NGLC at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

NGLC staff, grantees, and program participants are packing their bags and heading to Anaheim, California this week for the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. This is a week for NGLC to convene, to compete, to learn, and to continue rethinking about postsecondary education, next generation learning, and transformation through technology. We hope our paths cross, whether in person at the convention center, through the virtual conference, free public webcasts, or #EDU13 and #NGLCAnaheim.

2013 Breakthrough Models Grantee Convening. Representatives from the 10 grant recipients awarded funding in NGLC’s third wave of grantmaking are convening on Tuesday to discuss and address their successes and challenges and step deeply into the muddy waters and interesting opportunities that accompany starting up new, competency-based, high-quality/low-cost, blended and online, personalized degree programs. The day’s agenda is a lively mix of lightning round presentations, fishbowl dialogues, conversations on quality, an expert panel, and issues-based working groups.

We are fortunate to have three talented guests join us. Steve Klingler, VP of Student Experience for Western Governors University, will discuss competency-based assessment and deeper learning. Diego Navarro, Founder and Director of the Academy for College Excellence and Professor at Cabrillo College, will offer research-based advice on student support and retention. And Misa Misono, Business Designer at IDEO, will help grantees design a breakthrough approach to student recruitment. We’ll be sure to share what we learn from these experts and the grantees themselves in a future blog post. You can also follow along on Twitter with #NGLCAnaheim. Get up to date on these breakthrough models in three ways:

NGLC Alley. That’s right: NGLC has its own alley in the Exhibit Hall. On Wednesday and Thursday, come for a stroll in this space to LEARN more about what the grant recipients and program participants are doing and consider ways to APPLY completion-focused innovations to your institution. An interactive touchscreen, streamed videos, and an innovations corridor await you.

Breakthrough Models Academy Competition. This competition is the culmination of a new program to cultivate leaders for higher education transformation. Launched this year, the program kicked off with a week-long residential experience in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July. (Read about the summer experience from a coordinator’s perspective and the perspective of a coach for four BMA teams.) Participants were grouped into teams that were charged to design a unique breakthrough model. Since July, the teams have been feverishly reworking, refining, and polishing their designs. Their final projects will be presented via poster-style pitches in the Learning Theater (Exhibit Hall C, Convention Center) on Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm. Winners will receive professional development scholarships and cash awards. At anytime, you can take a peek at video clips of their innovative designs—you will be wowed by the level of creativity, critical thinking, and commitment to student success that the teams put into these projects. And the application for next year’s Academy is now available.

Lessons from NGLC. On Wednesday morning, NGLC’s Nancy Millichap presents in You Found Your Match: Now Fund It and Make It Work about successful partnerships, drawing upon lessons from NGLC’s Building Blocks for College Completion grant recipients. And don’t miss the closing keynote by Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, an NGLC grantee that launched College for America. On Friday at 10:15am, LeBlanc will talk about Disaggregation and Innovation in Higher Education: Charting a Course through Turbulent Times.

Conference attendees who are participating in the first-ever Breakthrough Models Incubator will also be gathering on Wednesday afternoon. The Incubator is a program geared for institutional teams that is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of breakthrough models in higher education.

View the schedule of NGLC-related events at EDUCAUSE 2013.

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