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In these one-hour events hosted in Zoom, a panel primes your creative thinking by sharing their perspectives on an action needed to shape the best future for education. Then you break out into small teams to begin creating your own ideas and strategies for moving the needle of progress at your organization.

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Upcoming Events

May 15, 2019 @ 1pm US Pacific Time: Town Hall -- Communique Release and Calls to Action

This event marks the official release of the 2019 ShapingEDU Communique, chronicling the top themes from our annual event which are setting our course for the year ahead. Are you new to the ShapingEDU Community and want to know what we're all about? Or, did you participate in the 2019 ShapingEDU Unconference in March and need a recap? Don't miss our annual catch-up event where community leaders will share their perspectives and then we'll talk next steps for ShapingEDU's 2019-20 slate of programming and projects. Learn how YOU can get involved! All education changemaking friends and colleagues are welcome to this Town Hall-style event.

May 28, 2019 @ 2pm US Pacific Time: Innovating Artificial Intelligence Applications 

Artificial intelligence (AI) encompasses machines, systems, and applications that increasingly resemble humans in their ability to learn and make decisions. For education, AI holds potential to more intuitively respond to learner needs through advising, tutoring, and delivering content -- while illuminating engagement insights to instructors and institutions. Emerging learning approaches stand to benefit from AI for more efficient and sophisticated assessment. AI is now evolving to enhance human work. So, how can AI be leveraged, in tandem with human capacity, to deepen learning and student success in the near- and long-term? How can we mitigate pressing social issues of ethics and bias? Hear from a panel of experts and weigh in with your own questions and ideas!


  • Mariano A. Loza-Coll, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, California State University, Northridge
  • Deborah Cooke, Instructional Designer / Product Development,  Academic Programs, Western Governors University
  • Lindsey Frierson, Solution Engineer, Salesforce.org
  • John Rome, Deputy CIO, Data Stewardship, Augmented Analytics, and BI, Arizona State University
  • Nancy Rubin, Dean, Continuing Education & Distance Education, Northwestern Health Sciences University

June 27, 2019 @ 8am US Pacific Time: Embedding Data-Driven Approaches for Student Success

Data warehouses in education are mostly used for unit and institutional reporting needs. Institutions collect a bevy of student data to inform teaching and learning strategies; however, the risk of poor evaluation benchmarks and misinterpretation can lead to bad decisions. For example, a visit to a course page is not an adequate measure of learning engagement. Further, data often resides in institutional silos, not painting a holistic picture of student success. In the next phase of embedding data-driven approaches for student success, higher education must pinpoint the right questions before seeking answers in data. What are genuine measures of student success and how can institutions establish processes to capture, analyze, and securely share such data? Hear from a panel of experts and bring your burning questions.


  • Colleen Carmean, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Dave Kil, Chief Data Scientist, Civitas Learning
  • Tanya Joosten, Co-Director and Principal Investigator at National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) / Director of Digital Learning Research and Development, Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jenna Olsen, Data Analyst, Western Governors University
  • Mike Sharkey, Consultant, Data Stewardship, Augmented Analytics, and Business Intelligence, Arizona State University


Past Events
June 2018Intro to ShapingEDU: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Panelists: Alexandra Pickett (Open SUNY); Eva de Lera (Learning Voices); Kim Flintoff (Curtin University); Lev Gonick (ASU);

Host: Samantha Becker (ASU).

July 25, 2018, @ 9 AM Central US Time: Promoting Access and Equity

The promise of educational technology as a force for access and equity has become a double-edged sword. Over the past 25 years, edtech has lowered the cost and opened new avenues for learning while exacerbating the divide between those with and without access. Institutional success is often measured by who is excluded from enrolling in the journey to advance learning and opportunity; selectivity excludes tens of millions of people, impacting minorities, regions, and workforce needs due to unequal access. Learning institutions and organizations have a social responsibility to blaze a path for learners of all backgrounds to attain their goals. Join a panel of subject matter experts who are effectively promoting access and equity in their learning environments -- and then join the discussions to strategize how to make improvements in your setting.


  • Sue Cranmer, Lecturer in Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of Lancaster

  • Loida Garcia-Febo, President-Elect, American Library Association (ALA)

  • John Ittleson, Professor Emeritus, CSU Monterey Bay

  • Patrice Prusko, Assistant Director, Learning Design Team, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Karen Swift, Head of Department, Business and Digital Technologies, James Nash High School

  • Host: Samantha Becker (ASU)

August 21, 2018 @ 5pm US Central Time: Connecting Education and the Workforce of the Future

Education and the needs of the economy are intrinsically and inextricably linked. Predictions of the emergent machine learning economy’s impact on the future of work oscillate between utopian and dystopian scenarios. There are too few strategic conversations and associated planning about the role of education in this picture. Those charged with integrating technology into learning experiences today must help ascribe meaning to the products and services for tomorrow’s economic and workforce needs. Meanwhile, current and emergent industry leaders hiring graduates must convey the skills needed for career success to inform learning design. Both education and industry leaders must champion extraordinary and ongoing professional development. In this ShapingEDU LIVE session, Join subject matter experts from around the world to hear perspectives and approaches for better connecting education experiences to workforce needs.


