2017 Unizin Innovation Summit

Summit Host City, Denver CO, Skyline

APRIL 19 - 20, 2017  |  DENVER, CO


Let's talk about change.

Changing for the Future of Higher Education

This year's Summit is a two-day event that will focus on how we can move forward together to create better digital teaching and learning environments by implementing important organizational changes.

The shift to an ecosystem-based digital infrastructure requires a lot of change: organizational change, policy change, changes in routine, in workflows, and in approaches to content and data. When we approach these changes alone - they seem overwhelming. But together, change can be a positive experience. Together we can become more agile and functional in the face of future shifts in digital learning. Together, we are creating a strong, stable, standards-based technology ecosystem that will continue to support a diverse and changing teaching and learning environment into the future and beyond.

Present at the Unizin Innovation Summit

Call for proposals open until Monday, January 30, 2017.

Content Track

Educational content development is always a collaboration between people and technology. The Unizin solutions available today are designed to help faculty, instructional designers, media developers and others produce and share high-quality instructional materials. Our tools support content production, sharing, discovery, delivery, and measurement. This collaboration is happening not only within traditional course development, but also in the creation of subject-matter content, like textbooks and journal articles, videos, animations, training and tutorials for new technology, and even course shells, templates, modules and learning objectives.

Examples of submissions to this category:

  • Share your experiences using Unizin’s content solutions (e.g. LaunchPad or Discover beta pilots, Pressbooks Hosting)?
  • Describe your impact (or potential impact) on improving affordability working with Unizin tools and services and/or with Unizin Members.
  • How is the course development process evolving at your institution from individual to team-based practices? What content workflows are tied to this evolution?
  • What kind of innovative techniques and practices have you used to encourage the creation and sharing of non-traditional or open educational content?
  • How have roles have changed on your campus to promote the authoring and production of instructional materials?
  • What do your institution’s OER initiatives look like?
  • How has your university expanded the development, use and sharing of learning modules and learning objects through the adoption of Unizin tools and services?
  • How are different members of your content community collaborating in new ways to discover, create, organize or reuse content?
  • What practices do you employ to continuously improve your content?
Learning Environment Track

The strategic need to improve outcomes, student success, and to incorporate a diversity of learning models is putting pressure on learning environments to evolve. Student needs in the learning environment must be made a priority for success. Faculty must also be supported by tools in addition to the staff already provided by their institution. Unizin Engage and Unizin Snapshot can both provide experiences that change and enhance the learning environment.

Examples of submissions to this category:

  • Describe your learning ecosystem and how your campus has integrated the use of Engage or Snapshot into that ecosystem or environment?
  • With adaptive learning surfacing on the horizon, how are you planning to use Unizin and other tools and services to increase the personalization of your teaching and learning efforts?
  • Describe a case study where you used (or plan to use) the Learning Analytics provided by Snapshot and Engage in a classroom situation? What insights can you share?
  • How are people, practices and technology working together to enhance the learner/student experience?
  • What types of learning environments has your institution created or tried to create to enhance the learning experience (new tools, new physical spaces, etc)? How? What were the results?
  • How does your institutional make use of or intend to make use of MOOCs?
Learning Analytics Track

Learning data and analytics challenges are emerging across higher education. They range from challenges in data integration, storage, warehousing, and access, to providing sophisticated data views in support of analytical research, development, experimentation, and documentation. In all, a variety of researchers, faculty, IT staff, and other roles are tackling these challenges together with new tools and processes. Unizin is providing a range of solutions, and supporting a handful of communities, who stake a large claim in learning analytics.

Examples of submissions to this category:

  • What services or processes is your institution developing to bring stakeholders in applied learning analytics together?
  • What new policies or policy changes have been required to move forward with learning analytics on your campus?
  • Describe how your institution is defining the research questions that can and should be answered with learning data? What methodologies or processes are put in place to answer them?
  • What range of technology solutions, including Unizin’s solutions, is your institution bringing together to solve analytics challenges?
  • Building common data models for defining courses, learners, students, modules, etc.will be critical. How are your data managers and faculty approaching this effort on your campus and with other collaborators?
  • How do you manage your diverse learning data sources? What challenges have you faced to making practical the use of diverse data sources together?
  • What kind of Learning Analytics experiments have you conducted, or plan to conduct, with Snapshot or Unizin data tools?
  • How are you using or planning to use primary data categories (student demographics, student legacy data, online discussions, reading, etc.) to improve student success or support research?
Feature Track - Change

We know that many more changes happen outside of content, analytics and the learning environment. For this year’s feature track, we would like to know what other ways you or your university changed to adapt or prepare for future innovations.

Examples of submissions to this category could include:

  • Were you a part of significant organizational changes, policy changes, or changes in communication? Describe the outcome.
  • Describe what trends have catalyzed change on your campus?
  • How has your institution adapted or failed to adapt to significant changes in the way your students learn?
  • What skill sets were developed or what roles were created to facilitate a successful change at your institution? How were volunteers necessary to drive the change recruited?  What communications about change were found to be the most effective with faculty and staff?
Speed Sessions

Speed Sessions will feature our Members and the exciting things they’re doing to improve student success. Speed Sessions will give our institutions an opportunity to showcase their homegrown innovations and how they're impacting teaching and learning. Note: These are 5-7 minute presentations.

Promote ideas for the future of Unizin, digital learning innovations on your campus, or calls for collaboration with other campuses. A networking hour will follow Speed Sessions for discussing these ideas and exchanging contact information.

At Unizin, we know the best way to move forward is together.

Join us at the 2017 Unizin Innovation Summit!


Wednesday, April 19th - 8:00am - 8:00pm   (Dinner and Evening Event Included)

Thursday, April 20th - 8:00am - 1:00pm     

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration until January 15, 2017 - $400

Registration after January 16, 2017 - $500


The two-day conference will be held at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. Unizin has reserved a block of hotel rooms from April 18 - 20 with standard rooms starting at $189 per night. 

For more information, email info@unizin.org.