NGLC in the Sun: Next Gen Learning Sessions Infuse EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Program

This week finds NGLC staff – yes, every last one of us – at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The annual EDUCAUSE conference brings together thousands of higher education IT professionals to explore the toughest technology issues facing campuses in the US and around the world.

The community-generated program incorporates more than 300 sessions, with more than 500 speakers, as well as an exhibit hall featuring the products and services of over 270 companies. Teaching and learning is one of the key organizational domains in the program each year, in which participants consider innovative ways in which technology is being used to transform activities and results for postsecondary learners. Those attending the conference have several options to experience presentations and panel discussions featuring NGLC staff and grantees.

NGLC-related sessions include:

Next Generation Digital Learning Environments

This invitation-only meeting will bring together a diverse group of institutional and organizational thought leaders to imagine the expanded future of the learning management system. EDUCAUSE staff, including a representative from NGLC, have organized and will facilitate this special session, which is being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Entrepreneurs Within: What We Learned While Launching a New Model within an Existing Institution

Leaders from three NGLC breakthrough models - Northern Arizona University’s Personalized Learning Division, the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia’s Degree in Three, and the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate – will tell stories illustrating what it takes to bring a disruptively innovative new degree program from the drawing board to realization. Art Seavey, a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will moderate the panel at this concurrent session.

Competency-Based Education and the IT Organization

Holly Morris, NGLC's director of postsecondary model development and adoption, convenes this panel of chief information officers past and present whose institutions have deployed or are in the process of implementing competency-based education programs. The session is designed to educate those who are leading information technology organizations in other colleges and universities about what issues the competency-based education program raises and how these issues may be approached successfully to benefit students and ensure their success.  

Higher Education Breakthrough Models: Expert Interview with Interactive Audience Q&A

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference enables two types of participation, face-to-face and virtual. Some sessions are exclusively offered to the virtual participants. In this streamed session of the virtual conference, EDUCAUSE's Veronica Diaz will interview Holly Morris and Nancy Millichap, NGLC program officer in the postsecondary education aspects of our work, about the creation and challenges of the breakthrough models that NGLC is enabling both for its grantees and for participants in the Breakthrough Models Incubator.

The conference’s other highlights include three general sessions, giving participants the opportunity to be inspired by leading national figures. Tuesday’s general session speaker is Clayton Christensen, famous for his theory of disruptive innovation. He’ll talk about that theory and its implications for the future of higher education.

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