LILI 2018 General Sessions

Learning Impact Leadership Institute 2018


Listen to and see the recognized education and technology leaders who inspired attendees of the 2018 Learning Impact Leadership Institute by sharing their experience and ideas on how we can create the future edtech ecoystem—together.


Opening General Session

Get Ready! Cause Here We Come!

In this opening talk Rob Abel, CEO of 1EdTech Consortium, reflects on the major advances that the 1EdTech community has led over the past year, and how 1EdTech plans to accelerate progress in the year to come.

Opening Session Lightning Talks

Getting to the Future EdTech Ecosystem Faster through Collaboration and Leadership

Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO, and President of Blackboard, and Jack Suess, Vice President of IT and CIO for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discuss the role Blackboard intends to play in creating a more open edtech ecosystem to support the diverse needs of institutions like UMBC and share the results of a joint project based on 1EdTech Caliper Analytics to identify patterns in effective student behavior to inform appropriate outreach to help students succeed.


Beatriz Arnillas, Senior Education Advisor for itslearning, shares how she came at interoperability from an academic perspective, what she sees happening in districts in her current role, and her views about what is required of all stakeholders to create an open ecosystem.

Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management at Google and a co-founder of Google Docs and Google Drive shares examples of how Google has been collaborating with partners and schools.


Panel Discussions

Working Across Boundaries

Changing World of Work and Its Impact on Education

This panel is moderated by Ryan Davis, the President and CEO of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a non-profit policy institute catalyzing transformative change in education, economic, and workforce development through research and action. Panelists include:
  • Derrick Edwards, President and Chief Data Scientist for AGS Data Systems
  • Sean Gallagher, Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, Executive Professor of Educational Policy, and author of the book, The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring
  • Diana Oblinger, President Emeritus of EDUCAUSE
  • Donna Walker, Director of IBM’s Training & Skills Initiative

Bridging the Digital Gap between K-12 and Higher Ed

This panel discusses how K-12 is transitioning from a traditional classroom to an “un-classroom” where every student is immersed in a personalized digital curriculum. But are students ready to succeed when they arrive on college campuses? And are college campuses ready to meet students’ digital expectations? Facilitating this discussion is Joseph South, Chief Learning Officer for ISTE, who previously served as the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Panelists include:
  • Lloyd Brown, Executive Director of IT at Baltimore County Public Schools (the 25 largest school district in the US)
  • Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer at Learning Objects
  • Wendy Oliver, Senior Learning Architect Officer at ASU Prep Digital—a college prep option where online high school and university courses converge 
  • Jack Suess, VP of IT and CIO, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the chair for both the 1EdTech Board of Directors and the EDUCAUSE Board

How Startup and Educational Institutions are Partnering to Enable a Plug-and-Play Ecosystem

This discusses how startups and educational institutions are partnering to enable a plug-and-play ecosystem. The moderator is Jason Palmer, General Partner for New Markets Venture Partners, who brings 20 years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive, and investor focused on fund strategy and supporting portfolio companies. Panelists include: 
  • MJ Bishop, Director for the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
  • Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly
  • Karl Rectanus, the co-founder and CEO of Lea(R)n
  • Jenna Shaw, Instructional Technology Specialist for Baltimore City Public School's Office of Special Education

Lightning Talk

Empower the Students of Today to Create the World of Tomorrow

Lydia Smyers, General Manager for U.S. Education Windows & Devices at Microsoft, and Mike Cicchetti, Director, Technology Services & Innovation at Volusia County Schools, share how they are collaborating to unlock limitless learning. 

Lightning Talk

What AI and Robotics Could Mean for Education and our Professions

Diana Oblinger, President Emeritus for EDUCAUSE and previously with the  University of North Carolina System, IBM, and Microsoft, share her views on how AI and robotics are shaping how we share knowledge, experience and expertise, and explains its implications for our professions and higher education. 

Closing Panel

Pushing the Envelope: Where Do We Want to be a Year from Now?

Mark Leuba, 1EdTech's Vice President for Product Management, facilitates a discussion with several members of the 1EdTech Board of Directors, who share their perspectives on the work that lies ahead for the 1EdTech community to continue making progress towards enabling an open ecosystem. Panelists include:
  • Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer, D2L
  • Tim Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage
  • Rick Johnson, Vice President, Product Strategy, Ingram/VitalSource
  • Melissa Loble, Vice President, Platform and Professional Services, Instructure
  • Holly Sagues, Executive Director, Governmental Affairs and Strategic Solutions, Florida Virtual School

Closing Plenary and Call to Action

Building the Education Ecosystem at the Speed of Now

In this closing plenary session Rob Abel, CEO, 1EdTech Consortium, gives his real-time perspective on the happenings at this year’s conference and what to expect in the year ahead.