Spotlight on Technology Sessions

Technology Summit Agenda

All sessions are in Eastern Daylight Time
  • Wednesday, September 29

    Welcome and Introductions - Day One
    11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m

    State of Data Exchange
    11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Details coming soon.

    Presenters: Dr. Wendy Kilgore, et. al

    Applying Technology to Transfer: Challenges and Opportunities
    12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
    Details coming soon.

    Presenters: Cheryl Hyman, ASU, et. al

    Wednesday Breakout Sessions
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Groningen Declaration Network - The path to sustainable and accessible student mobility
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Focused on learner mobility, the GDN connects institutions, organizations, and providers by encouraging data exchange innovations and advancing learner autonomy in the sharing and recognition of their academic credentials globally. The presenters will share the latest GDN contributions internationally and will discuss how organizations may benefit from joining the Network.

    Presenters: Kathleen Massey, Univ Lethridge and President of Groningen Declaration Network Leeuw, Herman de Leeuw, Executive Director, Groningen Declaration Network

    Building Bold New Paths for Transfer
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    This session will share examples from Canada of organizations that are leading innovations in technology and transfer.

    Presenters:  James D'Arcy, Registrar, University of Regina; board member, Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT) Andrew Wilson, Director, Technology and Transfer, Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT)Joanne Duklas, Lead Consultant, Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc.; Executive Lead, ARUCC MyCreds | MesCertif National Network

    PESC, Data Standards United and Pathway to JSON & JSON-LD
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    With the increased costs and delays of paper-processing combined with consequences of the COVID pandemic that continue to be experienced, many are looking for digital solutions, technologies, and standards to improve efficiencies in budgets and in processing student data. The data standards sector has correspondingly emerged and standards awareness is at an all-time high. Also realized is the need for many different types of standards to support the entire cycle of lifelong learning. PESC governs many different types of standards in different formats (e.g. The College Transcript Standard in EDI, PDF & XML). To assist the education sector PESC partners through the SPEEDE Committee and through Data Standards United with all major standards bodies bridging communities and sectors (e.g. HR, employment, workforce) to ensure awareness of all major data standards. This session provides a solid overview of the data standards landscape and discusses how standards are being used. With development underway at PESC of the College Transcript in JSON (Javascript Object Notation) - a web-friendly technical language - presenters will update attendees on recent development and the focus on 'student transfer' as the primary use case for the JSON College Transcript.

    Presenters: Michael Sessa, President & CEO, Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council(PESC) Monterey Sims , University of Phoenix Rick Skeel, Ellucian

    Using a Credential System to Help Transfer Students
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Ensuring that transfer students have an easy way to transition their academic records is key to their continued success. To support them as they move through their learning pathways, a community of over 13K schools, institutions, and organizations that manage records have come together to create a seamless digital exchange of information. As the exchange becomes more extensive and innovative, the importance of the credential increases and the ability to represent a learner expands. See how credentials and the systems that manage them are evolving to better support transfer students today.

    Presenters: Sean Gannon, Vice President, Global Higher Education, Parchment

    Wednesday Breakout Sessions
    2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Leading the Future of Blockchain and e-Transcripts
    2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Scribbles Software’s e-Transcripts Network utilizes Amazon Managed Blockchain to give learners greater control over their educational records. This presentation will showcase how over 2,500 post-secondary institutions utilize this secure network to receive and validate digital records from K-12 school districts. Screen reader support enabled.

    Presenters:  Ron Christian, Scribbles Software Founding Partner of Scribbles Software Bridget Jones, Ed.D., Scribbles Software Director of Marketing and Client Success

    Empowering Learners Through Skills and Digital Credentials
    2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Learners today face unsettling economic realities. They need powerful, novel approaches from higher education leaders. At Western Governors University, we are accelerating skills-based education and hiring in order to give learners flexibility, address equity gaps, and ensure that every graduate is equipped to thrive. Our approach allows us to better serve students and power partnerships with employers and workforce development systems.

    Presenters: Kacey Thorne Western Governors University Director, Skills Architecture Darin R. Hobbs Western Governors Institution Director of Academic Records, Credentials & Careers

    Wednesday Combined Session
    3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Social & Entertainment

  • Thursday, September 30

    Thursday Combined Sessions
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Welcome and introduction - Day Two
    11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    The Problem With Transfer Student Pathways and Technology
    12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Details coming soon.

