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- Wednesday 6 Jan 2021
- Thursday 7 Jan 2021
- Friday 8 Jan 2021
Wednesday 6 Jan 2021
9:30 am - 9:45 am Lobby / Thank You Sponsors
Lobby / Thank You Sponsors
9:45 am - 9:55 am President's Welcome
Samuel Conn, Ph.d., President and Chief Executive Officer. Edge
9:55 am - 10:25 am Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
10:25 am - 11:45 am Plenary Session
Embracing Disrupters to Innovate the Learning Landscape
Brian Flemming, Ed.D.
Brian Flemming, Ed.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Southern New Hampshire University
Creating positive change and derived value through disruptive innovation has become the mantra at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Gain insight into the strategic philosophical approach that has eliminated chaos and reinvented SNHU to fit the needs of their students and surrounding workforce, while ensuring the nationally recognized university with 200 academic programs keeps pace with new technologies and professional requirements.
11:45 am - 11:45 am Announcements
11:45 am - 11:50 am Announcements
No workshops in this session.
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CIO Affinity Group
CIO Affinity Group
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions
Automate, Unify, and Secure the Edge
Chris Voll, VP of Technical Services, Turn-key Technologies
Brian Sieteski, Sales Engineer, Aruba Networks
Michael McGuire, Network Systems Administrator, Monmouth University
As companies grapple with business recovery, IT faces challenges like how to accelerate cloud and as-a-Service adoption, how to deliver secure connectivity in a hyper-distributed environment, and how to enable workplace safety measures like contact tracing and heat mapping. Turn-key Technologies and Aruba Networks would like to present Aruba ESP: A "Sixth
Sense" for your network. Additionally we would like to have our customer, Monmouth University, speak about his current Aruba deployment to share best practices.
- Understanding how to provide secure remote access to remote employees
- Enable workplace safety measures: Contact Tracing and Heat Mapping
- Automate, Secure, and Unify your network environment Aruba Networks best practices
CSI-IT - A New Tool For A New World
Linda John, Director of Academic Computing, College of Staten Island
Patricia Kahn, Ph.D., CIO and AVP for Information Technology Services, College of Staten Island
Most institutions of higher learning are providing IT services, training, and distance education remotely. At CSI, what makes us stand out is our all-in-one approach! We were able to take our creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to keep the campus functioning, while staying within severe budget constraints. Consider us a multi-functional tool with all the attachments that you cannot live without! Attend this presentation and learn about our approach to offering IT services in order to accommodate faculty, staff, and students - some of which include VPN access, remote desktop support, virtual labs, virtual training, and much more.
- Acquire best practices that provide affordable ways to adapt to a changing world in which physical computers can be repurposed for virtual solutions.
- Provide innovative solutions in support of servicing the campus community remotely
- Provide out of the box thinking to service the campus community.
CxO Exchange - Pay Attention to the ROI Your College Delivers - INVITATION ONLY
Martin Van Der Werf, Associate Director, Editorial and Postsecondary Policy Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
The College Scorecard is delivering new details on costs and benefits of college credentials, and allowing colleges to size themselves up against competitors. How will you use the data to differentiate your college, to identify your core competencies, and to make decisions about future spending priorities?
Driving Research, Education, and Innovation Through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
Jack Brassil, Ph.D., Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at Princeton University
James (Barr) von Oehsen, Vice President for Office of Advanced Research Computing at Rutgers University
Forough Ghahramani, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs at Edge
This session will explore how New Jersey institutions are supporting education and research through advanced cyberinfrastructure and cloud computing, impacting workforce and economic development, and helping to drive innovation and discovery. The significance of a top-tier state-wide network providing connectivity to the national and global research infrastructure, and the role of collaborations facilitated by organizations such as the Eastern Regional Network (ERN) for enabling resource sharing to advance research and education will be discussed.
- Review of recent New Jersey-based cyberinfrastructure projects funded by the National Science Foundation
- Significance of closing the gap between IT organizations and academic units for advancing research and education
- The important role of networks and collaborations in research and discovery
- The role of EdgeDiscovery in facilitating collaborations and helping New Jersey create a top-tier statewide network
First Generation Students – Scaffolding for First-Generation Student Success
Lisa Andion, Ed.D., Organizational Leadership of Higher Education from Northeastern University, Sr. Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
Scott Caplan, Account Executive, Blackboard
First-generation students struggle to succeed in college. Research shows that this group of students face a variety of challenges that contribute to their college attrition. Yet, research also shows that this group of students could benefit from scaffolding strategies rooted in social learning and constructivist learning theories. Educational technology tools that are
available for faculty to use in their face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses can serve as a vehicle to support the success of first-generation students by implementing scaffolding practices into their use of computer supported collaborative practices. Faculty can expect to receive specific examples of how to implement strategies for different educational technology tools that
address managing group work, giving students opportunities to practice and process new concepts, incorporating reflective exercises, leveraging constructivist learning practices in dynamic virtual spaces, and accommodating diverse student needs from an inclusive and accessible perspective. At this session we will go through and map the scaffolding suggestions back to the course tools, virtual conferencing, Ally Accessibility tool, Discussions, Journals, Class Conversations, Quizzes, Assignments, Learning Modules etc.
