June 13-15, 2017 | Boston, Massachusetts

The NMC’s community of innovators convene each year to hear from exemplars and learn about the future of edtech. Spanning multiple sectors across Higher Education, K-12 museums, and libraries, this is a one-of-a-kind event attracts highly skilled education professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies and innovative approaches into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. In collaboration with our network partners, NMC invites attendees to engage in a series of events aimed at increasing student success and promoting access and equity in higher education. Register now to attend the sessions outlined below, plus many more, at the 2017 NMC Summer Conference!

Eight Breakout/Featured Sessions: 

 Wednesday 14th of June 2017 10:45 AM — 11:45 AM EDT
Room: Molly Pitcher
Casey Green (Campus Computing) | Alejandra Cervantes (EdSurge)
Alyssa Foley (Houston Community College) | Raamish Saeed (Young Invincibles)
Cameron Vigil (University of Colorado Denver) | Andrea Foster (Young Invincibles)

Despite significant investments in innovative technologies – online advising systems, degree mapping, digital courseware, and adaptive learning –  college completion rates show little real gain, particularly for first generation, low-income, and students of color. Join Casey Green as he moderates a conversation with student leaders about their college experience for a special edition of TO A DEGREE, the postsecondary success podcast series from the Gates Foundation. Attendees will hear what has worked for these students, what hasn’t, and how they think higher education needs to change.

 Wednesday 14th of June 2017 01:30 PM — 02:30 PM EDT
Room: Thomas Paine B
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge) | Seth Greenberg (EdSurge)

How are institutions discovering, evaluating, and implementing ed tech solutions to address campus pain points? Who are the decision-makers? What information is needed about product functionality and efficacy to make better decisions? EdSurge is using the design thinking process to research these questions and creating resources for postsecondary education providers. Join the EdSurge team for a hands-on session exploring how digital learning practices and products can be leveraged to increase the quality and accessibility of learning for students.

 Wednesday 14th of June 2017 01:30 PM — 02:30 PM EDT
Room: Aquarium
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Karl Rectanus (Learn Platform)

The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework was developed to support educators to select and implement high-quality courseware. In this session, participants will be briefly introduced to the CWiC Framework, and then will have the opportunity to apply the framework to two different stages in a courseware implementation: courseware selection and evaluation. Participants in the session should bring their own devices to engage with the interactive CWiC Framework online during breakout sessions.

 Wednesday 14th of June 2017 02:45 PM — 03:45 PM EDT
Room: Presidents Ballroom
Michael Goudzwaard (Dartmouth College) | Lily Arias (Tougaloo College)
Demetra White (Tougaloo College) | Willem Wallinga (Fisher College)
Marietta Fulé (Northern Arizona University) | Amanda Gould (Bay Path University / The American Women's College)

OLC’s Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIA) recognize exemplary higher education faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. In a “late-night talk show” format, 2016 DLIA recipients will discuss their award-winning projects, examine trends in current digital courseware implementations, and identify themes illustrating barriers faced by underrepresented students across institution types. Attendees will discover best practices for deploying digital learning technologies to increase student success and gain a deeper understanding of how innovative institutions are meeting the equity challenge.

 Thursday 15th of June 2017 09:00 AM — 10:15 AM EDT
Room: Presidents Ballroom
Samantha Becker (NMC) | Annie Davis (NMC)
Courtney Hall Giesinger (NMC)

Higher education is ripe for innovation, yet institutional and systemic barriers can impede the adoption of progressive solutions. How can institutions make high-quality learning opportunities more accessible and meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations? A new toolkit from the NMC provides resources to guide institutions in convening stakeholders (including students) for strategic conversations and holistic planning around student success initiatives. By engaging in design thinking-inspired activities, leaders can catalyze critical discussions around faculty needs, campus culture, and technology-enabled practices and programs — all grounded in student impact.

 Thursday 15th of June 2017 09:00 AM — 10:15 AM EDT
Room: Presidents Ballroom
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge) | Seth Greenberg (EdSurge)

Are you a gregarious person who loves to interact with others and build your network? Or do you prefer more small group, intimate discussions to find other like-minded individuals? In either case, EdSurge HigherEd has created a program just for you. It’s called LOOP and It’s a curated, matchmaking service for innovation leaders at higher ed institutions. EdSurge will share insights from running this experiment over the past year, including the secret sauce that gets people excited to share, problem-solve, and network every week.

 Thursday 15th of June 2017 01:00 PM — 02:00 PM EDT
Room: Thomas Paine A
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Eric Frank (Acrobatiq)
Julie Curtis (Lumen Learning) | Steven Greenlaw (University of Mary Washington)

Open education resources, adaptive technologies, and data analytics are improving student outcomes and increasing learner motivations. Researchers will share insights from recent work in the digital learning landscape related to faculty, research evidence, and courseware implementation. Attendees will then sit down with two digital courseware developers and their institutional partners for interactive “speed dates” to learn how faculty are deploying these tools within their courses. Discover how solution developers can help instructors through training and support to foster best practices in adoption, implementation, and scaling.

 Thursday 15th of June 2017 02:15 PM — 03:15 PM EDT
Room: Aquarium
Casey Green (Campus Computing)

This presentation, by Casey Green, founding director The Campus Computing Project, will focus on how infrastructure fosters or impedes campus efforts to “go digital,” to leverage the potential of information technology, to enhance the student experience, and to improve academic outcomes.


Ancillary Event: 

Office Hours:  The Student Perspective (Lunch provided)

Thursday, 15th of June 2017 11:30am – 1:00pm EDT; President’s Ballroom

Thursday’s box lunch offers an opportunity for an open, follow-up conversation with the students who participated on Wednesday’s student panel Access and Equity in Higher Ed: The Student Perspective. Please join TO A DEGREE moderator Casey Green and the student representatives in efforts to continue the conversation about the undergraduate experience, digital campus resources, and what campuses both do well and should do better to foster student engagement, improve completion rates, and preparation for employment and life after college