions and considerations to keep in mind when planning for portability of technology-enhanced items.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

2:30 pm

Discussion

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

3:30 pm

Utiliting tablets for Assessment
Dale Cornelius,Project Manager, Online Testing and Science,Department of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Systems, Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland recently completed its first study on the use of tablets for assessments. This presentation provides an overview of opportunities and challenges facing schools as they prepare to utilize tablets for Next Generation assessments.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

4:00 pm

When Will the APIP Stars Align?
Cheryl Alcaya, Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education
State K-12 assessment systems are large, cumbersome and resistant to change. The Race to the Top assessment consortia represent an opportunity to introduce innovation, interoperability and increased accessibility in our assessment systems. How do states unaffiliated with a consortium implement APIP and keep up with the many changes coming to large-scale assessment?

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

4:30 pm

Discussion

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

Exhibits

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3
×
Going Digital: The Future of Textbooks, Digital Resources and BYOT Programs Program Track
Track Sponsor: Vitalsource
Time Session Room

1:30 pm

Building Digital Courses with EPUB and LTI
Rick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, VitalSource Technologies
There is a print to digital content shift happening in higher education, and e-textbooks are gaining ground fast - educators and students are demanding enhanced learning experiences. EPUB is transforming e-textbooks from the traditional "book under glass" format into a truly dynamic reading experience including assessments, simulations, and gradebook integration. As you begin to develop rich interactive learning experiences, you should take advantage of the EPUB and LTI standards and the flexibility and benefits these standards offer. In this session, Rick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of Vital Source Technologies, will provide an EPUB and LTI demo that shows you how to re-invent your content to get there easier and faster, while differentiating yourself in the market.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

2:00 pm

Engagement Analytics: Using Data to Lower Costs, Increase Retention, Improve Learning
Bryan Spaulding, SVP of Technology and Business Operations, CourseSmart
Is there a correlation between students' engagement level with digital course materials and improved learning outcomes? CourseSmart seeks to answer this question with the launch of a beta version of the country's first higher education analytics solution announced in November 2012. Through demonstration and discussion of institutional beta programs, the audience will learn about CourseSmart Analytics, a solution designed to provide additional tools to instructors and administrators seeking to improve learning outcomes, aid student retention and graduation rates, and provide university administrators with tools to make better decisions related to large-scale adoption of digital course materials. Central to this discussion will be will be an overview of The CourseSmart Engagement Index, a proprietary algorithm which combines standard eTextbook usage data such as page views, time spent in a book, use of notes and highlights, and weights each based on how much they contribute to the student's engagement with the material. This material is presented in an easy-to-use dashboard, which can help instructors identify “at risk” students and provide them with guidance to help them stay on-track, so they graduate on time and on-budget. Preliminary insights from CourseSmart's beta pilot schools will be shared, as will progress towards widespread deployment in 2013.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

2:30 pm

Discussion

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

3:00 pm

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

3:30 pm

Addressing Accessibility in Your eText Initiative
Steve Scott, Chief Technology Officer - Courseload


As more and more institutions examine alternatives to traditional textbooks, they must also be prepared to ensure that any new technologies remain accessible for users of all abilities. Plan to attend this session for an overview of the challenges and considerations that need to be made when looking at an eText solution for your institution. In addition, you’ll see how Courseload addressed this topic by assembling a board of representatives from advocacy groups, institutions, and disabled student services organizations to assist them in creating the first eText platform with accessible collaboration and identifying future opportunities for a unified learning environment and personalized learning.
Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

4:00 pm

Delivering LTI tools through a Common Cartridge
John Gayle, Technology Solutions Architect, Harvard Business Publishing
Harvard Business Publishing used IMS LTI to provide easy access from an LMS to our content. Data arriving along with the LTI launch allowed us to provision group and individual accounts on our simulation platform. LTI allowed us to trust that the HBP account should be created and parameters gave us the user name and email we require for accounts. We were also able to group users by course, a natural model in LTI, all with no user login to disrupt the workflow.
We used IMS Common Cartridge to package links to content and simplify setup for the LMS Administrators.
Having made our investment in LTI, it has been easy to support different business models. In the past, the integration effort to support a single school with a proprietary LMS might not have justified the investment. Happily LTI has made the effort to support such schools quick and simple.
Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

4:30 pm

Discussion

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

5:00 pm

Exhibits

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3
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K-12: Evolving IT and Curriculum to Enable Next Generation Personalized Learning Program Track
Track Sponsor:
Time Session Room

