As SXSWedu approaches, we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Austin for what promises to be an informative, eye-opening, and fun conference.

While we’re there, we’ll be hosting three unique sessions designed to inform and inspire you. We would love to see you there!

We also welcome you to follow and join the conversation on social media! Use #SXSWDigEdu for our conversation about “Students Unfiltered,” and use #SXSWeduLO for the discussions on “Authentic Capability Transcripts” and “Innovation Without Compromise,” featuring leaders from Learning Objects.

Students Unfiltered: Digital in the Classroom

Monday, March 7
5:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J
There is a multitude of digital tools available to students aimed at increasing engagement and improving student outcomes. But are students using these tools, and to what extent? Forget the BS, drop the sales pitch and join an interactive conversation that brings students—the most important part of the equation—to the spotlight. This session will seek to understand how technology’s increasingly important role in the classroom impacts students. By asking critical questions, the conversation will help uncover what students want and don’t want from digital and how to best integrate digital tools into the curriculum, ultimately resulting in higher engagement and better student outcomes.

The panel will be moderated by Zak Malamed, Executive Director of Student Voice. Panelists include:

  • Matt Bilotti, Student, Global Officer, Student Investor at Northeastern University
  • Elana Golub, Student, Journalist at Northwestern University
  • JoAnna Zalkovsky, Student, Navarro College


Authentic Capability Transcripts

Wednesday, March 9
1:00PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B
Hosted by Cengage Learning: See a demonstration of Learning Objects’ collaborative work with UMUC and IMS Global to create an authentic, evidence-based (rather than activity-based) transcript. Reimagine the transcript as a real-time capability dashboard and evidence repository for learners as they pursue their career and life goals.

Presenter: Jonathan Mott, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects Inc.

Innovation Without Compromise

Wednesday, March 9
3:00PM – 3:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B
Expectations around the learning experience have skyrocketed in recent years. Personalized learning can achieve improved student outcomes, but innovators are often faced with limiting choices: not the learning experience you want, or not the solution you can afford. Too many systems arbitrarily force either-or design choices. What’s missing is an open, ecosystem-based approach to digital learning solutions. Layered learning design is such an approach. This session will describe layered design, a software best practice applied to courseware and learning solutions. It will showcase examples of how to apply layered design to learning products, courseware and competency-based systems.

Presenter: William Hughes, Chief Strategy Officer, Learning Objects Inc.

We want to hear from you! What questions do you have for our student panel on digital in the classroom? Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SXSWDigEdu.


Follow and join in on the conversation with Learning Objects using the hashtag #SXSWeduLO.