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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, May 13-16 in San Diego, California.
Learning Impact is the only place you will find senior executives from colleges, universities, school districts, and technology suppliers not only talking about change...but making change happen to usher in a new educational technology era.
This year’s conference features the work of over 200 institutional (K-20) and supplier members of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the key technologies involved in creating the revolution, including:
|Rob Abel, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium Biography
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.
Travis Allen is a young visionary for digital learning in the classroom.
Before graduating high school, Allen created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America's education through mobile learning. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University (KSU) where he operates his growing non-profit organization, iSchool Initiative.
With the support of his team, Allen has presented in over 25 states & 3 continents allowing him to reach an audience of over 200,000 people. He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post, and Forbes; in addition, he is the winner of the 2012 Google Young Minds competition and was recently invited to the White House for the Education Datapalooza Event.
Allen is quickly becoming one of the top leaders in the emerging digital learning movement.
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Education Biography
Scott Jaschik, editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.
Steve Klingler, Vice President of Student Experience, Western Governors University Biography
Steve Klingler is the Vice President of Student Experience at Western Governors University where his involvement includes re-envisioning the student portal to provide a more personalized learning experience, establishing a student success-oriented business model with publishers and courseware providers, and collaborating with academic and executive leadership to advance the WGU mission. Prior to WGU, Steve has more than twenty years of leadership experience in technology innovation, business consulting, and consumer marketing. He has BS degrees in Finance, Marketing, and Retail Management, an Executive MBA, and is a CMA.
George Siemens, Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Research Institute, Athabasca University Biography
George Siemens is an educator and researcher on learning, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is the Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University, leading the learning analytics research team, and a faculty member with the Centre for Distance Education. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 30 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous national and international awards, including an honorary doctorate from Universidad de San Martin de Porres for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs) in 2008 that have included almost 20,000 participants.
| Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, University of Oregon, Zhaolearning Biography
Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.
Program tracks of Learning Impact focus on the key shifts, challenges, and opportunities as institutions, governments, and corporations around the globe seek better educational experiences. Each Track will include presentations by a mix of executives and educators from leading higher education institutions, learning technology product and service providers, K-12 school districts, and government agencies from around the world who are committed to effectively and efficiently using technology to transform education.
The Learning Impact 2013 Program Track topics are:
|Mark Armstrong, Vice-President, Higher Education Product Development, Oracle Biography
Mark Armstrong is Vice-President for Oracle Higher Ed Product Development, the division that develops and supports solutions that are specific to the Higher Education vertical market. Those products include Student Administration for higher education (Campus Solutions), Alumni Development and integration platforms for Learning Management, Master Data management and various technology products. With nearly one thousand application customers world-wide, he spends significant time engaged with this global customer base to understand their immediate needs, and how those needs inform the roadmap through longer-term challenges facing the industry.
John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn Biography
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.
Tim Beekman, President and Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage Biography
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.
Jay Bhatt, CEO, Blackboard Biography
TJay Bhatt is president, chief executive officer and a board member of Blackboard Inc., a global leader in technology and services that help to make education more immediate, direct, and personalized for learners everywhere. Jay has a deep background building and growing software and technology companies, spanning early stage privately held businesses to more mature public corporations. Jay is also a former teacher with a passion for Blackboard’s mission of “everyone educated.”
Jay previously served as President and CEO of Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS). Prior to his role at Progress, Jay was senior vice president of the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) solutions division at Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK). In this role he oversaw software development, marketing, product management, product design, business development, finance and human resources. Earlier in his tenure Jay led Autodesk’s corporate development, business development and strategy operations.
|Josh Coates, CEO, Instructure Biography
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 (Mozy.com) 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.
|Sean Devine, CEO, CourseSmart Biography
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 ibooks.com, Books24x7.com., 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.
|Martin Dougiamas,Founder, Moodle Biography
Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, the popular free course management system used by millions of teachers around the world. As the executive director of Moodle Pty Ltd in Perth, Western Australia, he leads the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project and the global network of 54 Moodle Partner service companies that help provide funding for this independent open source software project.
