Tuesday, April 8, 2014 • 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Professor in Residence, Department of Anthropology and Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and international expert on mobile technologies and new digital media in everyday life.
Today’s learners are immersed in an abundance of information, media and ubiquitous social connection. Despite unprecedented access to educational resources and expertise, our research found only a small minority of young learners leveraging new media to further academic and career relevant learning or their civic engagement. How can we best guide, mentor, and teach young people in this era of abundant knowledge and connectivity? Can new media build stronger connections between in school and out of school learning? And how can we do this in a way that supports the interests and identities of all learners? Connected learning offers a model for how to leverage new technology in ways that serve progressive learning goals, linking young people’s academic, social, and recreational lives.
About Mimi Ito: Mimi Ito is an international expert on how people use mobile technologies and new digital media in their everyday lives. A cultural anthropologist of technology use, she also is a leading authority on how social network technologies are shaping society.
Dr. Ito has been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning. Created in 2009 from an endowment fund originally established by the MacArthur Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley, the digital media and learning initiative aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life.
Mimi co-led the Digital Youth Project, a landmark study of the ways youth use new media funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The study explores how kids engage with and play with new media in their everyday lives and how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life. She co-authored the book based on the study, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.
Mimi is an expert on the content of children’s educational games and software, their production, distribution, and marketing, and how children use them in play. She has researched a wide range of other digitally-augmented social practices, including online gaming and social communities.
She also specializes in amateur culture production, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) media cultures, and peer-to-peer learning. She is one of the organizers of 24/7: A DIY Video Summit, that showcases current developments in digital video production, focusing on amateur production, remix, and Internet distribution. The Summit was a project of the University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy, School of Cinematic Arts.
She has worked at the Institute for Research and Learning, Xerox PARC, Tokyo University, the National Institute for Educational Research in Japan, and Apple Computer.
In addition to the MacArthur Foundation, Mimi Ito has received research grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Vodafone Group Foundation, NTT DoCoMo, the Abe Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, and the Reischauer Institute.
Campus Technology Forum Closing Keynote
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
"Five Steps for Achieving Learning Analytics Success"
Partner and Senior Analyst
Sage Road Solutions, LLC
Analytics have ramped up everyone's expectations for accountability, transparency and quality. This session highlights key lessons learned by post-secondary institutions that have made the commitment to being "data-ready" and shares five important steps leaders can take to maximize probabilities for institutional and student success.
About Ellen Wagner: Dr. Wagner is Partner and Senior Analyst for Sage Road Solutions, LLC. She is responsible for learning industry intelligence, briefings, enablement and executive solutions and services. In this capacity, she represents the interests of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education while serving as the Executive Director of WICHE's Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET).
She is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and before that was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. Prior to working in software solutions marketing and product development, Dr. Wagner was Chief Learning Officer and Director of Education for Viviance new education, a Swiss-based eLearning company with offices in 10 North American and European countries. She was Chief Learning Officer and VP of consulting services for Informania, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Viviance.
Before joining the private sector, Dr. Wagner was a tenured university professor and administrator and held such positions as Chair of the Educational Technology Program at the University of Northern Colorado, Academic Affairs Coordinator of Instructional and Research Technologies and Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education. She was also Visiting Scholar and Project Director at the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunication, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder,and an M.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
AAEEBL Track Opening Keynote
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 • 10:20 am - 11:10 am
"Paving Learning Pathways"
Academic Director and co-Director for Research
About Gary Brown: Gary Brown is the academic director and co-director for research for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Gary has been involved educational technologies since the '80s. He has been a National Learning Communities Fellow, a leader assessing critical thinking, and, in collaboration with EDUCAUSE, he helped lead the Transformative Assessment Practices (TAPS) project.
Gary has also worked on the assessment of outcomes and costs of educational innovations, and he served for many years as the assessment editor for Innovate, one of the first peer-reviewed online journals. Gary has received seven awards for best research, and he was a recipient of the Pacific Northwest's first annual award for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.