9:00 am

Supporting Behaviour Units within the Physical Schools with Virtual Education that Works

Nisai Education
Dhruv Patel, Managing Director, Nisai Education Nisai Virtual Academy
Teachers face stress due to behavioral issues both in the UK and the USA. The first port of call is to send the student out of the classroom to stop the disruption. But then learning ends. We have found that by introducing a virtual learning unit with specially trained teachers, schools have the solution. The excluded student logs on and gets real-time learning from a professional. The teacher goes back to teaching without the disruption, and the class regains control. Meanwhile, the virtual teaching often identifies the root cause of the disruption in a way not possible within a physical classroom. Virtual teaching allows a new communication protocol with the disruptive student. Also, the virtual learning is more beneficial to many children with autism and other problems. It is a win-win to use virtual technology in this way within the school. Schools improve attendance, reduce teacher stress and improve outcomes. We call this system a Nisai Learning Zone. With our backend system, we can measure progression against aspirations. With our front end virtual teaching pedagogy, we bring personalised pathways and progression for these students.
Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library for Education Integrates IMS Access For All
Gerardo Capiel, VP of Engineering, Benetech
Bookshare is the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as people without disabilities. In 2007 and 2012, Bookshare received two five-year awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U.S. students with a qualified print disability. The Bookshare library now has over 180,000 books and serves more than 250,000 members.

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

10:00 am

Discussion

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

10:30 am

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:00 am

Solid Data Security Drives Education Transformation in Arizona
Mark Masterson, Chief Information Officer, Arizona Department of Education
Join Mark Masterson, Chief Information Officer of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) as he presents Arizona’s groundbreaking statewide education data driven decision system. Designed to deliver increased teaching and learning outcomes by creating centralized systems with decentralized execution, once complete the integrated data system will enable local education agencies to opt-in to ADE services and the underlying secure, integrated data. Masterson will share the details surrounding the massive undertaking including the steep learning curve, progress to date, valuable lessons learned and the importance of establishing IMS interoperability standards for future success.

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

11:30 am

Implementing EdTech to Enable Adaptive, Effective and Personalized Learning Environments
Join Nathan Koering, Global Ecosystem Development for Education at SMART Technologies
Allen Brooks, teacher, mentor and edtech implementation veteran from San Marcos USD

How can the decisions not just about what you implement, but how you implement effect the success of a learning environment? How can the ecosystem you connect to for support, professional development, pedagogy, and community build sustainable learning environments in an evolving educational world? This discussion will focus on the implementations of tools, support and professional development. It will focus on how you can enable your classrooms to be houses of innovation and learning.

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3

12:00 pm

Discussion

Balboa & Mission Hills
South Tower - Level 3
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Higher Education: Achieving the IMS Open Digital Innovation Revolution in Higher Education IT Program Track
Time Session Room

9:00 am

Systemic Approach to Blended and Online Learning
Trina Trimm Angelone, Founder and COO, VSCHOOLZ, Inc.
Technology training is not enough for administration, staff and faculty who are new to or transitioning into the online learning environment. Training is a necessity in the areas of building and using digital content, instructional design, and communication and collaboration tools used in this digital age. Online education is expanding at an expeditious rate. Whether an institution is transitioning to a blended learning environment, starting an online program, or looking for ways to improve learning outcomes in their present online environment, the instructor is the primary factor leading to student success. Trimm will discuss and present on how she has successfully provided training to education students, faculty and administrators in a digital learning environment at both K-12 and collegiate levels. She will discuss the recently implemented Virtual Teacher Academy program where instructors at different levels are able to earn college credit and their CEU’s Trmm’s focus is to delve into what kinds of training is needed to teach in an online learning environment; how faculty can provide different tiers of professional development; and how it can be ensured that faculty have acquired skills that will enable them to effectively teach online..

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

LoudCloud: The Next Generation Intelligent Learning Platform Powered by Behavioral Analytics

Carolyn Wiberg, Evangelist & Dean Khialani, Director Products, LoudCloud Systems
Reimagine the 21st century learning platform as one that was built from the ground up with a fiber of analytics running throughout. That's LoudCloud. We're founded on the principal that teaching and learning behavior can be captured and analyzed across the instructional process. This behavior can then be harnessed to improve instructional effectiveness. Whether you're face-to-face or online, the LoudCloud platform fosters better learning behavior designed around four key areas of innovation, all intended to promote better learning outcomes.

