Future-Proof Your Learning Infrastructure: Building An Architectural Foundation For A Next-Generation Learning Enterprise

Concurrent Session 4

Brief Abstract

Join LearningMate in a conversation about redesigning the online teaching and learning infrastructure to optimize content management and maximize program development.


Nachiket leads the Higher Education team at LearningMate Solutions, Inc. He works with institutions, curricular providers, and EdTech companies to craft new product strategies and revitalize existing offerings. As an educational technology professional, he brings over 18 years of experience in digital learning solutions encompassing eLearning, ePublishing, educational technology, and digital content workflow solutions. Nachiket is passionate about learning design, data analytics, and new technologies entering the higher education marketplace.
As the Vice President of Sales for Higher Education, Chris brings deep market knowledge and expertise to develop and execute a strategy that positions LearningMate as a leader and innovator within the Higher Education space. Combining LearningMate’s technology and services, Chris addresses and creates solutions to the most pressing needs that Higher Education institutions face today as it relates to scaling and innovating high-quality online programs. Prior to joining LearningMate, Chris held leadership positions at major publishing companies, including Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Cengage over the past 15 years. His passion for teaching and learning drives him daily to work internally and externally to create measurable solutions that impact teaching and learning at scale.
Dr Robin (Berenson) Johnston serves as Nexford’s Vice President of Academic Innovation. Throughout her career, Dr Johnston has held executive leadership positions in higher education, human resources, and healthcare. Prior to joining Nexford full time, Dr Johnston worked as a consultant for the university. Like Nexford, Robin was born to be different and make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout her academic career, Robin has been known as an innovator, disruptor, mentor, and transformer of higher education. She is passionate about lifelong learning, mentoring, and bridging the connection between education and the workforce. Her past experience includes the director of academic innovation for McGraw Hill Higher Education and associate dean for business at Excelsior College. She has served as dean, associate dean, program chair, professor, instructional designer, adjunct instructor for various online and traditional institutions, C-BEN member, and mentor and peer reviewer for the Online Learning Consortium. Dr Johnston lives in Venice, Florida and holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership, an MS in Human Resource Development and Management, a BA in Psychology, and is a certified job and career transition coach. She has published and presented on competency based education, student and faculty success and engagement, leadership, and emotional intelligence as a predictor for success in online learning.

Extended Abstract

Today's educational climate demands continuous improvement and efficient workflows. The use of digital content in online and traditional universities continues to rise, creating thousands of assets for institutions to manage. Updating and maintaining that content while managing an increasing repository of digital assets requires a strong digital infrastructure.

In this session, join LearningMate as they discuss the challenges today’s institutions face in managing digital learning content. You’ll also hear how institutional partners are solving their virtual campus challenges.

Discussion topics will range from creating efficient content development and revision workflows, leveraging electronic content management systems to author, discover, manage and publish content, as well as strategies to optimize content management, standardize processes, and maximize efficiencies in program development. The discussion will also answer the following questions:

  • How do we engage the rapid cycle of innovation in learning technologies happening around us?
  • What can the enterprise do to enable and embrace this innovation without risking core operations?
  • What measures and data should we be looking at to make decisions about improving or replacing curriculum?
  • What can we do from a content architecture perspective to future proof our learning resources?

LearningMate will delve into these questions as they outline a next-generation architecture for a digital-first institution.