Philadelphia, PA | October 31-November 3, 2017

The 2017 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference draws thousands of higher education leaders from across the US. In collaboration with our partners in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Initiative, the NMC is using this platform to garner exposure to some of the field’s leading technologies and ideas transforming higher ed. We have curated five interactive panel discussions to spotlight the work being done under the Digital Learning Solution Network (DLSN), including the Digital Learning and Integrated Planning & Advising for Student Success (iPASS) portfolios. Additionally, we are collaborating with DLSN partners to develop eight poster sessions that demonstrate the work and accomplishments of Next Generation Digital Courseware and iPASS initiatives. An invitation-only lounge is available to DLSN partners in efforts to encourage network collaboration, share updates on work, and engage in an exercise of collective intelligence to outline the goals of the initiative moving forward.

DLSN Partner Programming at #EDU17:

 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 12:45 PM — 01:45 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Eric Frank (Acrobatiq) | Michael Medlock (Maricopa Community Colleges)

Educators are developing adaptive learning experiences that use performance data to help their students succeed. Acrobatiq's Smart Author platform generates real-time predictive learning estimates for each student against every outcome in the course. Stop by the poster session to discover how the Smart Author platform generates real-time predictive learning estimates for each student, interact with innovators implementing these technologies, and determine how to increase student engagement and learner motivations on your campus.

 
 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 12:45 PM — 01:45 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge) | Michael Sano (EdSurge)

EdSurge believes that higher education is more creative and adaptive when we're more connected. That's why we started LOOP—a free service to enable 1:1 exchanges that further knowledge-sharing and collaboration between digital learning innovators. Stop by the poster session to explore a tool that will help you collaborate with other digital learning innovators, learn methodologies that will enhance your knowledge sharing, and determine how to best implement this tool in your day-to-day work.

 
 
 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 12:45 PM — 01:45 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Jeannie Brown Leonard (George Mason University) | Amy Dinise-Halter (Colorado State University)
Philip Needles (Montgomery County Community College)

Institutional leaders, faculty, and advisors are using technology and data to gain holistic views of student achievement and address shared goals of improving retention and graduation rates. Hear from educational leaders in the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Stop by the poster session to gain deeper insight into how data is used to gain holistic views of student achievement, address challenges each institution overcame in efforts to implement advising platforms on their campus, and identify best practices in implementing and scaling similar efforts for interested institutions.

 
 
 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 12:45 PM — 01:45 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Richard Sluder (Middle Tennessee State University) | Joseph Connell (Ramapo College)
Samuel Hirsch (Community College of Philadelphia)

Learn how predictive analytics and early alert tools enable timely interventions, helping more students succeed. 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. Stop by the poster session to gain deeper insight into how data is used to gain holistic views of student achievement, address challenges each institution overcame in efforts to implement advising platforms on their campus, and identify best practices in implementing and scaling similar efforts for interested institutions

 
 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 02:00 PM — 02:50 PM EDT
1101 Arch Street 
Room: Meeting Room 103A, 100 Level
Amy Dinise-Halter (Colorado State University) | Philip Needles (Montgomery County Community College)
Jeannie Brown Leonard (George Mason University)

During this interactive breakout session, join to learn how institutional leaders, faculty, and advisors are using technology and data to gain holistic views of student achievement and address shared goals of improving retention and graduation rates. Hear from educational leaders in the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

 
 Wednesday 1st of November 2017 03:10 PM — 04:00 PM EDT
1101 Arch Street 
Room: Meeting Room 201B, 200 Level
Richard Sluder (Middle Tennessee State University) | Samuel Hirsch (Community College of Philadelphia)
Joseph Connell (Ramapo College)

Learn how predictive analytics and early alert tools enable timely interventions, helping more students succeed. Hear from institutional leaders about 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 1st of November 2017 03:10 PM — 04:00 PM EDT
1101 Arch Street 
Room: Meeting Room 108A, 100 Level
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Baiyun Chen (University of Central Florida)
Philippos Savvides (Arizona State University) | Sharon Goodall (University of Maryland University College)

Through a series of vignettes, discover how institutions have used the interactive Courseware in Context Framework (CWiC), an evidence-based tool, to evaluate digital learning solutions and implementations. Gain insight into the challenges presenters addressed, progress to date, and best practices in implementing and scaling similar efforts. Attendees will leave with a better understanding on how institutions have used the CWiC Framework, explored the challenges, progress, and best practices,  and identified the best way to implement and scale similar solutions.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:15 PM — 01:15 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Josh Baron (Lumen Learning)