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

10:00 am

Open Discussion

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

10:30 am

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:00 am

Disruptive Data: How Educational Analytics Will Transform Teaching, Learning and Organizational Performance
Sean Devine, CEO, CourseSmart
Nearly every day we hear accounts of America's competitiveness crisis, or our innovation shortfall. According to whitehouse.gov, in higher education the U.S. has been outpaced internationally: we rank ninth in the world in the proportion of young adults enrolled in college, we've fallen to 16th in the world in the share of degrees awarded to adults 25-34, and we suffer from a college attainment gap. Analytics represents the intersection of technology and education innovation, and it holds great promise as a means to transform teaching, learning and institutional accountability, all of which are vital to help us regain our competitive edge. No wonder ECAR cites educational analytics as “the most dramatic factor shaping the future of Higher Education. Through demonstration, explanation and specific use cases, the audience will learn how CourseSmart Analytics, the industry's first analytics solution for Higher Education, is being beta tested in a variety of for-profit and traditional schools. Trends, data and anecdotal evidence will validate how analytics can control costs, increase retention and improve learning outcomes for the benefit of students, instructors, institutions and publishers, as well as the global education community.

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

11:30 am

Powering-Up Your Digital Learning Environment
Brian Sylvester, Executive Marketing Manager and Tim Peyton, Sr. Director of Marketing, McGraw-Hill Education
Digital content and innovative technologies have been shown to make education more engaging and effective. The successful implementation of these new digital tools is central to unlocking their potential to improve teaching and learning. Integration of digital content and learning tools into an institution’s existing digital learning environment (LMS) presents numerous benefits for the institution, instructors, and students. In this session we’ll explore how McGraw-Hill Education’s MH Campus service delivers seamless LMS integration that enables easy access to valuable and cutting-edge learning materials, paving the way for more effective and efficient teaching and learning.
Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

12:00 pm

Disruptive Learning Models Discussion

Marina Ballroom F
South Tower - Level 3

12:30 pm

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4
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Digital Learning Services: Leading IT Towards an Open Enterprise to Enable Innovation Program Track
Time Session Room

9:00 am

Connecting the Classroom


Phill Miller, Moodlerooms
Learn how Blackboard is connecting the classroom with Moodlerooms Joule (LIS), Moodle (LTI), Learn (LTI and LIS), Collaborate (LTI), xplor (LTI), as well as our continued support of CC, and philosophy of openness.
Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

Next-Generation Analytics Architecture
Al Essa, Desire2Learn
Big Data and Analytics is experiencing explosive growth in every industry, including education. The talk will survey and demonstrate promising next-generation Analytics technologies, methodologies, and architecture from the point of view of scalability and affordability. Particular emphasis will be given to Analytics on the Cloud, Advanced Visualizations, and Interactive Data Exploration of large datasets.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

10:00 am

Discussion

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

10:30 am

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:00 am

LMS Independent Courseware & Small Data
Andy Hall, Vice President of Technology & Bill Zobrist, Director, Online & Emerging Product Strategy Both of Pearson Learning Solutions

Pearson has built responsive design-based courseware with an assessment component that captures and displays "small data" for the learner and the instructor. The responsive designed courseware also enables slick mobile learning experience for the learner. The incorporation of a self-assessment generates learning data that assists the learner with their mastery of content. Both the learner and the instructor can utilize the data to better understand learning progress. LTI plays a key role in making our content and "small data" LMS independent.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

11:30 am

Interoperability in the Real World: A K12 Story
Douglas Gastich, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Learning.com

As the promise of interoperability is realized, what opportunities for innovation emerge? We'll look at how Learning.com has approached key integrations and used standards such as LTI to help teachers make sense of the 'move to digital'. In particular, we'll see how Learning.com and the state of Indiana joined forces on an LTI integration to provide instructional materials options for all Indiana K12 educators.

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

12:00 pm

Discussion

Carlsbad & Cardiff
South Tower - Level 3

12:30 pm

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4
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Electronic Assessment: Obtaining Actionable Information to Guide Instruction Program Track
Time Session Room

9:00 am

How Assessment Results Influence Instruction
Devin Loftis,Director of Engineering, McGraw-Hill CTB
This presentation will show how McGraw-Hill CTB is looking to use standards based assessment results to guide instructional activities for our students. The key principle supporting this ability is instructional and assessment content aligned to standards with appropriate meta-data tagging. Additionally, the content must be present in an way that independent systems may invoke / reference content in an interoperable / standards based manner.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

