With over 8,000 attendees, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is one of the premier events each year bringing together the best of technology, teaching, and learning.
This year, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference was held in Anaheim, California at the convention center. The event began with pre-conference sessions on Tuesday, October 25th, which was followed by 2 and 1/2 days of sessions.
The conference included nearly 300 exhibitors, keynotes by Susan Cain, best-selling author, speaker, and co-founder of Quiet Revolution and Sugatra Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England, and a large variety of breakout sessions that covered the following program tracks:
- Driving Innovation in Teaching and Learning
- Enabling the Data-Driven Decision-Making Environment
- Innovating in IT Infrastructure and Cloud-Based IT Environments
- Leading and Partnering Strategically across the Academy
- Producing, Distributing, and Using Digital-based Knowledge
- Reducing and Managing Risk in a Digital World
- Transforming the Student Experience
Consolidating the breakout session titles into a tag cloud highlighted the following keywords: “learning, student, education, technology, service”
Here are several highlights from the conference:
- Blackboard and Dropbox Partnership Announced – This new partnership will bring enhanced integration for more easily sharing and reusing digital files stored in Dropbox.
- Research was shared by Blackboard regarding “How Successful Students use LMS Tools“. See also more information on the eLearning blog post: “Clicks, Grades, Engagement and Student Success“
“The most successful students are those who access MyGrades most frequently; students doing poorly do not access their grades. Students who never access their grades are more likely to fail than students who access them at least once.”
- Blackboard announced a new accessibility product called Blackboard Ally – Ally provides several capabilities including: 1) an institution dashboard or audit of the level of accessibility of documents that have been uploaded by faculty into Blackboard, 2) instructor feedback for how they can improve the accessibility of an uploaded file, and 3) auto-conversion of the uploaded file into accessible formats.
- Susan Cain, best-selling author, speaker, and co-founder of Quiet Revolution provided a keynote: “Quiet: How to Harness the Strengths of Introverts to Change How We Work, Lead, and Innovate”
- There was a session focusing on micro-credentialing and badges. The session was entitled: “
#OpenBadges Update and the IMS Global #Badges Extensions in Education Project”
- Blackboard announced NEW research regarding course design with data sampled from 70,000 courses from 927 institutions, with 3,374,462 unique learners using Blackboard Learn : “Patterns in Course Design: How instructors ACTUALLY use the LMS”.
- A session by Blackboard entitled: “Only Blackboard: Innovation to Drive Student Success through the LMS and Beyond” included information about data science, predictive analytics, mobile, and student pathway planning.
- A session highlighting the importance of mobile apps was presented by the Georgia Institute of Technology. This panel session was entitled: “Transforming Teaching, Learning and Research: Strategies for Mobile-Ready Campus”
- Colorado Community College System delivered a session entitled: “Coding, Gaming, IoT, and Wearables: Student Success Tech, or Chocolate-covered Broccoli”
- Sugatra Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England delivered a keynote on “The Future of Learning“.
- EDUCAUSE provided a sneak peek at the TOP 10 IT Issues for 2017 to include: information security, student success and completion, data-informed decision making, strategic leadership, sustainable funding, data management and governance, higher education affordability, sustainable staffing, next-gen enterprise IT, and digital transformation of learning.
- California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative presented a session entitled: “Rethinking Online Education at Scale“, sharing how they educate 2.1 million online students across 113 campuses.
- Brown University presented a session entitled: “Rethinking Academic Technology for 21st-century Teaching and Learning“
- A session entitled: “Seeking Evidence of Impact: Methodologies in Teaching and Learning” focused on benchmarking and research to improve education.
About the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference:
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier convening of IT professionals and technology providers across the diverse higher education landscape. The conference creates networking opportunities for colleagues to share ideas regarding strategies, leading change, effective processes, what’s working, and sometimes—more importantly—what isn’t.
EDUCAUSE 2016 represents the best thinking in higher education IT.