Institutions are implementing open educational resources through Waymaker, a personalized learning platform by Lumen Learning. Waymaker coaches students to become better learners and helps instructors find and connect with those who need individualized attention. Interact with educators implementing this technology to improve affordability and strengthen learning and student engagement. Stop by the poster session to learn more about a personalized learning platform and its impact on motivating learners, interact with educators implementing these technologies to increase student engagement, and examine institutions that are implementing OER in the Lumen platform.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:15 PM — 01:15 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Baiyun Chen (University of Central Florida)
Philippos Savvides (Arizona State University) | Sharon Goodall (University of Maryland University College)

Discover SRI's findings from a pilot meta-analysis of the impacts of different courseware features on student learning. We will present a framework for characterizing essential features of digital learning resources, implementation practices, and conditions. We will also summarize the research evidence on the impacts of specific technology features on postsecondary learning. Stop by the poster session to discover findings from a pilot meta-analysis of impacts of different courseware features on student learning, explore a framework for characterizing essential features of digital learning resources, implementation practices, and conditions, and understand the impacts of specific technology features on postsecondary learning.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:15 PM — 01:15 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Baiyun Chen (University of Central Florida)
Philippos Savvides (Arizona State University) | Sharon Goodall (University of Maryland University College)

The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework was released in 2016 to support institutional decision-makers to select and implement digital courseware that will help them meet their goals. One component of the Framework includes a taxonomy of product features to help with product differentiation. This session will feature the Product Taxonomy and how it is being used to compare and contrast products.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 12:15 PM — 01:15 PM EDT
Room: Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level
Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Nicholas Java (Tyton Partners)

Discover how colleges and universities are using technology to support advising reform and student success. Updated information about the state of the field, pulled from a research refresh by Tyton Partners, will serve as an umbrella for these on-the-ground perspectives, connecting them to larger trends happening across higher education. Stop by the poster session to discover how colleges and universities are using technology to support advising reform and student success, examine updated information from recent research findings, and explore on-the-ground perspectives that connect them to larger trends happening across higher education.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 02:40 PM — 03:30 PM EDT
1101 Arch Street 
Room: Meeting Room 108A, 100 Level
Eric Frank (Acrobatiq) | Stephanie Poczos (National Louis University)
Tom Ayers (Broward College) | Josh Baron (Lumen Learning)
Anne Fiddler (City University of New York (CUNY))

Open resources and adaptive technologies are improving learning outcomes and increasing completion rates. Hear from innovators who are using digital learning tools to address broad issues of access, cost, and equity in higher education and learn how solution developers can provide support to foster best practices in adoption, implementation, and scaling. During this breakout session, attendees will understand how digital courseware can be leveraged to increase student retention and graduation rates, address challenges each institutional partner overcame in efforts to implement digital courseware on their campus, and identify best practices in implementing and scaling similar efforts for interested institutions.

 
 Thursday 2nd of November 2017 04:30 PM — 05:20 PM EDT
1101 Arch Street 
Room: Meeting Room 201B, 200 Level
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge) | Michael Sano (EdSurge)

Join the EdSurge team for a guided deep-dive into the unique problems your campus is trying to solve with digital courseware. Leveraging research, data, and the EdSurge product index, you'll walk out with a defensible method to evaluate and choose tools for your campus. 

 

Invitation-Only Ancillary Events:

Digital Learning Solution Network (DLSN) Partner Hub
Wednesday, November 1 & Thursday, November 2 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Meeting Rooms 304-305, 3rd Floor

Network partners are invited to use this space as an informal gathering and networking area for grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s DLSN, iPASS, NGC, Digital Fellows, and other Postsecondary Success initiatives. The space offers electronic charging stations, couches, and round tables, along with refreshments & snacks to help power you through #EDU17. We encourage you to use this hub as your headquarters while you enjoy the conference — to ensure the room is available to all partners, we ask that guests remain accompanied at all times.

A Toolkit for Solving Higher Ed Big Challenges
Thursday, November 2 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Loews Philadelphia, Congress Hall A, 4th Floor

The NMC’s 2016 publication Scaling Solutions to Higher Education’s Biggest Challenges identified eight challenges obstructing student success and highlighted exemplars that could support the widespread adoption of solutions. We have continued the conversation with our community through an interactive “Beyond the Horizon” webinar series. To round out the information push and dialog, the NMC developed a Toolkit designed to facilitate change among practitioners trying to address common challenges inhibiting student success. This follow-up publication, Scaling Solutions Across Higher Education Toolkit, is designed to empower institutions to initiate discussions about these challenges. In this workshop, participants will explore the Toolkit to learn how to facilitate activities that address these challenges on their campus.