Let's Talk About Now
The Fall 2016 NobleStream Webinar Program
We hope it’s clear as to why our mantra is “Let’s Talk About Now.” Yes, we have a sense of urgency. Technologies to improve student outcomes, increase retention rates and reduce the student cost of materials exist: accelerating the pace at which these solutions are adopted is our mission at NobleStream. Achieving this goal means aligning the agendas of all stakeholders across the institutions we serve. This means providing these stakeholders with the opportunity to experience these next-gen educational technology solutions firsthand. That’s what the NobleStream Webinar Program is all about.
Just the Beginning of the Journey
This fall, NobleStream opens the landscape to include a deep dive into the ever evolving role of the Learning Platform, featuring the preeminent Edtech bloggers from E-Literate, Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein. We’ll explore the growing category of alternate educational providers with founder Burck Smith from Straighterline and meet with Riipen, a company connecting project-based learning to corporate America. As expected, the fall program will continue to include the “under the hood” experiences of the latest in next gen EdTech courseware currently being adopted at progressive institutions globally.
Aligning Stakeholders to Accelerate Change
The NobleStream Webinar Program is designed to meet the immediate needs of all stakeholder committed to the Educational Landscape. Whether you're a CIO, Faculty or even an Ed Tech Start-up, there is a program on our calendar just right for you. There are various types of programs in the NobleStream Fall Webinar Schedule. They include Colloquiums, Ed Tech Exhibitions and Incubator Alley; consider these webinar programs as your institution’s platform for transformation.
Faculty, Our Highest Priority
Our combined passion for accelerating the pace at which new educational technologies are adopted means making those closest to the learner, the Faculty, our highest priority. New methods of instruction are evolving to align with the implementation of next-gen Courseware and to deliver on the promise of improved outcomes. NobleStream's Fall Webinar Program is the destination for Faculty to learn from Faculty who are making this transition.
A 360-Degree Experience
Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting. As a market analyst, Phil has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions, uncovering and describing the major trends and implications for the broader market. His unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. As an independent consultant, Phil helps educational institutions, technology and content vendors, and policy makers as they consider and implement new initiatives. Phil’s clients have included Western Governors University, California Community College System, Iowa State University, Bournemouth University, Pearson Education, Coursera, and others.
Michael is a Partner at MindWires Consulting, Co-Publisher of e-Literate, and Co-Producer of e-Literate TV. Previously, he has been the Senior Program Manager of MindTap at Cengage Learning and Principal Product Strategy Manager for Academic Enterprise Solutions (formerly Academic Enterprise Initiative, or AEI) at Oracle Corporation. Prior to to that, Michael was an Assistant Director at the SUNY Learning Network, where he oversaw blended learning faculty development and was part of the leadership team for the LMS platform migration efforts of this 40-campus program. Before SUNY, he was co-founder and CEO of a company that provided e-learning and knowledge management products and services to Fortune 500 corporations, with a special emphasis on software simulations. He has also been the interim CLO at The Otter Group, a Senior Partner at Christensen/Roberts Solutions, and a Senior Instructional Designer at Raymond Karsan Associates.
As a Chief Partnership Officer, Karina is responsible for building strategic partnerships that drive exposure and alignment to ESE products and services. Karina’s specific areas of focus will include expanding ESE’s market presence and driving revenue through new partnerships with institutions and industry. Most recently, Karina worked for Apollo Education Group. During her time with Apollo, Karina assisted in the opening of campuses in Southwest Ohio, building the framework for high performing teams in the area of workforce development. In addition to her team building experience, Karina is highly skilled in developing business partnerships between organizations and higher education providers.
Tina Grant is the Executive Director of the Center for the Assessment of Post-Traditional Instruction, Training and Learning (CAPITAL) at Excelsior College and the former Director of the USNY, Regents Research Fund, National College Credit Recommendation Service. Her expertise and areas of interest include nontraditional education, prior learning assessment, and translating workplace training and credentialing into college credit to facilitate partnerships between business, industry and education. Tina is pursuing a Doctorate of Education, Leadership and Management at Capella University, holds a Master of Science in Education from The State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Paul Roberge is a leader in building high performing enterprise sales and go-to-market teams for both emerging software companies and large-scale organizations. Paul has repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITA growth in dynamic and changing markets. Markets served include public sector (higher education, K12, government) and corporate. Deep background and experience leading SaaS and Cloud based enterprise software businesses are skills Paul brings to the table, and he has grown private and public organizations at scale into profitable global market leaders.
