We’re excited for EDUCAUSE this week – one of the biggest conferences convening higher education and IT professionals and vendors. For people who work, think, eat, and breathe at the intersections of higher education and technology, it’s like a five-day Christmas.
With over 500 sessions over five days, choosing how to spend your time can be…overwhelming, as an understatement. But there are certain topics that have emerged as the essential conversations to hone in on: cloud computing, predictive analytics, and big data.
We’ve put together our top 6 picks for the most exciting, mind-expanding workshops, panels, and sessions at #EDU17 for Thursday, November 2.
8:00am – 8:30am ET | Meeting Room 108A, 100 Level | Breakout session
Your students deserve the highest quality advising that you can give them – and, today, that involves cutting-edge technology. That means using real-time job market analytics to help advisors steer students towards a surefire job, and to help instructors plan relevant curricula. The session will be led by Eric Wellnitz and Raymond Blackwood of Campus Management Corp.
11:30am – 12:30pm ET | Learning Theater, Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level | Breakout session
You can barely walk five feet at EDUCAUSE 2017 without hearing the word “cloud.” This session – for cloud technology veterans and newbies – will help you understand the real ways that cloud technology is revolutionizing higher education. It’s led by Amazon Web Services and leaders from Instructure, Vocareum, and Triseum: Melissa Loble, Sanjay Srivastava, Andre Thomas, and Kam Syed.
12:15pm – 1:15pm ET | Exhibit Hall A-C, 200 Level | Poster session
Accessibility has always been crucial – students increasingly choose a school based on its resources for mentally and physically disabled students. But sometimes accessibility gets lost in the conversations about instructional technology. We focus so much on providing the “right” educational technology for the “average student” without considering the broad range of students’ needs and abilities. This poster session, by Dean Brusnighan and Margaret Wu, shares strategies for the development and implementation of accessibility plans.
1:30pm – 2:20pm ET | Meeting Room 113B, 100 Level | Breakout Session
Are augmented reality, 3D modeling, and virtual reality more than just a gimmick? Could they actually be game-changing tools for learning? Keeping students engaged has always meant being abreast of the newest technology, and deploying it in ways that the academy hasn’t seen before. Check out this session on how Yale and HP partnered to create the Yale University’s Blended Reality Applied Research Project, presented by John Eberhart, Johannes DeYoung, Gus Schmedlen, and Randall Rode.
2:40pm – 3:30pm ET | Exhibit Hall D, 200 Level | Featured Session
The prevailing myth is that algorithms are impartial, utterly logical, and devoid of the bias that humans fall prey to. In actuality, algorithms are equally (if not more) riddled with race, class, and gender-based bias. We’re excited for this session on Google search and algorithmic bias by University of Southern California assistant professor, Safiya Noble.
4:30pm – 5:20pm ET | Meeting Room 204B, 200 Level | Breakout Session
Balancing big data collection with student privacy is one of the most intractable dilemmas facing higher education institutions. How do you balance the revolutionary potential of big data collection and deployment, with student trust? The answer, we think, is in proven outcomes: if students can see the tangible ways that big data benefits them – jobs, internships, and real-time feedback on their academic behaviour – they’ll be more open to big data collection. Check out this breakout session by University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Brent Drake, and Purdue University’s Jason Fish.