Higher Education Path

Colleges and universities play a huge role in shaping the edtech landscape, from training future educators and innovators to providing research on trends, best practices, and educational policy. If you’re involved in the higher ed space, these sessions are not to be missed!

*Please note that some times do overlap. It is up to you as a participant to choose what session you prefer.

Big Data at Community Colleges & Universities: Supporting Student Success and Higher Completion Rates

Moderator: Vijay Kumar, MIT, Associate Dean & Senior Strategic Advisor for Digital Learning, MIT
Gerardo DeLos Santos, Senior Fellow,  Civitas Learning; Michael Harris, Assistant Professor, Bunker Hill Community College, Eileen Smith, VP of Marketing & Communications, Jenzabar

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Community colleges, colleges and universities are looking for ways to support students completing degrees. Leaders would like students to be able to support themselves via online systems, while still providing direct human advising and intervention resources for the students who most need these services. The data they need to construct intervention points is often in many systems.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore how colleges can use big data to support student success
  • Examine what steps college leaders are taking to make use of the data
  • Evaluate how college software providers are using big data
  • Outline steps to move your higher ed institution forward
Bottom Up or Top Down? Edtech in Colleges and Universities

Moderator: Adam J. Newman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Tyton Partners
 Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director of Product Management & Design Global Product, Pearson Alan Wolf, Managing Director of Academic Technology Services

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Faculty in many universities determine the content and modality of their courses. How do faculty and departmental leaders discover and discern which digital resources work for their courses and students?  Do they rely on peer referrals or university technology groups? When they develop new courses, do they hire external instructional designers? How do they standardize on platforms by department? If they want to make decisions based on student data, how do they proceed? These are the burning questions that faculty and administrators are exploring.  

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine how several universities are curating and offering instructional software and platforms  to faculty
  • Identify how large universities decide which software will be bought centrally and which is the responsibility of a department or faculty member
  • Review how universities launch major tech-based instructional initiatives
The Changing Landscape of MOOCs in Higher Ed

Moderator: Paul LeBlanc, President, South New Hampshire University

Panelists: Nina Huntemann, Chief Academic Officer, edX; Chris Gabrieli, Chair, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education; Debbie Cavalier, Senior VP Online Learning and Continuing Education, Berklee College of Music

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Although the hectic news coverage of MOOCs has slowed, MOOC providers continue to grow dramatically. EdX, Udacity and Coursera lead the way with more than 30 million global learners combined, millions in revenue. The conversation has shifted from MOOC completion rates to partnerships with corpooocrations looking to use MOOCs as part of training programs, from full bachelor’s programs on MOOCs to micro credentials and use of MOOCs in blended learning at major universities, and from access to “inverted admissions processes” in which students who prove they can do the work are admitted to credentialed programs.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore how MOOCs have been adopted by corporate trainers
  • Review how MOOCs are being adopted by universities for campus blended learning, as well as for online programs
  • Examine freemium models, as well as revenue models for credentialing, and value added offerings such as professor interaction, student interaction and alumni status and micro-masters programs
MIT: Edtech and The Evolution of Degree Programs, Learning Methods and Learning

Speaker: Vijay Kumar, Associate Dean and Senior Strategic Advisor for Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT has long been a leader in education innovation. Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, (and his team) will report on the progress MIT has experienced with MOOC-based degree programs, training faculty to use the available digital tools, sponsoring new learning methods, and developing new blended programs for residential students.  

In this session, participants will:

  • Absorb the range of approaches that MIT is taking in both higher ed and K-12, including problem-focused and curiosity-driven learning
  • Examine the current promising results and challenges
  • Review funding
Edtech and The International Student Opportunity

Moderator: Willis G. Wang, Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs and Deputy General Counsel, Boston University
Jackson Boyar, Co-founder & CEO, Shearwater; Mohannad Arbaji, Founder & CEO, ChalkTalk; Sharon Butler, VP of Global Sales, Flywire

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Colleges and universities are seeking international students to grow campus global connections and to  augment their revenue streams. Many successful ed companies have been founded to support this strategy, including filling international students needs for banking, telecommunications, and English Language Learning. Colleges also sought help identifying students.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify what key needs now exist in this field
  • Examine how entrepreneurs have approached building businesses in this area
  • Explore the key concerns of college as they grow international student populations
Hacking Your Education with Credentials: Is It Real?

Moderator: Michael Horn, Co-founder & Distinguished Fellow, Christensen Institute

Panelists: Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass,  Liz Simon, General Counsel, General Assembly, Stephanie Krauss, Senior Policy Fellow, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Industries such as information technology, healthcare and manufacturing rely on meaningful micro-credentials to indicate levels of knowledge. Yet, the transfer credit problem indicates that standards are not agreed upon for many areas of study and knowledge within the post-secondary curriculum.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine the efforts of Lumina Foundation and others  to create core competency standards at the college level
  • Review existing micro-credentials that do not require a BA in several industries
  • Examine collaborations between institutions of higher ed and “boot camps” to create meaningful credentials…are these mostly alternatives to conventional masters degrees?
How Will Teacher Preparation Create Educators for the Digital World

Moderator: Arthur Levine, President of Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Panelists: Lydia Young, Director, Northeastern University Masters Programs in Education; Scott McCue, Dean, MATCH Education Sposato Graduate School of Education

The Project Tomorrow SpeakUp surveys indicate that in 86% of classrooms, instructional materials are more than 25% digital. Gates Foundation Teachers Know Best surveys indicate 93% regularly use digital materials. Yet, relatively few teachers indicate they received formal training in how to integrate technology.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine what is the state of the art in training teachers in the information age
  • Receive an overview of efforts to incorporate tech in pre-service teacher education
  • Identify the challenges faced by schools of education and how they are facing them
  • Examine the most promising new approaches to educating the teachers of tomorrow
Scaling Up Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities in Higher Ed

Moderator: Jake Murray, Faculty Director for Professional Education, Boston University School of Education

Panelists: Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder & CEO, College for Social Innovation; Dana Stephenson, Co-Founder & Chief Connecting Officer, Riipen; Chris Mallett, VP of Online Experiential Learning, Northeastern University

Many institutions wish to offer more internships and experiential learning opportunities to students.  Managing the creation of opportunities and monitoring effectiveness – if they are for credit – is a challenge.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss the development of experiential learning in higher ed
  • Identify how alumni networks are used
  • Explore CUREs – Course-based undergraduate research experiences
  • Examine ways to create and manage local partnerships
The Evolution of Assessment

Moderator, Tony Siddal, Program Officer, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Panelists: Paul Crockett, CEO, Authess; Renee Foster, President, iReady; Jonathan Vander Els, Executive Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Assessment of student learning is an essential part of education. As educators desire to move away from measuring content knowledge to measuring skills and the ability to apply learning, assessments will change. Formative assessments are increasingly deployed; educators are developing rubrics; and simulations are also being used.  We are advancing assessment beyond machine scored multiple choice approaches, but there are still questions as to what technology is needed and affordable to scale the next generation of assessment as educators move towards mastery-based assessments.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine how assessments might evolve in the coming years
  • Review the potential of games and simulations for assessment
  • Explore the experiences of pioneering districts and colleges seeking performance assessments
  • Address how close the approaches are to scaling