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.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Summit Keynote Speaker Joseph Glover

Dr. Joseph Glover
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Florida

Dr. Joseph Glover has been UF Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs since July 2008. Since arriving at UF in 1983, Dr. Glover has chaired the Mathematics Department and served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean, and Interim Provost. Dr. Glover received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University and his master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. He has held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship and an NSF-CNRS fellowship. His research in probability theory, stochastic processes, and potential theory has been supported by the NSF, the AFOSR, and the NSA.

Summit Keynote Speaker Brandon Bernier

Brandon Bernier
Director of User Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brandon Bernier is an engaging leader with a deep passion for the mission of higher education, technology and its role in furthering that mission, and the people that work within the academic community.   Through a diversified career spanning roles in Central IT, Distributed IT, and Libraries, Mr. Bernier has led numerous change efforts and leadership initiatives working directly with faculty, staff, and students. In his current role as Director of User Services for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Bernier leads a diverse team with a strong customer service focus aimed at engaging user communities throughout the campus and the state of Wisconsin. Mr. Bernier is a graduate of the EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute, the MOR Associates Information Technology Leadership Program, and was a recent recipient of the EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a MBA from Wayne State University.

2017 Summit Schedule

Day One / April 19

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Welcome / Presentation: Unizin in Action

Kick-off for the 2017 Unizin Innovation Summit! A welcome address by Unizin CEO Amin Qazi will be followed by a presentation from our Board members:

Unizin in Action
Unizin member schools envision a next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) that will improve the learning experience in higher education. The Unizin mission is to provide products and services to support that vision. After having spent the past few semesters focused on migrating their existing learning management systems, these institutions are now turning their attention to actively exploring and implementing new Unizin products and services such as Engage, the Unizin Data Warehouse (UDW), Pressbooks and others. In this slideshow roulette-style event, Unizin members will provide highlights of the current and planned impact of Unizin products at their institutions.

Presented by:

Liv Gjestvang, Associate Vice President of Learning Technology at The Ohio State University
Maggie Jesse, Senior Director of the Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology at University of Iowa
Linda Jorn, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies and DoIT Director of Academic Technology at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Anastasia Morrone, Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies and IUPUI Dean of IT at Indiana University
Dr. Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology at Pennsylvania State University

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Institutional Approach to Learning Analytics (Colorado A-B) - Presented by Dr. Fedro Zazueta, Associate CIO and Professor at University of Florida; Dr. David Johnson, Director of Research and Analytics at Colorado State University; and Dr. Nicole Tuttle, Instructional Consultant at University of Michigan

Approaches to deliver useful learning analytics vary across institutions. In this presentation the Colorado State University, the University of Florida and the University of Michigan will present their advances toward development, delivery and adoption of learning analytics across the institution. The session will consist of a short presentation by each institution on each of the following topics: (a) vision, governance, and strategy, (b) tactics, products and services, and (c) outcomes and lessons learned. Through sharing these experiences, the authors seek to improve awareness, collaboration and adoption of learning analytics with other Unizin partners.

Flipping & Canvas (Colorado C-D) - Presented by Dr. Jon Garfinkel, Professor of Finance at University of Iowa

I use the flipped classroom approach to increase student engagement in learning. For undergraduates embarking on their first finance course, the ability to re-listen to recorded lectures on complex material is crucial, as is the in-class group work on complex real-world finance problems. These major components encouraged me to pilot Canvas: it allows streaming video, online quiz taking which incentivizes students to listen to recordings, a calendar-view of upcoming responsibilities at log-in, and promotes diversity in group composition in the classroom by facilitating randomized group formation by the professor.

Developing Confirmatory Hierarchical Models with Unizin Engage Data (Colorado G-H) - Presented by Joshua Quick, Graduate Research Assistant at Indiana University, and Dr. Serdar Abaci, Educational Research and Evalutation Specialist at Indiana University

Engagement with electronic texts has become a substantial topic of interest in educational technologies research in recent years. However, as with any other interventions or techniques used in a learning context, isolating the effects presents numerous challenges due to multiple sources of variation generated by differences in pedagogical practices across disciplinary boundaries. This calls for the development of multilevel statistical models that account for such differences. In this presentation, we will present the identification and development of multilevel models from the Unizin Engage data at Indiana University and discuss the challenges encountered in using Engage data across multiple contexts.