Burck Smith is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine. StraighterLine helps students lower the cost and risk of starting college and helps colleges attract and retain students. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING, the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Higher Education Working Group. Prior to starting SMARTHINKING, Burck was independent consultant and journalist whose clients included the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and more.
These three part series offer its attendees a 360-degree view into the most transformative movements impacting today’s landscape of higher education. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with Founders whose visions are addressing the most critical challenges facing academia and hear from educators immersed in their solutions. With Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill of e-Literate as our guides this fall we explore all facets of the Learning Platform decision in context of the myriad of new technologies and teaching pedagogies reaching the space. Then come with us as we track the student journey, from Prior Knowledge Assessment to Alternate Educational Providers to the arduous process of Student Data Integration. Below the journey begins …
The Modern Learning Platform: Not Your Mother’s Old LMS
The Learning Platform is becoming ever more central to supporting the educational landscape as it continues to transform. Educators must parse through vendor marketing buzz while vendors must understand institutional decision-making processes. That’s where our guides, Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill come in. In our three-part series, the brain trust at e-Literate share their journey to becoming thought leaders in the Higher Ed/EdTech space. We’ll hear from change-agent educators that understand the importance of the pedagogy beyond technology platforms. Finally Phil and Michael rationalize the Learning Platform decision, making selection and implementation easier for both institutions and the myriad vendors in the marketplace.
1. Founder's Vision
Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein, preeminent writers from e-Literate discuss their respective paths to being the rational voice of EdTech in Higher Ed
2. Institutional Strategy and Decision-Making
Hear from your colleagues who are on the front lines of their technology implementation, sharing their focus on pedagogy first and technology second.
3. Vendor Strategy and Support
Phil and Michael discuss best practices for Learning Platform selection, creating common ground for administrators and vendors they seek to trust.
The Student Lifecycle: An Academic Journey
Why has the term “Student Lifecycle” finally become mainstream and ubiquitous? Why has it taken so long to be concerned with a student’s experience, from the application process to the job search? This three-part series will feature Educational Consultants, CEOs, and stakeholders that have experience driving change across the Student Lifecycle. Join us as our colleagues discuss Project-Based Learning, Prior Learning Assessment, and Alternate Credit Pathways.
1. The Bridge to Employment
Dana Stephenson, Co-Founder of Riipen, shares how he helps connect students directly to meaningful Experiential Learning opportunities with real companies, using curriculum-aligned projects to build verified skills.
2. Prior Learning Assessment
The braintrust at Educators Serving Educators discusses why Prior Learning Assessment is becoming an ideal way to serve the adult learner while also being an effective enrollment strategy.
3. Alternate Credit Pathways
Burck Smith of StraighterLine has a vision for affordable higher education that helps colleges attract new and re-engage existing students and helps students lower the cost and risk of starting college. Listen as he discusses how to create low-cost pathways for your future graduates.
From Pilots to Adoption
Founded by MIT and Harvard educators, MindEdge focuses on adult learners in higher education and utilizes high quality courseware to facilitate their success.
Lrnr is an adaptive learning platform for STEM courses with the goal of ending the one-size-fits-all education model, facilitating interaction between instructors and students as they determine the best direction to take in mastering course material.
panOpen was founded on the principle of revitalizing textbook learning for higher education and breaking down the economic barriers to education. PanOpen’s free online textbooks make a college education accessible to anyone willing to pursue higher education.
Recognized by Harvard, MIT, CSU, and other institutions as the leader in the virtual labs movement, Labster presents 3D lab simulations that deliver a measurably higher learning impact than traditional labs.
UCertify aims to help students emerge from their degree employable and ready for the workforce. With more jobs demanding expertise in IT skills, UCertify provides students with a means to gain certification for skills that are required of them in the workforce.
These 50-minute sessions get right to the point. Often facilitated by faculty using next-gen Courseware either in the traditional classroom or at a distance, these are deep dives of solutions that can be immediately considered for spring pilots and fall adoptions. Here, educators will get to experience Adaptive OER Courseware and Competency-Based solutions, as well as IT certifications and virtual labs. These events are just a small sample of what faculty will find when perusing our Ed-Tech Exhibitions Programs calendar. These “digital first” turnkey courseware solution sessions have two things in common: improved outcomes and dramatic cost reductions to students. Only here will educators be able to compare and contrast courseware from multiple next-gen providers in their subject areas. All can be considered for immediate adoption. These sessions are a must for faculty committed to meet the nation's imperative to reduce the cost of materials for students.