Martin has a mixed academic background with post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education, and continues to focus on researching how educators approach internet-based education. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
Jen Ullrich Eveslage,Vice President, Intellectual Property, Follett Biography
Jen Ullrich Eveslage, Vice President, Intellectual Property, joined Follett in April 2010. She came to the education community with a 20 year background in strategic development of digital products and media, and from a family full of teachers and administrators with a passion for improving the state of education. Jen and her team have been working with campus administrators, technologists and academics to develop and implement course materials strategies and programs that fulfill campus goals. Those goals included affordability of course materials, enhancing student outcomes, and the engagement and retention of students.
Gaye Fedorchak,Principal Consultant for Accessibility, ACT Biography
Gaye Fedorchak joined ACT Test Development as the Principal Consultant for Accessibility in the fall of 2012 to focus on developing integrated accessibility solutions, working with program staff, content developers, and end users to ensure evidence centered design practices effectively address accessibility at all stages of test development and delivery from design conception through final reporting.
Prior to joining the team at ACT, Gaye served as State Director of Alternate Assessments and Accessibility Services for the New Hampshire State Department of Education (NHDOE). There she focused upon dramatically raising performance expectations for students with disabilities, while supporting both students and their teachers. Her work at the NHDOE included development of a new kind of access-based learning progressions assessment system for students with disabilities. In 2012, this innovative video-based assessment system earned the full approval of the federal USDE. As the Race to the Top and the Common Core emerged, Gaye also became, on behalf of NH, a governing state member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and an active member of the SBAC Accessibility and Item Authoring Workgroups. In this role, she authored the concept of “Access by Design” that was later adopted by the full consortium in their funding proposal and architectural plan.
William Graves, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategy, Ellucian Biography
Dr. William H. Graves, is Senior Vice President of Academic Strategy, for Ellucian. He is also a member of the board of governors of Antioch University and a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) where, after earning a mathematics Ph.D. from Indiana University, he served as dean for general education, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, senior information technology officer, and founder and director of the Institute for Academic Technology (a UNC/IBM alliance).
Thomas Hoffman, Senior Development Leader, Measured Progress Biography
After working as a designer for Houghton Mifflin School Division and Boston College projects like TIMSS and inTASC, Tom co-founded Nimble Assessment Systems with their ground-breaking and award-winning product NimbleTools®, an assessment delivery system that provides access for students of all needs. He has been an active participant in the formation of the APIP standard since its conception. Tom currently works in the Measured Progress Innovation Lab as the Senior Development Leader.
Rick Johnson, Chief Technical Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. Biography
Rick Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer, and one of the founders of VitalSource Technologies, Inc. VitalSource, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. As CTO, Rick manages the strategic direction of the fast growing platform, guiding the architecture, and implementation of its clients and systems.
Rick's career has been focused on bringing together his three passions: technology, publishing, and education. He is a frequent speaker on electronic textbooks, their integration into an institutional environment, and how the accessibility needs of individual students can best be accommodated thru such delivery. He served on the working groups responsible for version 2 and version 3 of the EPUB standard, is on the executive committee for the IMS Global Learning Consortium, and is the co-inventor of 3 international patents dealing with electronic books and their distribution.
Prior to Ingram and VitalSource, Rick spent more than 12 years with Apple Computer, Inc. As a Senior National Consulting Engineer for them he was instrumental in the implementation of complex solutions for many higher education and corporate customers, and received numerous national and international awards.