Early Lessons from High-Enrollment Course Transformations (Colorado I-J) - Presented by Sarah Miller, Leader of Faculty Engagement Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Kristopher Olds, Professor and Senior Fellow of Educational Innovation at University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Maggie Jesse, Senior Director for the ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology at University of Iowa

A bachelor’s degree from a research university represents something unique: an opportunity to engage in courses, research experiences, and informal learning with world-class academics. It typically involves completing a suite of high-enrollment courses. The Universities of Iowa and Wisconsin are implementing campus-level initiatives to transform these courses to become more active, often via blended learning. These interventions and innovations present opportunity for impact, but the sheer size, dynamic, and idiosyncratic nature significantly amplify any problems. This session will describe these initiatives, including early successes and challenges, as well as solicit from audience members the activities, successes, and challenges at their own institutions.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Using Data Governance to Guide Learning Analytics (Colorado A-B) - Presented by Jason Fishbain, Chief Data Officer at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Kimberly Arnold, Senior Evaluation Consultant at University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW-Madison has developed a collaborative, participatory Data Governance Program that includes administration, faculty and staff. This case study will show how UW-Madison is using their Data Governance Program to drive Learning Analytics strategy, adoption, and architecture.

Library Research Guides and the Learning Environment: Go Big or Go Home (Colorado C-D) - Presented by Dr. Meg Meiman, Head of Teaching and Learning, IUB Libraries at Indiana University; Courtney McDonald, Head of Discovery and User Experience at Indiana University; Sara Lowe, Educational Development Librarian at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; and Yoo Young Lee, Center for Digital Scholarship and Operations at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

In Fall 2016, librarians at Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis undertook a pilot project to embed course-specific library research guides directly into Canvas course sites. This increased ability to seamlessly present expert research help, library services, and resources (both subscription-based and open educational content) within a learning ecosystem where students and faculty already operate, presented a wonderful opportunity to make this content discoverable. More importantly, integrating library content and research help directly into the LMS itself has promoted greater collaboration among librarians, students, and faculty, and allowed librarians to create a more customized learning environment for students to enhance their learning experience.

In this session we will present results from our eight-month pilot. We will also discuss how this project enables libraries to provide both a consistent user interface and high-quality scholarly content to all students and faculty. Finally, our project presents a compelling opportunity for a more unified approach to information access needs for both the IU system and the Consortium.

Perceptions of Open Textbooks Created with Pressbooks (Colorado G-H) - Presented by Dr. Amanda Folk, Head of Teaching and Learning, University Libraries at The Ohio State University; Ashley Miller, Program Manager, Affordability and Access at The Ohio State University; and Michael Shiflet, Educational Technologist, Affordability and Access at The Ohio State University

The Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) at The Ohio State University is a collaborative endeavor, which offers grants that support faculty in replacing their traditional textbooks with high-quality open educational resources (OER) or library materials. ALX grant recipients have the opportunity to create and implement their own textbooks using Pressbooks, allowing them to tailor the contents and activities to the needs of their courses and of their students. This presentation will highlight some of the benefits that grant participants reported about developing their own textbooks, as well as providing evidence of how these textbooks were received by students enrolled in those courses.

Ch.. Ch.. Ch.. Ch.. Changes. You Want Me to Do What? (Colorado I-J) - Presented by Annette Beck, Director of Enterprise Instructional Technology at University of Iowa; Dr. Jeremy Van Hof, Assistant Director of Academic Technologies of University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Matt Gunkel, Group Manager of eLearning Design and Services and Architect for eLearning Technology at Indiana University; Terry O'Heron, Director of Operations of Teaching and Learning with Technology at Pennsylvania State University; and John Johnston, Product Manager and Lead Business Systems Analyst at University of Michigan

Change is hard. It disrupts our lives. Come take part in a role play as we discuss educational technology transitions on five Unizin member campuses. Changes like this drive faculty crazy. How do learning technology members both drive change and help faculty cope with the change at the same time? In higher education, change can be fascinating, inspiring, and well, sometimes fun. Join us for a session where we will discuss some ways to alleviate faculty angst during major changes to technology, an instructor’s second home. Let’s learn how to change…together!