    Presenters: James Wiley

    Thursday Breakout Sessions
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Make Your CLR Interoperable Using the IMS Global CLR Standard
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Now that a standard is available that allows CLR data to be sent and received, what are your options for using that to transmit learning data? Learn about the new Implementation Guide, developed by AACRAO, and see examples of how both CLR and academic records can be formatted.

    Presenters: Tom Green

    The Trusted Learner Network - Designing Mobility in the Round Total
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    How do we navigate the next steps toward student agency and mobility, with data standards that can describe a learner’s journey both inside and outside of the traditional transcript and technologies that can durably assert learner credentials over a lifetime? The Trusted Learner Network will establish an independent, self-governed, distributed network that serves as a utility to learners, institutions, employers, and credential issuers by housing validated and immutable records of learning that can then be shared. To achieve this goal, the TLN seeks to partner with registrars, admissions officers, and other community members, as well as technical architectural advisors, to holistically break through barriers and develop technologies that respect the needs of the institution while furthering the agency of the learner. Join us to learn more about the TLN’s approach to collaborative governance, technology, design, and implementation as well as opportunities to participate!

    Presenters: Kate Giovacchini, Managing Director, Trusted Learner Network, Arizona State University

    Today, and Tomorrow's Student: How TCCD Leverages AI to Meet Students Where They Are
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    In this session, we're joined by Tarrant County College District’s John Spencer, District Director, Registration and Academic Support Services, and Rebecca Griffith, District Director Administration and Records. We'll discuss the implementation and use of their AI chatbots and discuss the benefits for both the institution and students alike. We will examine how this tool has been leveraged throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it translates into the future ‘new normal’ as well as the digital transformation that has taken place over the last 18 months. The TCCD chatbot network aids lead collection for prospective students and offers 24/7/365 support for many of the most commonly asked questions. Students are able to speak with the various bots for help with highly specific questions and receive personalized answers. TCCD bots currently offer support with admissions, registrar, financial aid, business services, advising, and IT help desk. Join this session to learn how TCCD uses AI to offer expanded support at scale, and meet students where they are.

    Presenters: Mary Frances Coryell, VP of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, Ivy.ai, John Spencer – District Director, Registration and Academic Support Services, Tarrant County College District Rebecca Griffith – District Director Administration and Records, Tarrant County College District

    Transfer Trifecta! Three Tools to Increase Efficiency and Improve Student Outcomes
    1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Create a more transfer-friendly environment using TES, Transferology, and uAchieve. Only CollegeSource solutions are backed by a database of more than 130 million course descriptions and 160 thousand college catalogs, with integration points designed for maximum efficiency! Come to hear a brief overview of how the solutions work together and what they can do for you and your institution.

    Topics will include:

    How Transferology’s nationwide network benefits students and the actionable reports available for staff/faculty.
    How TES helps institutions make informed equivalency decisions.
    How uAchieve can be used to automate transfer articulation and display equivalency rules in the degree audit and planner.

    Presenters:  Shelly Jackson, Product Solutions Specialist, John Panzica, Transfer Solutions Specialist, Chris Starkey, uAchieve Customer Engagement & Training Specialist

    Thursday Breakout Sessions
    2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    eTranscript CA, exchanging data throughout California
    2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    eTranscript California, developed under the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), has facilitated the exchange of standards-based transcripts across California's postsecondary systems since 2007. Designed with an emphasis on those areas unique to California's student transcripts, eTranscript CA has helped to reduce barriers to transfer and create efficiencies for California's higher education institutions. In this session, we will be presenting real examples of how eTranscript CA benefits California colleges and the students they serve, how the initiative is serving new use cases through the exchange of learner data, and an overview of proposed changes as an enabling technology supporting the California Cradle-to-Career data system.

    Presenters: Mark Cohen California Community Colleges Technology Center Product Manager, Infrastructure and Data Services

    Thursday Combined Sessions
    3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Data Interoperability and the Future of Learner Records
    3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Higher education has made significant progress in developing next-generation learner records and how to exchange them between institutions. However, who generates records of learning, how they are organized, and what they are used for is quickly changing and has major implications for higher education. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in exploring the future of learner records and the data infrastructure that will support them.

    Presenters: Jason Tsyzk