A graduate of the communication and business departments of Biola University in 1984, Rick has lived in the Phoenix area with his family since they moved from Southern California in 1991. Married to his wife Susie for almost 30 years, together they have raised two children, and are very active in their church and community. Rick serves on the board of directors for several non-profit ministries.
|Manoj Kutty, CEO and Founder, LoudCloud Systems Biography
Manoj Kutty is the CEO and Founder of LoudCloud Systems. He started his career in 1993 with the Tata Group (a $100B Indian conglomerate) and rose to become one of its youngest Presidents. In 2000, he established Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) in N. America and over the next decade helped build one of the world’s largest custom e-learning service providers. In 2010, he setup LoudCloud based on his belief that a reimagined teaching and learning platform underpinned by behavioral analytics will improve student and teacher outcomes. Manoj holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA. He lives with his family in Dallas, TX.
Matthew Leavy, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson eCollege Biography
Matt managed Pearson’s acquisition of eCollege in 2007 and came on board to direct the company’s mission to increase access to education and improve the quality of education through technology. Prior to joining Pearson eCollege, Matt served as Executive Vice President for Pearson Education, where he was responsible for developing Pearson’s education technology strategy worldwide. He was also responsible for mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnering activities, as well as numerous internal strategic and operating projects for Pearson Education. In addition, Matt served as President and CEO of Pearson Education’s Latin America Division, where he directed and helped to transform this region’s education business operations. He is an avid cyclist. Education BS in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
|Mickey Levitan, CEO, Courseload Biography
Mickey Levitan oversees all aspects of Courseload’s effort to transform the way course materials are delivered and used, spearheading business development efforts and developing a talented team that is committed both to providing a service that customers love and creating a company that people want to join.
Mickey received his Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from Dartmouth College. He attended Stanford University and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, an MA from the Stanford Food Research Institute and was selected by his MBA classmates as the Arbuckle Award winner for outstanding contribution. He has worked for Cummins, Apple, and Emmis Communications and has served on numerous business and non-profit boards. In addition to speaking a wee bit of English, Mickey is fluent in four other languages: French, Thai, Bengali, and Wolof. His early career was spent working for the Peace Corps and Save the Children.
|Dirk Mattson, Ph.D. Executive Director, K-12 Multistate Assessments, ETS Biography
Dr. Dirk Mattson, ETS Executive Director, K-12 Multistate Assessments, joined ETS in 2011 to work on projects related to the Race to the Top Assessment Consortia as well as other state efforts, including those related to transitions of state assessment systems and Common Core State Standards. Previously, Dr. Mattson worked for eight years at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). From 2006-2011, he was the MDE’s Director of Research & Assessment, providing psychometric, policy, and management-level leadership for Minnesota’s statewide assessment program. He was responsible for supervising the development and administration the tests, implementing state policies, and supervising the creation of valid and reliable measurements of student achievement and system accountability. While at the MDE, he served in several national initiatives such as the development of the Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs and as the Principle Investigator in the state-led Enhanced Assessment Grant to develop the Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP). From 2003-2006, he was the MDE’s manager of Test Development, overseeing item development and test construction for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Series II. He has also worked as a public school curriculum coordinator, special programs coordinator, and classroom teacher. Dr. Mattson is affiliated with the American Educational Research Association and National Association of Test Directors. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Arizona State University, his M.S. in English Education from Minnesota State University, and his B.A. in Secondary Education (English & Social Studies) from Concordia College in St. Paul, MN.
|George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Biography
George Mehaffy serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). His division is responsible for a number of special programs and projects for AASCU presidents and chief academic officers in the areas of leadership and organizational change in higher education, focusing on issues such as technology, teacher education, international education, and civic engagement. In 2003, he launched a new civic engagement initiative, the American Democracy Project (ADP), a partnership with The New York Times and 230 AASCU colleges and universities, representing more than 1.8 million students. Prior to coming to AASCU, Mehaffy served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University and as the Director of the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. A former captain in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, in l994 he was the recipient of the Vice President’s Award for Reinventing Government, which recognized his work in creating an innovative program in San Diego to combine active duty and reserve units, resulting in significantly greater effectiveness and efficiency. That program was subsequently adopted throughout the United States, and has been emulated in other countries as well.