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

Lunch will be provided.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Sustaining Change: A User Centric Approach, presented by Brandon Bernier

Sustaining Change: A User Centric Approach
Keynote Address by Brandon Bernier

As we evolve into a rapidly changing technology landscape, Information and Technology leaders and professionals are forced to move quickly in order to keep pace.  In the wake of this change, our user communities can often struggle and be left behind.  In this talk we will explore user communities, engagement frameworks, and strategies to produce successful and lasting change.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

Leveraging the UDW and LTI Integrations to Meet Instructors' Needs at the University of Iowa (Colorado A-B) - Presented by Dr. Samuel Van Horne, Assessment Director at University of Iowa; Ross Miller, Application Developer at University of Iowa; and Anna Smith, Graduate Student in Biostatistics at University of Iowa

At the University of Iowa, we have developed a process by which we collaborate with faculty to build LTI integrations into Canvas. The Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology provides reports to instructors and then collaborates with application developers in Administrative Information Systems to develop scalable tools (such as analysis of grade items that can meet the needs of the university). In our recent switch to Canvas, we also configured our homegrown learning analytics dashboard (Elements of Success) to work with Canvas. We will discuss our collaborative process and demonstrate how the tools work in our Canvas LMS.

Vericite & CSU: Collaborating to Develop an Affordable, Integrated Solution for Content Matching and Anti-Plagiarism in Canvas (Colorado C-D) - Presented by Melody Brake, Manager of Learning Systems at Colorado State University; Dr. Patrick J. Burns, Dean of Libraries and VP for IT at Colorado State University; and Kevin Nolan, Canvas Administrator at Colorado State University

In 2015, Colorado State was transitioning to Canvas and needed an affordable, reliable anti-plagiarism tool enabling instructors to check originality, provide feedback to students to properly cite sources, and identify plagiarism. CSU simultaneously piloted Canvas and Longsight’s VeriCite. While VeriCite searches open access journals, CSU, Oregon State University and Longsight, teams of librarians and IT staff explored how to include licensed content. We selected CrossRef. VeriCite performance and features were improved and is now fully integrated with Canvas. We’ll demonstrate VeriCite features and reports, share how our input contributed to VeriCite improvements, and why VeriCite is a sound solution.

Unizin Accessibility Session (Colorado G-H) - Presented by Unizin Chief Information Officer Steve Scott

Learning Analytics and Academic Advising: The Nuts and Bolts of Integrating LMS Data into Early Alert Systems (Colorado I-J) - Presented by Dr. Colin DeLong, Director of Analytics and Application Development at University of Minnesota

For the past two years, the University of Minnesota has been piloting the use of LMS data in its early alert system (APLUS) to notify academic advisors about students who’ve gone off-track in courses relative to their peers. The idea is simple; We’re more likely to retain students if we can identify them and reach out as soon as we’re aware they’re at risk. This talk explores the myriad challenges faced in making this a reality, including technology architecture, real-time data integration, data quality, best practices development, building and evaluating alert criteria, analytics visualization, and pilot outcomes assessment.

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Speed Sessions

Speed Sessions will feature our Members and the exciting things they’re doing to improve student success. These brief sessions will give our institutions an opportunity to showcase their homegrown innovations and how they're impacting teaching and learning. There will be four presentations, each about 5-7 minutes long:

3:15 p.m. - D2L to Canvas Course Migration - Presented by Ross Miller, Application Developer at University of Iowa

3:27 p.m. - Joint Projects - Presented by Unizin Director of Product Management Etienne Pelaprat

3:39 p.m. - A Digital Learning Innovation: Success @ Iowa - Presented by Victoria Maloy, Instructional Technology Consultant at University of Iowa

3:51 p.m. - The Unizin CEO's Visit as a Pivot Point for Unizin Participation at Oregon State University - Presented by Dr. David Goodrum, Director of Academic Technology at Oregon State University, and Dr. Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager, Informative Services at Oregon State University

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Exhibition / Cocktail Hour

Join the Unizin team for product demos and to learn more about our services.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Dinner / Evening Event

Dinner will be provided. Evening event TBD.

Day Two / April 20

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Unizin De-Identification Session (Colorado A-B) - Presented by Unizin Data Scientist J D Freeman

Innovation and Integration: LTIs for Platform Customization (Colorado C-D) - Presented by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh, Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at University of Central Florida

There is a growing concept in online learning called “the learning stack.” The notion is that an institution’s LMS serves as the basic foundation of technology-based learning, not the entire ecosystem of available features. The LMS is a platform into which a variety of applications and integrations are plugged, creating custom platforms per institution, or even per user. The University of Central Florida has embraced the flexibility that the LTI standard offers by developing custom and highly-impactful integrations into the campus LMS. This session will showcase UCF’s integrations initiative and provide examples that may be useful to the Unizin membership.

