Featured Sessions

Join us in these sessions at the ASU+GSV Summit as we dive into in critical conversations around driving sustainable education and talent innovation.

Pearson’s Emerging Technology Showcase features the cutting-edge work Pearson and partners are collaborating on to improve access and affordability for students and our ground-breaking alliances that are working to solve some of the world’s biggest problems in education.

View the Emerging Technology Showcase Agenda

Main Stage

Luyen Chou

May 8, 2017

Play it Smart: Games and Neuroscience Making an Impact (Finally) in Education and Talent

10:00-11:00 AM, Imperial Ballroom A, Grand America Hotel

Moderator: Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson

Panelists:

  • Frida Polli, CEO, Pymetrics
  • Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Vikas Gupta, CEO, Wonder Workshop
  • Michelle Dauphiny Becker, Executive Producer, Minecraft: Education Edition

AR/VR, games, Invisible Learning, Neuroscience, Peer to Peer, IOT, Marketplaces are all the “new new things.” Are they fads or will they have real impact?

Tim Bozik

May 10, 2017

Shifting Tectonic Plates: Major Moves in “Smart” Technology by the Smart Money

3:00-4:00 PM, Imperial Ballroom A, Grand America Hotel

Moderator: Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, US News and World Report

Panelists:

  • Tim Bozik, President, Global Product, Pearson
  • Mike King, Vice President and General Manager, Global Education Industry, IBM
  • John Couch, Vice President of Education, Apple, Inc.
  • William L. Ballhaus, CEO and President, Blackboard Inc

As the plates have shifted, education and talent have become larger and more attractive markets for the major tech players. What does the activity of these players mean for a startup? For market growth? For product outcomes? How are they leveraging AI, personalization, AR/VR, neuroscience, et al. What are their key challenges and opportunities in this market?

Post-Secondary Program

Tom Malek

May 8, 2017

The Future of Publishing is Now

3:00-4:00 PM, Imperial Ballroom D, Grand America Hotel

Moderator: Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Panelists:

  • Tom Malek, SVP, Head of Partnerships, Pearson
  • Mike Silagadze, CEO, TopHat
  • Mike Hale, Vice President, Education, VitalSource Technologies
  • David Harris, Editor In Chief, OpenStax, Rice University
  • Kim Thanos, CEO, Lumen Learning

The market for course materials and content delivery is now changing at a velocity surprising even to many industry insiders. Students and institutions have more choices for how to spend their limited budgets than ever before. Used bookstores, online resale marketplaces, e-books, Open Educational Resources, peer-to-peer, user-generated study materials, and more represent sources of classroom material that are often cheaper than the traditional textbook. As these alternatives flourish, do higher education publishers face an increasing threat, or does the market disruption represent a real opportunity for innovation? Join an esteemed panel of business leaders to hear what the future of higher ed course materials and content delivery entails.

Presenting Companies

Jarin Schmidt

May 8, 2017

Pearson Acclaim

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Room Olympus

Presenter: Jarin Schmidt

Acclaim, the digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson,connects individuals worldwide with relevant career opportunities and learning pathways through Open Badge technology. Acclaim empowers badge earners to tell their professional stories with full context. Employers evaluate and verify the qualifications of badge earners, while credentialing bodies, academic institutions and professional organizations ensure the integrity of their programs, online.

May 8, 2017

Pearson Acclaim

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Room Olympus

Presenter: Jarin Schmidt

Acclaim, the digital professional recognition platform backed by Pearson,connects individuals worldwide with relevant career opportunities and learning pathways through Open Badge technology. Acclaim empowers badge earners to tell their professional stories with full context. Employers evaluate and verify the qualifications of badge earners, while credentialing bodies, academic institutions and professional organizations ensure the integrity of their programs, online.

Jeff Selingo

Emerging Technology Showcase

Joanna Webb

May 9, 2017

Pearson & Microsoft HoloLens: Shaping a New Vision in Student Learning

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Presenter: Joanna Webb, Head of Immersive Learning Design and Development, Pearson

HoloLens is a head-mounted mixed reality device manufactured by Microsoft.​ ​Mixed reality means a mixture of augmented and virtual reality. It allows you to​ ​see the world around you enhanced by either an immersive virtual environment or​ ​augmented elements that are superimposed over your environment. It’s one of the​ ​first devices in this area that doesn’t need to be tethered to a computer. This allows​ ​freedom for learners to explore and interact with a real-life space. Two or more​ ​HoloLens can be linked together so that a learner and instructor can look at the​ ​same 3D models or animations together, or several learners can collaborate on a​ ​project. The HoloLens also remembers where in space you have opened and placed​ ​different holograms and they will still be there if you re-enter the space.

Donna Walker

Peter Janzow

May 9, 2017

IBM’s Open Badge Program: Building the Next Generation Workforce

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Donna Walker, Director, Training & Skills, IBM
Peter Janzow, Sr. Director, Business & Market Development, Acclaim, Pearson

Research indicates that four out of five employers believe there is a critical shortage of qualified talent to fill the roles created by rapidly evolving technology such as Cloud and Big Data. In response, IBM is investing in open badge technology as a way to ensure the credentials it confers are relevant, verifiable, portable and discoverable. In this session, learn how IBM uses information associated with its open badge program to actively progress talent, build effective teams and drive the company’s talent management strategy.

Amar Kumar

May 9, 2017

Forecasting Future Jobs: Why Elevator Mechanics Might Be In More Demand Than Ever

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Presenter: Amar Kumar, SVP, Efficacy & Research, Pearson

Arguably the most important conversation in education needs to be about the trends that are influencing the future of jobs. In this session, we will interrogate why it is so important to be looking beyond technology to other trends and the impact they will have on the future demand for skills.

Audience members will gain a better understanding of the trends affecting future employment, the interactions between these trends, and the subsequent implications for learning. The audience will also have the opportunity to take part in a simplified version of a foresight exercises, which will get people up, moving, and thinking in new ways.