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The Future of Technology In Higher Education

  • WeWork Richmond Street 240 Richmond Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 0H5 Canada (map)

Exploring the future of technology in higher education.

This discussion explores the technology adoption process in Ontario's post-secondary institutions to determine the factors driving technology acquisition, policies, and education leaders' decision-making process behind the implementation of educational technology.


MC: Allister Geonanga — Founder, EdHackersTO

Allister currently leads a team of designers and developers to create digital educational tools and apps to innovate the learning experience for students. He is also a grade 6 teacher in the Toronto District School Board. Allister holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching from the University of Toronto.

Keynote Speaker: Lena Patterson — Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations, eCampusOntario

Lena has been a part of the eCampusOntario team since the organization opened shop in August 2015. She worked closely with the government to establish the consortium model in Ontario and now heads up a growing project team in her role as Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations. Lena focuses on cross-pollination, collaboration and the promotion of open education, access and innovation in online and technology-enabled teaching and learning across the province. Lena has an MA from Dalhousie University and is a student in the Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program at Western University. You can find her on Twitter and blogging at The Masthead.

Moderator: Keith Hampson — Co-Founder, HigherEdManagement.Net

Dr Keith Hampson crafts potent strategies for the digital higher education industry. Current and prior engagements with government agencies, edtech startups, educational institutions, and major corporations across North America include Cengage (US), the Council of Ontario Universities, Northeastern University, eCampus Ontario, Flat World Knowledge, Capella University, Bertelsmann AG, McGraw-Hill Education, and Nelson Education.

Panelist: Martin Basiri — CEO & Co-Founder, ApplyBoard

Martin is CEO and Co-Founder of ApplyBoard. He started ApplyBoard in 2015 and grew the team to 65 people located in 5 countries in the world. ApplyBoard is an online marketplace for international students to find and apply to the best universities in Canada and the US.

Panelist: Anna Boyden — Director, Digital Learning Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Anna joined the Government of Ontario as the Director of the Digital Learning Policy Branch in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in March, 2018. As the newest branch in the ministry, Anna and her team are undertaking policy development that fosters the continued growth of high quality digital learning in the province while always keeping the student experience at its heart. Prior to joining TCU, Anna was the Director of Digital Learning with The Royal Conservatory of Music and has held faculty and instructor positions at the University of Saskatchewan and Western University respectively.

Panelist: Andres Santiago — CEO, Jump! Education

Andres is CEO of Jump!, the Jump! career advancement platform aims to help undergraduates, graduates and professionals better navigate the changing landscape of the workforce so that they can better make appropriate decision in their career when in comes to education, training and switching jobs. Andres is a dynamic Entrepreneur and Product Strategist with more than 7 years of experience in the EdTech sector.

Panelist: Aliza Lakhani — CEO, Northeastern University Toronto

Aliza is CEO and Dean of Northeastern University Toronto. Headquartered in Boston and ranked Top 40 by US News, Northeastern University is a leader in experiential education and lifelong learning. Toronto is Northeastern’s first international campus, and part of the network of campuses across North America - other physical campuses include Boston, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Charlotte.

Demo of the Night: Notetonic — Adnan and Azmat Zuberi, Co-Founders

Notetonic's AI connects students to the right concepts from our digital library in real-time to help students keep up with class. Student interaction with these concepts provides real-time analytics of learning gaps. Adnan is leading academic partnerships, product design and how student interaction with concepts provide meaningful learning analytics to educators. Azmat is pioneering how AI connects students to the right concepts and resources in real-time to help them keep up with class. As a Technologist, he worked at a K-12 school in Toronto and more recently as a web developer for the Ontario government.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration + Refreshments

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM edNEST Welcome & Overview

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM Community Shoutouts

6:30 PM - 6:55 PM Keynote

6:55 PM - 7:00 PM Break

7:00 PM - 7:40 PM Panel and Q&A

7:40 PM - 7:50 PM Demo of the Night

7:50 PM - 9:00 PM Open Networking

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