Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Brian Knotts | Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist | ellucian

Throughout the years, educational software-applications would include products-solutions built generally around two types: administrative and self-service categorizes.  These solutions have served institutions pretty well, but over time, these solutions and approaches have become less and less relevant to how we function and the amount of time spent away from our purpose… providing opportunities for the future generations.

In this session, we will discuss why I believe you will see new solutions, which are already emerging in some unusual industries now, and how these new generation systems will combine the traditional “records" processing [like student records] with powerful new patterns utilizing social computing and then deploying those solutions to any device. These new solutions will also have real-time awareness using new generation IoT [Internet of Things] sensors and predictive analytics. We will also briefly discuss why none of this would be possible without Cloud computing.   Formally known by the acronym SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud), these new trends in how we create software will completely transform the way these applications work for us and match more closely with what students, administrators, academics and what the academy itself needs to truly deliver on student success.

In the second half of the presentation, we will bring out a panel of leaders in the educational field to discuss how these new tools, patterns, and techniques could transform how all of us work and how these panelists feel we can help prepare students for the future in the next 5+ years.