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2015 NMC Summer Conference Preview

For the 2015 NMC Summer Conference Preview of the NMC On the Horizon series on April 14th, we're highlighting the 2015 NMC Summer Conference with a range of keynote, featured session, Idea Lab, and preconference workshop panelists. The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. NMC Summer Conference presenters are thought leaders within the education industry at colleges and universities, schools, museums, libraries, organizations, and companies. They are the people pushing the envelope to infuse innovation and creativity into learning experiences worldwide.

Samantha Becker (NMC)
Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Communications for the NMC, is the Director of the NMC Horizon Project and lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. She has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in e-publishing, social media, and online learning. In 2013, she taught the first online course ever to exclusively take place in Facebook, which was geared towards training education professionals to integrate social media into their teaching practices. Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine.
Michael Berman (California State University, Channel Islands)
Michael Berman has spent most of his career in higher education. After earning tenure as a faculty member in Computer Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, he became Director of the Office of Instructional Technology and then Associate Provost for Information Resources. In 2000, he moved to Cal Poly Pomona where he was named Vice President for Instructional and Information Technology. In 2005 he became the Chief Technology Officer at Art Center College of Design. In 2009, Dr. Berman joined CSU Channel Islands, originally as the CIO and now as Vice President for Technology & Communication. In this role he is responsible both for campus information and academic technology as well as communication and marketing. He has an appointment in the computer science department, has taught a graduate course on network programming and has advised graduate students. Dr. Berman earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, where he also taught undergraduate courses. He has written and spoken widely on topics including 3D printing, cloud computing, identity management, data analytics, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. He is an NMC Board of Trustee and an active member of the NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board. Dr. Berman has a significant presence on social media (@amichaelberman), and was recently named one of 20 "Rising Star CIO's on Twitter" and one of the 10 most “Social CIO’s in Higher Education” in Huffington Post. He is the co-founder of the EduSoCal conference, which brought over a hundred people from across Southern California to discuss information technology in higher education. He has worked with startup companies, developed computer software, and authored a widely-used textbook, published in 1997 and still in print.
Jonathan Finkelstein (Credly)
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, creator of the Open Credit digital credential framework, and director of the open source BadgeOS project. Together these platforms have enabled thousands of organizations to recognize and reward skills and achievement. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan’s work has helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations produce and launch innovative online programs, products and platforms that have impacted the lives of millions of learners. Jonathan is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum (AAM), and co-author of a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on digital credentials, open badges and the future of learning and workforce development. The son of two New York City public school teachers, Jonathan graduated with honors from Harvard University.
Steve Hargadon (Learning Revolution)
Steve is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and founder and chair or co-chair of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the Global Education Conference, the Future of LIbraries, and the Homeschool Conference. Steve pioneered the use of live, virtual (and peer-to-peer) education conferences, popularized the idea of education "unconferences," and built the first modern social network (Classroom 2.0) for teachers in 2007. For the last eight years, he's run a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon).
Nancy House (NMC)
Nancy E. (Reeves) House, CMP serves as the Senior Director, Meetings & Events for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of nearly 300 world-class universities, colleges, libraries, museums, research centers, and technology companies dedicated to using new technologies to inspire, energize, stimulate, and support learning and creative expression. Nancy joined the NMC in 2002 and has over 30 years of management experience working with non-profit associations and higher education in the areas of operations, project management, database management, meeting planning and member/donor services. Nancy holds a designation as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Nancy also serves on the Meeting Professionals International, Hill Country Chapter Board of Directors as the past Vice President of Communications, and the current Vice President of Membership
Gordon Jackson (Gordon Jackson Consulting)
Gordon Jackson is proud to serve as The New Media Consortium’s CTO. At the NMC, Gordon is responsible for all technical assets, development, and budget. Prior to joining the team in 2013, Gordon worked in a variety of industries over 15 years. He was a key manager for R.R. Donnelly’s cloud adoption, designed a full media service for a division of News Corporation, and led all technical aspects of a global e-Commerce website at Calumet Photographic. Gordon holds a B.M. and an M.A. in music performance from Eastern Illinois University.
Jona Nalder (
EDUCATION MATTERS. This is the common theme that has directed Jonathan’s journey from being a Learning Support Teacher willing to experiment with mobile devices to improve student outcomes, to receiving Smart Classrooms (Qld), Learning without Frontiers (UK) and NMC Henderson (USA) awards, to his previous roles as a One Laptop per Child & Indigenous Education Project Officer, Senior Educational Consultant for TAFE Queensland (Digital Learning), Apple Distinguished Educator, NMC K-12 Ambassador & NMC Horizon Report panel expert, JNXYZ Education, Slide2learn & E20 groups co-founder, Pearson presenter, HP Catalyst Fellow, and Explain Everything Advisory Board member. Jonathan has presented across Australia and internationally for Learning Without Frontiers, 21st Century Learning, Mobile Learning Experience, Slide2learn, New Media Consortium, Apple and Ulearn. His current passion is finding solutions for how education can stop failing todays learners and start re-focusing on the challenges a post-work work represent. Are you thinking about this too? Try out the Future Literacies framework at and let's connect 🙂
Wendy Shapiro (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
In the role of Associate Dean Dr. Shapiro provides strategic leadership and direction supporting and advancing teaching, learning, assessment and scholarship within the College of Advancing and Professional Development across the broad spectrum of educational technology and instructional design functions. In addition Wendy offers leadership in planning and policy related to curriculum development, e-learning, educational technology initiatives, technology enhanced learning environments, digital scholarship, and blended and online learning to support the College's strategic goals.
Peggy Snyder (NMC)
Peggy Snyder has served on the NMC Board of Directors for multiple terms over the past decade. She was the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Autodesk for 3 years and prior to that the Director North America Education Sales at Adobe Systems 15+ years. She has extensive experience in the Education market and is recognized for her exceptional leadership and customer/partner relationship management.