- Understanding the challenges that First Generation students are facing
- Understanding how the LMS EdTech tools can be leveraged to best interact with First Generation Students
- Understanding how to use scaffolding practices in your online course to support First-Generation student success
Is Your Organization Ready for Change?
Te Wu, CEO, PMO Advisory, LLC, Assistant Professor, Management, School of Business, Montclair State University
As organizations tackle "mega projects" such as implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP), replacing antiquated learning management systems (LMS), or upgrading other major systems and infrastructure, preparing the organization for change and complexity have paramount importance. Experience project managers intuitively understand that the success of
the project is often not just the system and process but also adoption – the willingness and preferably the eagerness of the people to embrace change. To evaluate the extent of organizational change and the need for disciplined adoption programs, a best practice is to conduct an Organizational Change Complexity Assessment early. This workshop is hands-on and centers around utilizing a simple tool to evaluate the extent of change of a Learning Management System Replacement at a medium-large university in New Jersey. Participants are encouraged to relate this exercise with their own change project.
- Explain the importance of organizational change management and its complexity
- Review an Organization Change Complexity Assessment Tool
- Apply the tool to a practical example – replacement of a Learning Management System at a medium-large university
Navigating Work From Home Through Enterprise Communications Platform
Kirk Rooney, Senior Solutions Consultant, CBTS
Chris Howes, Ed.D., Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Morehead State University
What is the best way to deliver a secure, enterprise-quality Work-From-Home experience for your employees? Hear how Education, Government and Healthcare have leveraged Hosted Enterprise Unified Communications to provide continuity in their employees day-to-day responsibilities. Elevate your employees work from home capabilities utilizing the full collaboration portfolio. Learn how to leverage and maximize the existing investments of your current applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex Teams, and Webex Meetings by integrating them into a Hosted Cloud Communications solution.
- Gain a better understanding of the flexibility that results in the adoption of Hosted Enterprise Communications.
- Learn how to elevate employees' work from home experience using the full collaboration portfolio.
- Understand how to maximize existing applications by integrating them into the Hosted Cloud Communications offering.
Science Without Philosophy? Critical Components of Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Interaction
Jim Samuel, Associate Professor, Director, Analytics, IS & Applied AI, School of Business, University of Charleston
Myles Garvey, Assistant Teaching Professor, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
This session will provide perspectives on the critical components of human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction. It will provide an overview and an abstraction of current scientific progress in human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction.
The arguments presented will critically and uniquely address the absence of philosophical foundations, and the consequences of the same. The session will conclude with a call for unified-concepts research founded upon sound philosophizing, and developed through relevant scientific processes.
- Insights into human intelligence
- Insights into artificial Intelligence, contextualized to human intelligence
- Human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Announcements
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions
EdgeMarket: Working Together, Working For You
Dan Miller, Director, EdgeMarket, Edge
Edge is your partner for technology and services procurement. EdgeMarket was created by Edge to streamline access to leading technologies and key services through easy purchasing at very favorable pricing and terms. Discover how EdgeMarket works, what is currently available and what is upcoming. Learn how you can easily collaborate with us to help identify and acquire the most impactful technical solutions and professional services to meet the ever-growing and changing demands and opportunities facing us all.
- What EdgeMarket is and how it works
- Introduction to the EdgeMarket Portal
- How to become involved in EdgeMarket procurements
Federated Identity, InCommon, and Enabling Federated Access to Research Services
Ann West, AVP for Trust & Identity at Internet2 and Executive Director of the InCommon Federation
Jim Basney, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputer Applications
Tom Barton, Senior Consultant for Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, UChicago & Internet2
The panel will review the concepts of federated identities, authentication, and the role attributes play in managing access to services. They'll further describe how the InCommon Federation and eduGAIN enable academic collaboration across local, regional, national, and international scales, discuss technical alternatives for participation in InCommon, and delve a bit into how research communities and research cyber infrastructures manage federated access to their services.
- Understanding of the concepts of federated identities, authentication, and the role attributes play in managing access to services.
- How InCommon Federation and eduGAIN enable academic collaboration across local, regional, national, and international scales, and technical alternatives for participation in InCommon
- How research communities and research cyber infrastructures manage federated access to their services
How to Protect Exam Integrity in a Global Pandemic
Connor Koper, Head of Sales - North America, Proctorio
James D'Annibale, Director of Educational Technology, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA
Michael Rotundo, Instructional Designer, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
How are educational institutions supposed to preserve the value of online degrees and the integrity of online assessments during a global pandemic?