|Robbie Melton, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technologies, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Biography
Dr. Melton serves as the chief system level administrator to oversee the system’s mission and initiatives for the Strategic Mobilization Planning and Business Models, Mobilization Quality Assurances, Faculty and Student Use of Mobile Devices related to teaching, learning, training, and workforce development, and the coordination of research, product testing, pilots and security safety networks. She has published and presented around the nation the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “Appologist”, due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000+ Apps that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from PreK to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and life-long-learning; according to one’s mobile device of choice). Dr. Melton curerntly serves on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, WCET Executive Board, Tennessee MERLOT Project Director, IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, and Co-Chair Global Educational Center.
|Felice Nudelman, Chancellor, Antioch University Biography
Antioch University welcomed Felice Nudelman as the new Chancellor on July 1, 2012. She has spent the majority of her career in education, both on college campuses and for the past 12 years with the New York Times Company, where she most recently served as executive director of education. In this capacity, Ms. Nudelman was responsible for developing and overseeing education initiatives, including The New York Times Knowledge Network.
|Mike Sharkey, Director of Academic Analytics.Apollo Group Biography
Mike Sharkey is the Director of Academic Analytics for the Apollo Group. Mike has been with the Apollo Group (and its flagship institution, the University of Phoenix) since 2002. He has served in a variety of roles all focusing on academic data, tools and technologies. His current role involves utilizing data analysis and predictive analytics in order to help improve student outcomes. Mike is also a part-time instructor at the university teaching courses in technical communications and business.
Prior to joining the Apollo Group, Mike was a manager for Deloitte Consulting in their high-tech manufacturing practice. He worked on strategy and technology projects for clients including DirecTV, Ingersoll-Rand, SGI, Kaiser Permanente, and 3Com. Other experiences include leadership roles at two software start-up companies and programming at an enterprise applications firm.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Lafayette College and an MBA from the University of Arizona. Mike has recently presented at Educause, ELI, AEI, Sloan, and the Learning Analytics & Knowledge conference covering various topics in academic technology.
David Schiffman, Director of Strategy & Global Education Alliances, Enterprise Business Team, Samsung Electronics Biography
David Schiffman is charged with developing solutions at Samsung that address the challenges faced by educational institutions to improve learning outcomes. In his role, he collaborates with leaders within institutions, industry organizations, publishers, and technology providers to define current and emerging opportunities for Samsung and its business partners.
Previously, Schiffman was Director of Digital Publishing at Yale University Press where he launched both scholarly and educational digital products and established online distribution partnerships. Schiffman initially came to Yale to develop its online dissemination strategy and partner with the World Economic Forum to launch its Global Agenda Council on Education. Before Yale, Schiffman led social media new ventures in AOL’s messaging business, and ran business development for an Inc 500 IT services firm and for Sybase’s $250MM financial services industry unit. Prior to Sybase, Schiffman worked in Silicon Valley developing corporate and product strategy for high tech companies. Schiffman holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.
|Dan Silverberg, Senior Vice President, Cengage Learning Biography
Dan is a senior vice president at Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company serving the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Dan works daily with educators and institutions to ensure Cengage Learning’s products and services foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it.
Prior to joining Cengage Learning, Dan was a senior executive at SPSS, Inc. where he led global operations in the public sector (Academic and Government) for product development, marketing and sales. Before SPSS, Dan held numerous leadership positions with McGraw-Hill and Thomson Learning, planning and executing worldwide go-to-market strategies in the education space.
|John P. Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Emerging Technologies, SPi Global Biography
John Wheeler is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in publishing and expertise in the development and deployment of ePublishing, eLearning, and Multimedia solutions, bringing a unique perspective to the discussion having worked on both sides of the business. As SVP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies, he works closely with SPi Global’s operations team in developing technology-enabled solutions that offer higher-value services and position the company as a strategic partner to its clients. Prior to joining SPi Global, John was with Elsevier for more than six years as Director, Multimedia Production where he was responsible for the production of all electronic products supporting Elsevier’s global publications.