Highly visual, mastery-based courseware for Economics, Psychology, History, and Math.
Interactive WebTexts for Business, Humanities, and Social Science.
A student-owned, personalized learning experience Physics, Biology, and Social Science.
Customizable OER courseware in Economics, History, and Science.
IT certification courseware and labs aligned with industry standards.
MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future. Our vision is bold; our mission is more important than ever before. MaRS brings together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof. Founded by civic leaders, MaRS has a mission that is equal parts public and private — an entrepreneurial venture designed to bridge the gap between what people need and what governments can provide.
Representing the future of Global Silicon Valley (GSV), GSVlabs provides a community and coworking space for individuals, startups, and established companies who wish to accelerate their vision. GSVlabs’ focus goes beyond Silicon Valley, catering to a wide range of entrepreneurs, educators and non-profits as well. While many startups call GSVlabs home, they also house top advisors and mentors, leading corporations, and high-potential individuals.
As an educator, Tim’s focus is on creative delivery and inspirational outcomes. As an academic leader, his focus is on creating change to stimulate growth, improve teaching & learning, and preparing learners to exceed expectations in their futures.
Patrick Kahoe has worked as a filmmaker for over 25 years. Although his work covers a variety of genres, for the last 7 years he has focused on educational media. He believes very strongly that interactive, or hyper-media has the power to transform educational experiences. His work has won 3 Emmy awards.
Candis is passionate about making a difference in the world around me. Education is one factor contributing to a life of opportunity. She seeks to assist others in gaining quality education and making choices that will enable them to feel and be successful.
Professor Kimberly Jacobs earned her Ph.D. in Postsecondary and Adult Education through Capella University. Professor Jacobs joined the American Public University System (then American Military University) in 1998. While serving as Department Head of General Education until 2001, she was instrumental in developing the University’s writing and literature curricula, in addition to developing, designing, and counseling students in Academic and Career Planning.
Stuart J. Sigman, PhD
As an academic leader, Stuart employs his understanding of communication and cultural systems to design and cultivate deeply rooted alignments (coherence) between Argosy’s academic offerings, the faculty and student experience, and the university’s operations that support its brand and value proposition in the marketplace.
Tamara Knupp is a manager of Instructional Materials at Strayer University. She earned her BA in Political Science and Government at Carson-Newman College, and has since taken on managerial roles at Edfinancial Services and, most recently, Strayer University.
Jeff currently leads an R&D group that uses open innovation, design thinking, and lean startup techniques to find what’s next and learn what works in education. Jeff also runs an EdTech incubator called DV X Labs, where they partner with the world’s smartest entrepreneurs to reimagine education for a digital age. Previously, Jeff served in a variety of product strategy and technology leadership roles at large global educational institutions, and worked as a researcher, tax policy analyst, revenue forecaster, and software engineer for the Texas legislature.
Dr. Karl Lawrence is dean of the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College. A trained financial economist, Dr. Lawrence previously served as associate dean of Business at Excelsior, chair of the Business and Economics Department at Fort Valley State University, and as an assistant finance professor at American University of the Middle East and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. From 1998 through 2002, he served as a finance instructor at Florida State University.
Building a winning product is difficult for any start up. How do I secure financing? Does my value proposition resonate? How do I access decision makers? Will my solution scale across the Institution? These are just a few of the questions that emerging Ed Techs must answer before they come to market. There is no shortage of new companies coming into the space and too many are missing the mark. Supporting our incubating Ed Techs is core to the NobleStream mission. If we are to assist in the acceleration of new solutions, we have to help prepare our budding visionaries for the realities of the higher education marketplace. While all eventualities can never be anticipated, many of them can be. The Webinar programs in “Incubator Alley” such as “Founder Visions” offer “start-ups” access to the insights of financiers and founders as they share their experiences launching their companies into the space. There is also an unprecedented opportunity to our start-ups who choose to attend our Institutional Lens webinar; here, key decision makers at some of the largest and most progressive institutions in the United States share their processes for evaluating new learning technologies. In total, attend NobleStream Incubator Alley webinars to learn about the path and destination from those who have walked it and succeeded.
In this webinar your leadership team will get a unique “lens” into the inner workings of institutions by speaking directly with the decision makers entrusted with evaluating your solution.
The NobleStream ecosystem offers our community a portfolio of Founders who have walked the road less travelled: the path that has lead to success.