Pressbooks at UW-Madison: An Update and Future Roadmap (Colorado G-H) - Presented by Steel Wagstaff, Instructional Technology Consultant at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Kristopher Olds, Professor and Senior Fellow of Educational Innovation at University of Wisconsin-Madison

In 2016, UW-Madison used our Unizin-hosted instance of Pressbooks to support upwards of 75 faculty and staff working on more than 50 unique open textbook projects. We've also installed a number of additional plugins (like H5P and hypothes.is) to add functionality to the core Pressbooks software. In this session we'll discuss how we've enhanced Pressbooks and share our vision for future development, emphasizing three areas that should be of broad interest to other Unizin member schools: 1) improved metadata (for discoverability), 2) common cartridge exports (for LMS integration), and 3) the addition of learner analytics and grade reporting.

Creating a Strong Foundation for Building Advanced Analytics (Colorado I-J) - Presented by David Gruber, Associate CIO at University of Florida

Using information to make decisions in an increasingly real-time, automated fashion is requiring higher levels of data quality and availability than ever before. This presentation explores how UF is using data governance and master data management to tackle this fundamental building block for good data.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Improving the Feedback Loop through Automated Reports (Colorado A-B) - Presented by Sean Burns, Learning Analyst at Colorado State University, and Lydia Page, Instructional Designer at Colorado State University

We will show how CSU has improved the feedback loop between students, faculty, and instructional designers through the development and implementation of a Survey LTI in Canvas as well as back-end automated reports generated with R. We will show how students fill out a mid- and post-semester survey to provide both early formative feedback and summative feedback on a number of factors including: Course Design, Clarity of Learning Objectives, and Instructor Communication. We will then discuss how we quickly provide reports to both faculty and instructional designers, and how that feedback is used to improve course quality at CSU.

Collaborative Evaluation Panel Discussion (Colorado C-D) - Presented by Dr. David Goodrum, Director of Academic Technology at Oregon State University; David Hooker, Innovation Lead at The Ohio State University; John Johnston, Product Manager and Lead for Business Systems at Analyst at University of Michigan; Michele Kelmer, Unizin Principal IT Consultant at Indiana University; and Dr. Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager, Information Services at Oregon State University

Unizin affords new opportunities to collaborate in the assessment of learning technologies. This panel of early Course Monitor pilot participants will discuss how the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, Indiana University, and Oregon State University shared a common evaluation protocol to observe user interaction with the tool, collect user feedback regarding its potential value, and identify needs to guide further development. Please join us for this session as we review this rapid evaluation process and extend a dialogue on what the expectations are for turning the evaluation findings into functional requirements and ultimately refinements to the service.

Experimenting with IMS Caliper (Colorado G-H) - Presented by Anthony Whyte, ITS Program Manager at University of Michigan

The IMS Caliper Analytics specification provides a standardized mechanism for describing, collecting and exchanging learning activity data between systems. At Michigan we are instrumenting local applications to emit Caliper data, working with Instructure to provide caliperized Canvas data feeds and experimenting with a supporting infrastructure for storing and analyzing the data collected. This session will provide both an overview of our Caliper-related work and a forum for discussing collaboration opportunities and strategies for incorporating our work within the wider Unizin ecosystem.

Engaged Leadership: A Necessary Ingredient in Academic Change (Colorado I-J) - Presented by Dave King, Special Assistant for Innovation at Oregon State University

This is a case of accelerating adaptive learning at Oregon State. We start with the need for more rapid development and deployment of new ideas. Momentum is part of it, but engagement is really what it is all about. Follow our path as we attempt to pull the university toward an intentional look at how to solve the issue of learner success. I’ll explore each step from the point of view of undergraduate education, information technology, and disruptive innovation.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Higher Education Metrics and their Implications for Unizin, presented by Dr. Joseph Glover

Higher Education Metrics and their Implications for Unizin
Keynote Address by Dr. Joseph Glover

Performance Funding has swept many systems of higher education in the U.S. It rewards budget for institutional performance on a set of  metrics. It can also result in budget cuts for lack of performance.  Consequently, Performance Funding can loom large in the minds of boards, presidents, and provosts. How does Unizin's mission align with Performance Funding? What tools does Unizin plan to offer that help to address Performance Funding and other important sets of metrics?  Are there consequences for Unizin? We will explore these questions using several sets of Florida's metrics. 

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Path Forward / Wrap-Up

Final presentation of the 2017 Unizin Innovation Summit: The Unizin Team will be sharing our products and services roadmap, opening discussion about the future of Unizin solutions and the Consortium.

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     


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. 

Registration fee: $500

For more information, email info@unizin.org.