Introducing Digital Learning Technologies on Your Campus

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Brief Abstract

Digital learning innovations can increase access and student success while lowering college costs. In this workshop, receive support for all stages of planning, adopting and evaluating digital courseware or adaptive learning initiatives. Discover the latest research on learning technologies’ impacts and resources to navigate digital courseware selection and implementation. Don’t miss hands-on demonstrations of digital learning solutions!

***Interested in attending this workshop?  Please email to inquire about attending.***


Brian, Director, Program Management & Design Initiatives for the New Media Consortium, adamantly believes that if teaching is boring then it is even more so for the students. He has a strong interest in new pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning and how technology can play a role. Brian loves to empower the community with knowledge, skills and technology that heighten their academic and personal livelihoods and make teaching & learning fun and innovative. He utilizes his 15 years of experience to inspire future educators as a network faculty in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

Extended Abstract

About the Workshop:

Attendees are advised to bring their own computer or tablet. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. After the workshop concludes, participants are invited to an offsite mixer. Come raise a glass to a day of learning and discovery!

Elements of the workshop:

1. Opening Remarks

Presenter: Casey Green, ACAO Digital Fellows Project

Casey Green will present a discussion on innovation and infrastructure, surfacing issues and opportunities for educational entrepreneurs with focus on the rising institutional pressure to manifest returns on technology investments while improving the student user experience and increasing academic outcomes. Casey will also briefly review the events planned for the day and rally excitement among the attendees to prepare them to bring digital learning initiatives back to their own campus!

2. Understanding the Variable Effects of Digital Learning

Presenter: Vanessa Peters, SRI International

In this talk, we present a framework for characterizing essential features of digital learning features, implementation practices, and conditions. We also summarize the research evidence with respect to the learning impacts of specific technology features.

3. Why Digital Learning

Presenter: Renee Franzwa, Head of Engagement, EdSurge

Join the EdSurge team for an hands-on workshop digging into 'the why' of digital learning.  We'll explore what problems you are trying to solve for your institutions and how digital learning practices and products can be leveraged to increase the quality and accessibility of learning for students.

4. Using the CWiC Framework from Courseware Selection through Evaluation

Presenters: Gates Bryant, Tyton Partners; Karl Rectanus, Lea(R)n

During this interactive session, you'll learn how the CWiC Framework can be used to improve courseware implementations through its application in two key steps in the adoption cycle: product selection and evaluation.

5. Defining “Exemplary” in the Digital Courseware Landscape

Presenter: Nori Barajas-Murphy, OLC

The project director of OLC’s Digital Learning Innovation Award will discuss findings from the inaugural 2016 awards, highlighting differences between institutional initiatives and those led by faculty members at the program or course level. The talk will also examine trends in current digital courseware implementations and identify themes illustrating barriers faced by underrepresented students across institution types.

6. Explore Innovations in Digital Learning

This serves as an opportunity for attendees to leverage the knowledge gained throughout the workshop to engage in deeper conversations and participate in hands-on demonstrations with digital courseware providers, who are creating learning solutions with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge, and gain insight from institutional partners implementing these technologies on their campus. Representatives from a project examining student impact will also be on hand.



Representatives: Nic Rebne, VP of Sales; Cecil Banhan, VP of Sales and Buisness Development; and Sabrina Fuchs, Sales & Marketing Manager; CogBooks

CogBooks’ adaptive learning system empowers instructors with the tools and support they need to create individualized learning experiences for their student to drive student success, retention and engagement.

Lumen Learning

Representatives: Julie Curtis, VP Strategy & Communication, Lumen Learning; Kelly Gillerlain, Professor of Business, Tidewater Community College

Lumen Learning's Waymaker courseware combines OER content with personalized learning tools for students and faculty that develop metacognitive abilities by providing students with relevant information about their learning, choices about what to do next to develop mastery, and real-time feedback on how their learning is progressing.

Smart Sparrow

Representative: David Schonstein, Inspark Science Teaching Network Director

Driven by the Inspark Teaching Network, in collaboration with the Center for Education Through eXploration at ASU (ETX) and Smart Sparrow, BioBeyond is an innovative, next-generation science course and a unique application of education theory, powered by cutting-edge adaptive technology that can scale to thousands of students at once.

Use Cases of Digital Learning in Higher Ed

Representatives: Ilona Chebotareva and Kristin Powers, Intentional Futures

Get early insight into the trends of digital learning implementations and contribute to the research on how digital learning is impacting students.


Representatives: Danielle Nicholson, Marketing Director, OpenStax

Combining OpenStax peer-reviewed textbook content–reading, simulations, videos, and assessment–with spaced practice and machine learning algorithms, OpenStax Tutor is a personalized learning tool that helps students focus their studying efforts and gives instructors greater insight into student performance.


Representatives: Eric Frank, CEO, Acrobatiq; Bill Jerome, VP of User Experience, Acrobatiq
Academic institutions use Acrobatiq’s On Track to Graduate enterprise platform, content (optional), and services to design and deliver high impact, personalized curriculum that produces rich learning data for more timely and targeted student interventions; continuous and data-validated improvements to course content; and improved retention, persistence and course completion rates.