  • Deepti Sawhney, CEO & Founder, Mahattattva
  • I-Pang Fu, Learning Innovation Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jonathan Nalder, Mission Commander, futurewe.org
  • Jake Hirsch-Allen, Economic Graph and Learning Solutions for Higher Education Lead, LinkedIn
  • Emily Wray, Course Director, Full Sail University


September 27, 2018 @ 5pm Central US Time: Building Constellations of Innovation


Too often our human networks are parochial and insular; participating organizations are similar in composition and mission, causing innovation to become stagnant in an echo chamber without diversity of perspective and thought. The concept of constellations expands the group dynamic to include a wider variety of individuals and organizations from different sectors or with different focuses, spurring participants to learn from each other and push the envelope past comfortable modes of thinking. During this online event, a panel subject matter experts will share their perspectives about how we an evolve existing networks and build new ones to resemble constellations of innovation.



  • Cristiana Assumpção, STEAM and Educational Technology Director, Earth2Class, Columbia University / Consultoria EDUC'4X100
  • Angela Gunder,  Director of Instructional Design & Curriculum Development, University of Arizona
  • David Thomas, Director of Academic Technology, University of Colorado Denver | Anchutz Medical Campus


November 6, 2018 @ 4pm US Central Time: Recognizing All Forms of Learning

To remain relevant, higher education must champion lifelong learning, which entails informal learning experiences and professional development. A growing emphasis on competency mastery over seat time means there is more to the journey than the traditional degree. Developments in micro-credentialing and digital badging are forging new pathways for learners to demonstrate and gain formal recognition for upskilling in flexible, shorter courses, with industry supporting continuous learning through professional development programming. How can we integrate a wider variety of learning experiences into institutions in ways that lead to learner success and relevant workforce development? Join us as subject matter experts share their perspectives and considerations for better recognizing learning, wherever and however it occurs. 


  • Lisa Gustinelli, Director of Instructional Technology, St. Vincent Ferrer School
  • Rowan de Faria, Director, Herberger Online Learning, Arizona State University
  • Tracy Petrillo, Chief Learning Officer, Construnction Specifications Institute
  • Meredith Toth, Assistant Dean, Digital Learning, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
  • David Vidal, Educational Project Manager, Aonia Nueva Educación (Spain)

December 13, 2018 @ 9AM US Mountain Time: Personalizing Learning

The promise of personalized learning is now more than 25 years in the making, aiming to meet individual learner needs, wherever they are, to help them create and achieve their goals while attaining established learning outcomes. Convergences in learning analytics, blockchain, machine learning, and adaptive learning are making it possible for institutions to understand each learner’s needs and respond with timely resources, interventions, and experiences. The same technological capabilities can enable learners to take even more ownership of their educational pathways. Participate in a discussion with a panel of experts on their dreams for personalized learning, how to do it, and how it drive it to scale.


  • Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation at California Community Colleges
  • Dale Johnson, Adaptive Program Manager, EdPlus, Arizona State University
  • Megan Linos, Director of Learning Experience Design and Online Education at the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), University of California Irvine
  • Heather McCullough, Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, UNC Charlotte


January 24, 2019: Humanizing Learning


With institutions scaling their hybrid and fully online programs, digital evaluation techniques tend to be  generic communications and postings that feel mechanical, impersonal, and often times alienating. Humanizing learning refers to faculty, instructors, and even next generation bots integrating intentional empathetic and authentic personal touches in course communications and materials that make learners feel welcome, supported, and understood. Hear from a panel of experts their perspectives on definitions of and approaches for humanizing learning in a range of learning environments.





February 28, 2019 @ 11am US Mountain Time: Bolstering Intergenerational Leadership for Learning Futures

Learners are the ultimate stakeholders in higher education, but too often vision and strategy activities exclude them. Many of the leaders shaping the future of learning may not be present to feel the effects of their decisions. Creating opportunities for voices of all ages and multiple generations to come together towards addressing complex needs and challenges is key. Further, bridges must be built to find and empower the next generation of higher education technology leaders. How can we continuously illuminate and develop younger voices in higher education? Hear from a panel of experts their perspectives on definitions of and approaches for including intergenerational voices in leadership and the design of learning futures.


  • Mark Fink, Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Ithaca College
  • Casey Green, Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project
  • Holly Ludgate, Director, Full Sail Labs, Full Sail University
  • Susan Metros, Founder and Principal, Metros Consulting



March 28, 2019 @ 2pm US Pacific Time: Fostering Immersive Learning


Extended Reality (XR) learning, the vision of  encompassing virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality to transport learners to any setting to interact authentically with their surroundings is a powerful framing for shaping the future of education. At present, the technology itself can be cost-prohibitive for enterprise adoption and individual student purchase, but has vast potential for increasing engagement and access to high-quality learning experiences. There are also vital policy considerations, such as ethics and safety. How can immersive experiences be created, scaled, and evaluated for their efficacy in improving learning and learning outcomes? Learn from a panel of subject matter experts.




  • Emory Craig, Director, eLearning, The College of New Rochelle / Co-Founder, DigitalBodies.net
  • Maya Georgieva, Director, Digital Learning, The New School / Co-Founder, DigitalBodies.net
  • Mina Johnson, Research Professor, Arizona State University / President, Embodied Games LLC
  • Anne Keehn, Founder & CEO, Quantum Thinking
  • Lorenzo Vallone, Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, Xennial Digital