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Monday, May 21 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Academic and IT Collaboration: Enabling the Digital Transformation of Learning Together

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Note: This session is only for higher education college and university attendees and invited Diamond and Platinum Sponsor Representatives.  Admission for sponsors designated by color-coded name badge ribbons.

IT and academic departments and staff are in the midst of a full-scale digital disruption. Driven by the ubiquity of today’s rapidly developing technology and the influence of trends like AI and the Internet of Things, institutions are being forced to take a fresh look across the institution’s enterprise ecosystem to redesign business processes that will result in higher efficiency, less customization, and better alignment of technology with the core mission of the institution. Shaping their actions are concerns for student success, greater attention to managing the student lifecycle, flexible approaches that accelerate change management, and the inclusion of academic transformation and innovation in almost all strategic discussions.

This working session will be led by institutional leaders who are repositioning IT as an enabler of innovation and change—by reimagining enterprise collaborations, procurement processes, and integration strategies—to enable meaningful digital transformation. This session will generate awareness for effective practices based on open standards that will make it easier for faculty to innovate with technology by providing them with more efficient ways to manage student teams and roles across multiple learning tools, give them more control to integrate third-party resources, apps, and tools in the LMS—wherever and whenever—and ensure that assignment and grade results are automatically synced to the gradebook of record.

Participants will engage in open discussion and collaborative brainstorming and come away with practical ideas and resources to take back to their campuses so they can begin or continue to evolve their digital ecosystem into a transformative and easily extensible environment that offers a much higher return on innovation, student engagement, and better retention strategies.


  • Academic vice provosts or other high-level leaders who are involved with teaching and learning  technology
  • Vice Presidents of Technology and CIOs
  • Directors of Student Success Initiatives and Academic advisors
  • High level IT managers of enterprise and edtech systems
  • Directors of Academic Computing and Online Education/e-Learning
Note: This session is only for higher education college and university attendees and invited Diamond and Platinum Sponsor Representatives.  Admission for sponsors designated by color-coded name badge ribbons.

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MJ Bishop

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Dr. MJ Bishop directs the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance USM's position as a national leader in higher education transformation. The Kirwan Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates... Read More →
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Rita Cheng

President, Northern Arizona University
Rita Hartung Cheng serves as the 16th president of Northern Arizona University. As a first-generation and non-traditional college graduate, Dr. Cheng firmly believes in making higher education accessible and affordable for all students.Under her leadership, NAU has embarked on an... Read More →
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Vince Kellen

Chief Information Officer, University of California San Diego
Executive, educator and technologist. CIO Hall of Fame inductee. Excellent future visioning and planning abilities. Strong leadership, financial, executive communication and public speaking skills. Areas of expertise include higher education strategy and operations, information technology... Read More →
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Bruce Maas

Emeritus CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, Honorary Fellow School of Information, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bruce Maas is the Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position he has held since August of 2011. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a diversity of roles over a career of more than 37 years, including Campus Budget... Read More →
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William J. McKinney

Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, Indiana University
Dr. William J. McKinney joined University Academic Affairs in 2015 as Sr. Advisor for Distance Education, and began his current role as Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs in 2016. Bill’s role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities for the Regional Campuses of Indiana... Read More →
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Jack Suess

Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Mr. John "Jack" Suess is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As Vice President, he provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on the executive leadership... Read More →

Monday May 21, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Waterview Ballroom