Keystone Path

Interested in learning directly from edtech leaders and acclaimed innovators? Select sessions from this list to see some of the biggest names in the field speak on a variety of hot topics in the ever-evolving edtech space.

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

Digital Learning Providers on the Market Landscape

Moderator: Brook Colangelo, CTO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage; Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director of Product Management & Design Global Product, Pearson; Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw Hill Education

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

Publishers are now digital learning providers. They provide the curriculums, increasingly in a digital format, and often with adaptive learning and assessments. Many are now reporting greater than 50% digital sales, and providing tech platforms for learning. What do they consider their greatest assets for and challenges to growth? Will Open Educational Resources (OERs) erode the value of content? Are they building ecosystems of entrepreneurial companies to support their market approach?

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the pace of the market change from physical to digital
  • Identify the most valued digital components
  • Examine the key challenges to growth as defined by the major digital learning providers
  • Evaluate key changes providers are making to their offerings and go to market strategies
LearnLaunch Accelerator Breakthrough Program Showcase with Feat. Speaker Michael Hansen of Cengage Learning

Please stay tuned for more information!

Learning Innovation Showcase

The Learning Innovation Showcase uniquely presents the voices of learners and enables diverse groups – educators, entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers – to see a wide range of edtech tools applied in real learning environments. Our inspiring showcase is an opportunity to learn about innovative programming that personalizes learning for students of all ages through access to effective, cutting-edge edtech.

Twenty teachers and student teams have stepped forward to showcase emerging models of teaching and learning in Secondary Ed (6th – 12th grade), Higher Ed, and learning programs outside of school. Learn more about this year’s participants here!

Reimagining Education and Employment

Speaker: Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup

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

Research by the Gallup organization indicates that employee engagement is the key to successful organizations. How does this apply to students and educators?  In this provocative talk, Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, will address why there is nothing more important we can do as a nation than build the world’s most effective “educonomy” by seamlessly integrating our educational system, our employers, and our job creators.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore employee engagement is a key predictor of organizational performance
  • Examine how educator engagement influences school performance
  • Review how student engagement influences student learning
  • Address the gaps between educators and employers
Research: The Evidence Base and How to Use It

Moderator: Aubrey Francisco, Director of Research, Digital Promise

Panelists: Katrina Stevens, Former Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education; Bi Vuong, Director of Proving Ground, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Steve Newton, Research Director, LearnLaunch Institute

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Educators are eager for a stronger evidence base on the efficacy of personalized learning products. This panel will address the state of research in the area of personalized learning, both from the perspective of adopting schools and creators looking at how to structure research.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine research resources which are currently available
  • Explore piloting methodologies which can be used in schools
  • Review current findings of piloting research organizations
Tech Giants and the NextGen Classroom

Moderator: John Kim, Senior Lecturer of General Management, Harvard Business School
Panelists: Rob Rubin, Director of Microsoft Professional Degree, Microsoft, Karen Greenleaf, Head of Content, Google for Education

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

The major platform providers – Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon – are all active in education. They offer key operating systems and hardware, directory systems, productivity and collaboration software, and ecommerce platforms. Their offerings in education specific software are increasingly rich: spanning learning management systems and content management systems. How are platform providers supporting entrepreneurs, content creators, and tool providers? How does free vs. paid content fit into their ecosystems? What are intersection points for commercial and non-profit education companies? Can deep integration support student learning?

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore evolutionary trends from educational software platforms and leading tech companies
  • Address platform evolution from device management to LMS and workflow management
  • Identify how the platform providers attract content
  • Examine what acquisitions have been made by tech giants and explore their future direction
The Promise of Intelligent Adaptive Learning

Moderator: David Dockterman, Chief Architect of Learning Sciences for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Panelists: Liz Brooke, Chief Education Officer, Lexia Learning and Rosetta Stone; Tim Hudson, VP of Learning, Dreambox; Al Essa, VP of Research and Data Science, McGrawHill Education

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

Intelligent Adaptive Learning (IAL) promises to increase student achievement by applying proven learning theory to individual student learning. Students are placed at individual levels of development, proceed at their own pace, experience rewards for learning, and repeat work as needed. Spaced repetition can be applied as appropriate. Educators are provided with rich formative data so they can create groups or individual conferences to further student learning.

During this session, participants will:

  • Explore how educators are using IAL systems
  • Identify the challenges in selecting and implementing IAL systems
  • Review the research that provides evidence of impact on student achievement
  • Construct a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of IAL
The Tech Behind Personalized Learning Platforms

Panelists: Adam Seldow, Head of Education Partnerships, Facebook; Erin Mote, Co-founder & Executive Director, InnovateEDU

Is the future one of playlists curated based on a student’s mastery? Definitions of personalized learning often include personalized learning plans, student portfolios. A number of companies are offering platforms: Facebook’s Basecamp, Agilix. What are the pros and cons of the platforms? How do they incorporate your favorite content?

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the pros and cons of the platforms from early adopters
  • See brief demos of personalized learning platforms my major providers
  • Examine edtech standards that may open the systems to an array of content
The ABCs of Instructional Design

Speaker: Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan

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

As digital learning offerings have grown, so too has the demand for savvy instructional designers.  They must be experts in UI, UX, learning science, content, and project management. Bror Saxberg, the Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan, will show how learning science is applied to creation of effective learning environments, and explore how to become a better “learning engineer” and instructional designer.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine how cognitive science can influence instructional design
  • Identify the critical components of designing a learning experience
  • Explore how continuous refinement can be implemented during instructional design process