March 6-9, 2017 | Austin, Texas

The annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX has become a destination for education innovators worldwide to gather, learn from each other, and shape the future. At SXSWedu 2017, explore digital learning solutions that are addressing major challenges in higher education and discover the keys to successful on-campus implementations from trail-blazing exemplars. 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.
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Five Breakout Sessions: 

 Tuesday 7th of March 2017 02:00 PM — 03:00 PM CDT
Room: JW Marriott Salon E
Rahim Rajan (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) | Eric Frank (Acrobatiq)
Gary Lopez (NROC Project (MITE)) | Michael Medlock (Maricopa Community Colleges)

Open resources and adaptive technologies are improving learning outcomes and increasing completion rates. Learn about solutions supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge and hear from institutional leaders that have developed deep partnerships with these digital learning innovators to address broad issues of access, cost, and equality in higher education.

 Tuesday 7th of March 2017 03:30 PM — 04:30 PM CDT
Room: JW Marriott Salon E
Vanessa Kenon (University of Texas at San Antonio) | Melinda Karp (Community College Research Center)
Elizabeth Dooley (University of Central Florida)

Discover how educational planning technology tools are evolving the role of the advisor, faculty, and staff. Hear from institutional leaders implementing these technologies and transforming campus culture through the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) initiative, managed by EDUCAUSE with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 Wednesday 8th of March 2017 10:45 AM — 12:00 PM CDT
Room: JW Marriott Salon E
Allison Salisbury (EdSurge) | Marie Cini (University of Maryland University College)
Heather Hiles (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) | Bror Saxberg (Kaplan)
Paul Freedman (Practice)

Higher education thought leaders will give lightning talks, TED-style. Learn from high profile leaders about what is next in digital learning -- and what it means for the “new majority” of first generation, low income, and adult learners. Following the lighting talks, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in deeper conversations with a speaker of their choice in a small group discussion.

 Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:00 PM — 03:00 PM CDT
Room: JW Marriott Salon E
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Jeff Borden (Saint Leo University)
Karl Rectanus (Learn Platform) | Nori Barajas-Murphy (Online Learning Consortium)

Digital learning is implemented to support a range of strategic priorities across higher ed institutions, with enormous potential for impact. Implementation decisions, including what products to use, how to do so, and how to support faculty, administrators and students are crucial for positioning an institution for success. The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework was designed to help postsecondary decision-makers to navigate a key element of the digital learning landscape - digital courseware. Join for a discussion about the role that courseware can play in scaling digital learning and an introduction to the CWiC Framework as a tool to help improve courseware selection and implementation.

 Wednesday 8th of March 2017 03:30 PM — 05:00 PM CDT
Room: JW Marriott Room 310/311
Casey Green (Campus Computing) | Laura Niesen de Abruna (Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO))
Jim Ptaszynski (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Change — in the form of new digital resources and pedagogical strategies to improve student success — is revolutionizing the US higher education system. Much of the responsibility for managing this change resides in on-campus leadership. Intended for provosts and CAOs, this invitation-only, town-hall conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities these changemakers confront in their efforts to encourage the use of effective digital courseware, including: faculty interest (or indifference); institutional incentives; an inventory of empirically-proven digital resources; and the institutional commitment to leverage digital pedagogical resources to improve student outcomes.


Two Ancillary Events: 

Mix & Mingle with Digital Learning Innovators (Invitation only)
Tuesday, March 7 from 8:00-10:00pm, Flemings Steakhouse located at 320 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Join friends of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative for an offsite reception, featuring great food, good drinks, and a live musical performance. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the game-changing individuals who are moving the dial on digital learning, learn from their challenges and triumphs, and offer recommendations on future developments of foundation-supported projects. Capitalize on this opportunity to get to know the network, and experience a little bit of Austin fun!

SXSWedu 2017 Higher Ed Hub
Wednesday, March 8 from 11:00am-6:00pm, JW Marriott Griffin Hall

The SXSWedu Higher Ed Hub, hosted by Ellucian, is an extension of the Industry Hub that showcases innovative solutions, initiatives and partnerships in post-secondary education. The space is designed for administrators, professors and business leaders to learn and connect with their peers through sessions, booths and networking events. Attendees can browse the latest products, services and programs available in postsecondary education.

Don’t miss these featured exhibitors!

  • Acrobatiq
  • Cerego
  • Lumen Learning
  • OpenStax
  • Smart Sparrow