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Pearson announces EDUCAUSE conference 2016 lineup

Pearson’s “Programmed for Possible” theme focuses on ways the transition to digital is transforming higher education.

Today, Pearson announced its lineup for EDUCAUSE 2016, as part of its “Programmed for Possible” theme for the conference. The theme highlights how technology is putting access to quality learning experiences within reach of every student in programs across the country. Company thought leaders and educational partners will discuss how the transition to digital is transforming higher education.

Presentations will feature institutions that are improving access, achievement and affordability through the Digital Direct Access model, which also provides educators with valuable insights into learning activity through data and analytics, as well as those that are leveraging key learning design principles to improve their digital learning environments. Other sessions will showcase colleges and universities that are implementing innovative online learning programs that accelerate employability. In addition, announcements will highlight new partnerships to provide colleges and universities with innovative immersive technologies that increase student engagement and transform the learning experience.

WHAT: EDUCAUSE, October 25-28, Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), 800 West Katella Avenue, Pearson Booth #1301.

WHO: College and university educators and administrators with a focus on teaching and learning, administration, instructional technology, information technology infrastructure, information systems or information technology leadership.

Transition to Digital Summit
Tuesday, Oct.25, 1-5 p.m. p.m., Anaheim Marriott
What: This highly interactive event will bring together academic leaders and bookstore directors from across the country to explore ways in which institutions are solving the access, affordability, and achievement gaps by transitioning to digital delivery of course materials.

Presenters: Sandra Erhorn, bookstore and auxiliary liaison, academic technology services, Office of the Chancellor, The California State University; Candice Jackson, acting vice president for academic affairs, general counsel, Office of the President, Kentucky State University; Bob Butterfield, instructional resource services director, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Jai Kumar, bookstore director, Canada College; David Kent, director of VolShop (university bookstore), University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Mark Goodner, lead business Analyst – IU eTexts, Indiana University Bloomington; Greg Fenton, CEO, Red Shelf; Stephanie Duguid, assistant dean of academic instruction, Copiah-Lincoln Community College; and Kate McKain, vice president, data informed services, Pearson.

Accelerating Employability for Adult Learners through Innovative Online Learning Partnerships
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ACC Meeting Room 210C
What: The “new normal” student is a 25 year-old (plus) working adult, seeking to further their education, or gain valuable skills to keep them employed. In this session, attendees will learn how Eastern Gateway Community College is addressing the needs of adult learners through an innovative online learning program.

Presenters: Todd Hitchcock, chief operating officer, Pearson Online Learning Services & Embanet; Dr. Jimmie Bruce, president, Eastern Gateway Community College; and Dr. Ken Knox, provost, Eastern Gateway Community College.

It’s a Matter of Principles: Designing for Next Generation Learning
Thursday, Oct. 27, 8-8:50 a.m., ACC Meeting Room 210C
What: In this interactive session, attendees will be introduced to a ground-breaking set of learning design principles, based on a new white paper from Pearson, and learn how they can help drive the next generation of digital learning tools and courseware.

Presenters: Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., associate professor, computing, informatics and decision systems engineering and director of the innovative learner and user experience lab, Arizona State University; and David Porcaro, director of learning capabilities design, Pearson. Moderator: Curtiss Barnes, managing director, global product management and design, Pearson.

IBM Watson: Building a World Class Ecosystem for Higher Education
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1:30-2:20 p.m, ACC Meeting Room 303A
What: IBM’s cognitive platform Watson represents the new paradigm in the computing era. It is fundamentally transforming industries and their daily operations, including higher education. This session will explore the possibilities of Watson in higher ed and early use cases and share the latest thinking on industry strategy to adopt and leverage Watson.

Presenters: Katie Blot, chief strategy officer, global services division management, Blackboard; Doug Hunt, Watson Global Education Leader, IBM; Chalapathy Neti, vice president, education innovation, IBM; Mike King, vice president, global education industry, IBM; Angie McAllister, senior vice president, personalized learning and analytics, Pearson.

For a list of sessions and demos, as well as more information on Pearson at EDUCAUSE, visit

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About Pearson
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