WIDA Consortium:Technology-enhanced assessments for English language learners
Carsten Wilmes Ph.D.,Director, Assessment, WIDA Consortium
Since its inception 10 years ago, the 31-state WIDA consortium has supported the needs of English language learners through standards, research, professional development and assessments. This presentation highlights WIDA's work on the ASSETS project to use technology to enhance and augment the existing assessment system.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

10:00 am

Discussion

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

10:30 am

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:00 am

QTI 2.1 in Use
Wilbert Kraan, Assistant Director, JISC-CETIS
See demos of UniQurate and QTIWorks,and learn the role of LTI in enabling the use of QTIWorks from within an LMS, and the detailed analytics data that QTIWorks can provide of an interaction.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

11:30 am

Converting Legacy Items Using QTI 2.1 while Supporting Development of Technology Enhanced Items
Justin Marks, Sr. Product Manager for the Standards and Content Integration Platform, NWEA
NWEA has been using QTI 2.0 for several years in one of its products and is currently adopting QTI 2.1 companywide. We are in the process of using QTI 2.1 to transmit assessment questions from legacy systems and external item vendors (both classic and technology enhanced items) to NWEA’s new content management platform and NWEA’s assessment platform. As we moved through this process, there have been challenges and successes. We will be discussing how we handled issues such as: converting legacy item types that will and will not fit the QTI 2.1 spec, importing QTI 2.1 items from external vendors, and the displaying, editing, and publishing of QTI 2.1 items.

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

12:00 pm

Discussion

Del Mar
South Tower - Level 3

12:30 pm

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4
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Going Digital: The Future of Textbooks, Digital Resources and BYOT Programs Program Track
Track Sponsor: Vitalsource
Time Session Room

9:00 am

Content Strategy – The Integrated Approach to Enrich Your Content
John Prabhu,VP Solutions Architect,SPi Global
The Publishing Industry has evolved with various models and standards: Common Cartridge for Course Cartridge, QTI for Assessments, EPUB for eBook, and HTML5 for interoperability. SPi Global is working with Publishers and Aggregators implementing a unified content architecture and best practices thereby eTextbook, Courses, Assessments, eBook and Interactive materials are dynamically and seamlessly provided to individual learners. Attendees to this session will learn how to structure and maximize the value of content using these standards to enable an integrated approach.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

9:30 am

Integrating Digital Creation, Curation, and Learning Through Web 2.0 ePortfolios
Regan Caruthers, Vice President of Sales, Pathbrite
Rather than passively receiving information in class, students are using Web 2.0 ePortfolios to become both content creators and curators while building relationships with peers in an online environment. In an initial pilot study at the University of Texas at Tyler, students in two disciplines, Teacher Education and Human Resource Development, used the ePortfolio platform Pathbrite (pathbrite.com) as a means to construct meaningful content in addition to reflecting upon and sharing evidence of their learning with their instructor and colleagues. Pathbrite allowed students to connect their ePortfolio with other social media technologies while making connections to real-world experiences. By providing students a forum for reflection and discussion, social presence was strengthened which is part of Garrison, Anderson and Archer’s (2000) Community of Inquiry (COI) Framework. The purpose of the research was to explore perceptions of students towards their use of ePortfolios in order to have a better understanding of how experiential and evidence-based learning can be incorporated into teaching. This session will provide participants with an ePortfolio demonstration using the Pathbrite platform. Project stories, lesson plans, and artifacts from across both disciplines will be shared. Furthermore, participants will be given time to ask questions and discuss the uses of electronic portfolios.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

10:00 am

Discussion

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

10:30 am

Break

Marina Ballroom G
South Tower - Level 3

11:00 am

Hitchhikers Guide to the Mobile Universe: An Educator's Journey
Dr. Rick Lumadue, Dr. Keith Sisson, Dr. Rusty Waller, Texas A & M Commerce
This presentation will focus on the effective use of Mobile Apps for teaching and learning in educational contexts. Hands on demonstrations of some of the most innovative uses of these educational Apps will be presented. A demonstration of integrating an iTunes U developed course will be highlighted. This will be an interactive session to allow for questions and feedback.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

11:30 am

Personalized Learning Experiences
Dan Silverberg, SVP, Marketing, Cengage Learning
Learn how Cengage creates personalized pearning experiences through technology by engaging students to produce better outcomes.

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

12:00 pm

Discussion

Palomar
South Tower - Level 3

12:30 pm

Lunch

Coronado Terrace
South Tower - Level 4
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