April 4, 9:00am-4:00pm | OLC Innovate 2017 | Sheraton New Orleans

Digital learning innovations can increase access and student success while lowering college costs. In this pre-conference workshop at OLC Innovate, receive support for all stages of planning, adopting and evaluating digital courseware or adaptive learning initiatives. Discover the latest research on learning technologies’ impacts and resources to navigate digital courseware selection and implementation. Don’t miss hands-on demonstrations of digital learning solutions!


This full-day pre-conference workshop will include multiple components for attendees, including participation in hands-on demonstrations of digital learning solutions, research updates, and learning what it means to be an exemplar in the field, followed by an opportunity to engage with digital courseware providers to learn about their platforms. Following the event, participants are invited to an off-site reception will be held to celebrate the day and continue networking opportunities while enjoying the best of New Orleans.

Attendees are advised to bring their own computer or tablet. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

***Space is limited! RSVP today. Once you’ve RSVPed, you’ll receive an email from NMC staff confirming your seat with a special code to formally register on the OLC Innovate website.***


Opening Remarks
Presenter: Casey Green, ACAO Digital Fellows Project

Casey Green will present a discussion on innovation and infrastructure, surfacing issues and opportunities for educational entrepreneurs with focus on the rising institutional pressure to manifest returns on technology investments while improving the student user experience and increasing academic outcomes. Casey will also briefly review the events planned for the day and rally excitement among the attendees to prepare them to bring digital learning initiatives back to their own campus!

Understanding the Variable Effects of Digital Learning
Presenter: Vanessa Peters, SRI International

In this talk, SRI will present a framework for characterizing essential features of digital learning features, implementation practices, and conditions. Included in the discussion will be a summary of the research evidence with respect to the learning impacts of specific technology features.

Why Digital Learning
Presenter: Renee Franzwa, EdSurge 

Join the EdSurge team for a hands-on workshop digging into ‘the why’ of digital learning. We’ll explore what problems you are trying to solve for your institutions and how digital learning practices and products can be leveraged to increase the quality and accessibility of learning for students.

Using the CWiC Framework from Courseware Selection through Evaluation
Presenters: Gates Bryant, Tyton Partners; Karl Rectanus, Lea(R)n Trials

During this interactive session, attendees will learn how the CWiC Framework can be used to improve courseware implementations through its application in two key steps in the adoption cycle: product selection and evaluation.

Defining “Exemplary” in the Digital Courseware Landscape
Presenter: Nori Barajas-Murphy, OLC

The project director of OLC’s Digital Learning Innovation Award will discuss findings from the inaugural 2016 awards, highlighting differences between institutional initiatives and those led by faculty members at the program or course level. The talk will also examine trends in current digital courseware implementations and identify themes illustrating barriers faced by underrepresented students across institution types.

Explore Innovations in Digital Learning

This serves as an opportunity for attendees to leverage the knowledge gained throughout the workshop to engage in deeper conversations and participate in hands-on demonstrations with digital courseware providers, who are creating learning solutions with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge, and gain insight from institutional partners implementing these technologies on their campus. Representatives from a project examining student impact will also be on hand. 

Participating providers include:

Representatives: Eric Frank, CEO; Bill Jerome, VP of User Experience

Academic institutions use Acrobatiq’s On Track to Graduate enterprise platform, content (optional), and services to design and deliver high impact, personalized curriculum that produces rich learning data for more timely and targeted student interventions; continuous and data-validated improvements to course content; and improved retention, persistence and course completion rates.

Representatives: Nic Rebne, VP of Sales; Cecil Banhan, VP of Sales & Business Development; Sabrina Fuchs, Sales & Marketing Manager

CogBooks’ adaptive learning system empowers instructors with the tools and support they need to create individualized learning experiences for their student to drive student success, retention and engagement.

Lumen Learning
Representatives: Julie Curtis, VP Strategy & Communication; Linda Williams, Professor of Business at Tidewater Community College

Lumen Learning’s Waymaker courseware combines OER content with personalized learning tools for students and faculty that develop metacognitive abilities by providing students with relevant information about their learning, choices about what to do next to develop mastery, and real-time feedback on how their learning is progressing.

Representative: Dani Nicholson, Director of Marketing & Communications 

Combining OpenStax peer-reviewed textbook content–reading, simulations, videos, and assessment–with spaced practice and machine learning algorithms, OpenStax Tutor is a personalized learning tool that helps students focus their studying efforts and gives instructors greater insight into student performance.

Smart Sparrow
Representative: David Schonstein, Inspark Science Teaching Network Director

Driven by the Inspark Teaching Network, in collaboration with the Center for Education Through eXploration at ASU (ETX) and Smart Sparrow, BioBeyond is an innovative, next-generation science course and a unique application of education theory, powered by cutting-edge adaptive technology that can scale to thousands of students at once.

Use Cases of Digital Learning in Higher Ed
Representatives: Ilona Chebotareva and Kristin Powers, Intentional Futures
Get early insight into the trends of digital learning implementations and contribute to the research on how digital learning is impacting students.