June 21-23, 2017

Washington, DC

EdMedia Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President Emeritus, USA

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Sheldon Brown, Arthur C. Clarke Center

Karen Schriver: KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc., USA

Karen Schriver: KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc., USA


8:30AM Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President Emeritus, USA

Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President Emeritus, USA

The Futures of Higher Education

Abstract – Information technology can change learning experiences, catalyze new forms of scholarship, and interconnect a world that is highly interdependent. Information technology is clearly a part of higher education’s future—but there will be more than one “future.” Institutions differ. Students have different skills, goals, and motivations. Career paths converge and diverge over a lifetime. Ubiquitous Internet access, along with social, mobile, cloud, and analytics capabilities, is freeing institutions to think differently about how to meet individual learners needs. This convergence of technology, learning science and consumer demand is catalyzing multiple models. The presentation will highlight learning environments, student support systems and degree pathways, and the emerging alternative credentialing marketplace. While learning connects all aspects of life, the digital ecosystem provides higher education with many options.

Biography – Dr. Diana G. Oblinger is President Emeritus of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association of 2,400 colleges, universities, and education organizations whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. She served as President and CEO from 2008 – 2015, and as Vice President from 2004-2008. Previously, Oblinger held positions in academia and business: Vice President for Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer for the University of North Carolina system, Executive Director of Higher Education for Microsoft, and IBM Director of the Institute for Academic Technology. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Michigan State University.

Oblinger is known for her leadership in teaching and learning. She founded the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, and, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led the creation of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $65M program focused on improving college readiness and completion through information technologies.

Oblinger has served on a variety of boards including the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, the board of directors of ACT, the American Council on Education (ACE) board, and chair of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ellucian.

Oblinger is a frequent keynote speaker as well as the author or of co-author multiple books. She has received outstanding teaching and research awards, has served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds three honorary degrees. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.


8:30AM Thursday, June 22, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Sheldon Brown, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination & MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair of Digital Media and Learning

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Sheldon Brown, Arthur C. Clarke Center


8:30AM Friday, June 23, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Karen Schriver: KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc., USA

Karen Schriver: KSA Communication Design & Research, Inc., USA

Implications of Information Design for Technology-based Learning

Abstract – Although learning designers have long employed research-driven strategies for creating effective technology-based educational experiences, they may not have considered ways to enhance learning by drawing on principles of information design. This presentation provides a window into the world of information design—the art and science of integrating visual and verbal content to support people’s practical purposes for engaging with communications. Information design focuses on ensuring that messages are clear, compelling, and rhetorically effective by optimizing the quality of the visual and verbal language—text, graphics, typography, and quantitative displays. This talk will explore how e-learning designers can use information design research to inform their instruction. It will examine key findings from research on writing and visual design for electronic environments and suggest implications for developing more effective educational experiences.

Biography – Dr. Karen Schriver is President of KSA Communication Design & Research, a consultancy focused on making complex information clear, compelling, and usable. She applies research from information design, plain language, psycholinguistics, and cognitive science to design everyday communications. Her work investigates how people think and feel as they engage with communications presented on paper, the Web, or via multimedia—communications such as instructions, educational materials, forms, scientific reports, patient information, ballots, technical manuals, and marketing literature.

Schriver launched her career at Carnegie Mellon University where she co-directed the M.A. in Professional Writing and the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Document Design. After a decade as a faculty member, she founded KSA, a company that helps organizations recognize the value of clear communication and evidence-based practice. Now celebrating over 25 years in business, Schriver is known for crossing academic and corporate boundaries—challenging scholars to understand the perspectives of industry and experts in industry to value academic research.

Schriver has also taught at the University of Utrecht, the University of Washington, and the University of Stellenbosch. Her academic clients include Rice University, University of Groningen, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Arizona, the Dutch Ministry of Education, University of Antwerp, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Architecture and Design Museum of Slovenia, and University of California at Berkeley. Among her business and government clients are IBM, Microsoft, ATT, Lutron, Sony, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, the IRS, the U.S. Postal Service, Sprint, the European Commission, and Apple.

Schriver’s book, Dynamics in Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers—in its 9th printing—has been cited as an essential work in writing and visual design. Winner of ten national awards for research, Schriver has made a significant impact on how information designers around the world think about their work. She is now writing a book on evidence-based information design and plain language.