Over 1,000 higher-ed, K-12, corporate, and federal institutions have trusted Proctorio's Learning Integrity Platform to provide secure and scalable Identity Verification, Automated and Live Proctoring, and Plagiarism Detection. Proctorio is a NJEdge partner and industry leader that maintains a 99.991% uptime, leverages Zero-Knowledge encryption, and never collects biometric information from end users.
Proctorio seamlessly integrates with most major Learning Management Systems via LTI in just 5-10 minutes, has the lowest system requirements in the industry (supporting devices up to 10 years old!), provides instant exam results, and offers 24/7/365 support. To date, Proctorio has proctored over 26 million exams to serve test takers in all but four countries around the world, 17 million of which were proctored in 2020.
Join Connor Koper, Head of North American Sales at Proctorio, to not only learn about Proctorio's customizable settings and exclusive NJEdge pricing, but to hear directly from ed-tech leaders at two of Proctorio's partner institutions: Molloy College in New York and Wilson College in Pennsylvania.
- Why remote proctoring is a trustworthy, reliable, and secure option for educational institutions to consider using during the COVID-19 crisis.
- The details of the NJEdge / Proctorio partnership that offers exclusive pricing and benefits to all NJEdge Members.
- How educational institutions are using Proctorio to protect the value of online degrees and the integrity of online assessments.
Moving from Manual to Automated Identity Lifecycle Management
Bob McEwan, Sales Director, Fischer Identity LLC
Ed Evans, Senior Assoc Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Ed Evans, Senior Associate Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Bob McEwan, Sales Director, Fischer Identity, will have a "fireside chat" discussing the Identity Management challenges the school faced and their journey to success, turning their obstacles into opportunities.
- The importance of having a strategic Plan for their Identity initiatives
- Turning challenges into opportunities
- The value of having a flexible, future proof solution
Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning
Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research, Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit
This study originated from our multimedia development team at Oregon State University Ecampus. One of our developers was interested in exploring what devices students are using to engage with their online classes and what drives their choices. This research interest stemmed from a broader organizational question of how much time and resources to devote to the development of online materials for the mobile environment. Thus, a focal point for this research study was the question: Are students who take our online courses using their mobile devices to access their online courses and multimedia course materials?
The goal of this study was to gather information from students taking online courses at Oregon State University to determine their preferred devices to view and interact with multimedia for the purpose of their education. In particular, we were interested in exploring why students are using a particular device to engage in online learning and if that device is actually their preferred and/or ideal device.
Transformation of Freshmen Registration and Section Planning
Bharathwaj Vijayakumar, Associate Director of Data Analytics, Rowan University
Samyukta Alapati, Senior Data Analyst, Rowan University
To keep students on-track to graduate, Rowan University places incoming freshmen into the appropriate section of the required courses for their major. However, manually evaluating and registering students became more and more time consuming as Rowan's student population grew. Rowan's Data Analytics team worked in collaboration with the University Advising, Testing Services, and Development & Innovation teams to create an automated system to quickly and accurately evaluate and place all 2,700 incoming freshmen. The solution, known as the FIGS process, saved the university more than 200 hours of staff time. The entire process of assigning students to placement exams and course sections now happens automatically, and the Registrar Office receives a clean, organized dashboard to work from when registering students. The next stage in the process will take it one step further and automatically register students in Banner. This will save approximately 300 additional hours of staff time.
- How to extract information on a day-to-day manual process from the minds of the users and convert them into an automated process?
- How can the freshmen registration process be automated from start to end?
- And what are the different tools that can be used for that How various departments across the university can work together and build a solution that can improve the student experience?
Visibility, Insight, Action - How to make your job easier and your life better
Shannon Hayes, AppDynamics SLED Specialist, AppDynamics
Brian Schoudel, Sr Director of Application Administration, University of Illinois
There has been significant change in the way education institutions are leveraging their applications to interact with students and staff. This session will discuss how the University of Illinois leveraged AppDynamics with their Learning Management System and other mission critical applications.
How application monitoring solutions can:
1. Provide full stack observability of an end-user's experience
2. Reduce MTTR/MTTI by pinpointing root-cause of application slowdown or outage
3. Dynamically baseline application performance and proactively alert anomaly detection
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Closing Announcements / Thank You Sponsors
Closing Announcements / Thank You Sponsors
Thursday 7 Jan 2021
9:30 am - 9:30 am Lobby / Thank You Sponsors
9:45 am - 9:45 am Welcome
9:50 am - 10:15 am Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
10:15 am - 11:45 am Keynote
Understanding Generational Differences To Maximize Organizational Success
Jason Dorsey, President of The Center for Generational Kinetics
Jason Dorsey is the most sought-after Gen Z, Millennial, and generations keynote speaker and researcher. Jason’s passion is solving generational challenges for leaders through his acclaimed keynote presentations and unique research discoveries. