SXSWedu 2017: March 6-9 in Austin, TX (Mon- Thurs)

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival brings together a diverse community of education stakeholders to celebrate learning. Visitors will enjoy compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities and networking.

In attendance each year are higher ed administrators and instructors, publishers, students, non-profit and government organizations, k-12 professionals and many more. Cengage will be hosting five sessions at this year’s SXSWedu conference–we hope you can join us.

Monday, March 6

11-11:30 am –  Show & Tell: Building Flipped Curriculum to Enliven Intro Psych (Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B)

Speakers: Erin Doppke, Cengage Mgr of Instructional Design
Jason Denison, Arizona State University – Technology Coord EdPlus

Speakers will explore challenges and opportunities to consider when building a flipped, adaptive introductory psychology course at Arizona State University.

Facilitators will share implementation models, implementation costs and other resource implications.

3-3:30 pm – Show & Tell: Reinventing Higher Ed: Credits to Competencies (Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B)

Speaker: Jon Mott, Learning Objects – Chief Learning Officer

Reinventing college requires a mindset shift from seat time to capabilities. Learning Objects provides an end-to-end competency framework and related services.

LO supports backward design, prior learning assessment, competency-based learning, alternative credentialing and competency-based transcripting.

Tuesday, March 7

11am – 12pm – Getting High School Dropouts to Drop Back In (Austin Convention Center – Room 12AB)

Speakers: Dr Howard Liebman, Smart Horizons Career Online Education – Founder
George Miller, Cengage – Former US Rep & Sr Education Advisor
Lisa Schumacher, McDonald’s Corporation – Dir of Education Strategies
Ron Stefanski, ed2go / Cengage – Exec Dir/Strategic Alliances

This panel will discuss challenges & rewards of creating innovative programs in both the corporate & public sectors, including the Detroit Collective Impact–Pathway to Education & Work and McDonald’s employee programs that have made a difference. #dropbackin

3-3:30pm – Show & Tell: Developing Assessment-Based Degree Pathways (Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B

Speakers: Chris Cummings, Cengage – VP of Institutional Prod & Solution Design
Nurit Sonnenschein, Excelsior College – GM

Featuring the trials, tribulations and success of an innovative partnership between Excelsior College and Cengage, learn about an effort to open the doors for anyone desiring a flexible and low-cost way to earn college credits, enhancing their skills and career opportunities.

Thursday, March 9

9:30-10:30am – A Debate on “Open” Educational Resources (Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J)

Speakers: Cheryl Costantini, Cengage – VP Content Strategy
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education – Sr Writer
Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning – Co-Founder & CEO
Mark Johnson, San Jacinto College – Dean
Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education – Group Pres, US Education, McGraw-Hill Education

This session will feature a friendly debate between publishers and leaders of the open-resources community on the pros and cons of this growing movement.

With audience input, we’ll probe how the approach aims to save students money and whether that comes at some educational cost.

*Times are CST

Interested in meeting with Cengage leaders and speakers onsite or setting up a media interview? If so, please contact Kristina Massari at Kristina.massari@cengage.com.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest from the conference @CengageLearning and @LearningObjects and use #SXSWedu.