EdMedia Keynote & Invited Speakers
Keynote Speaker: 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.