OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The role and impact of technology in higher education will be the focus of discussions, presentations, and collaborations at EdTech Summit 2014, an education technology summit taking place in Ottawa during two days beginning December 9.
Presented by Kivuto Solutions Inc., the world's leading provider of hosted, flexible and scalable solutions for complex digital distribution requirements, EdTech Summit 2014 will bring together representatives from academia and the technology sector to examine how today's technologies and technology trends are disrupting and changing education across Canada, US and around the world. The key topics being examined include the:
- Effects of the digital textbook transformation on campus
- Impact of cloud services and social learning on teaching and collaboration
- Role of Massive Open Online Course (MOOCS) options in the learning process
- Startups and Venture Capital in EdTech
- Emergence of the flipped classroom where students learn content online at home and do homework in class
"These are all very important topics that school administrators, professors, educators and executives are dealing with today," said Gustavo Sanchez, Director of Marketing at Kivuto. "I'm happy that Kivuto is able to create an opportunity for thought leaders in the technology sector to meet with academic leaders in a forum where they can discuss these issues. By sharing ideas, insights, and knowledge both groups can continue to improve the way students in universities and colleges are taught today and will be taught tomorrow."
Ken Steele, Canada's leading higher education monitor and futurist will open the summit with a keynote address titled "Rethinking Higher Education: Disruption and Transformation". As the Chief Futurist at Eduvation Inc., co-founder of Academia Group Inc., and editor of Academia Top Ten, Steele is trusted by more than 20,000 daily subscribers to bring a comprehensive perspective to breaking news, research, data and trends related to education. His fast-paced, dynamic presentations incorporate rich media, great humor and a unique perspective on the trends shaping the future of education in Canada.
Other presenters include:
- Glenn MacDougall, Director, Learning and Teaching Services, Algonquin College, who will present first-hand experiences in a digital college
- Karen McGregor, Solution Specialist, Education team at Microsoft, who will present the benefits of Microsoft Office 365 and the Student Advantage/Pro Plus Program
- Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium and Founder of the Horizon Project, who will share insights into emerging technologies and the future of education
- Jon Dron, Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, who will examine learning and social media
- Brenda Ravenscroft, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University, who will look at the flipped classroom
- David Nelson, VMWare Press and Academic Programs Director Global Education, VMWare, who will offer ideas for preparing students for the workplace of tomorrow
The two-day, EdTech Summit 2014 will take place at Kivuto's event space at 151 George Street in the Byward Market on December 9-10.
Kivuto Solutions is the world's leading provider of advanced digital distribution and management solutions that enable the secure delivery of digital goods to individuals, businesses, and organizations anywhere in the world. Kivuto simplifies the process of delivering any digital good to any market under virtually any terms and conditions. Over 60,000 academic institutions and departments trust Kivuto to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in 195 countries and supports 14 languages. www.kivuto.com.
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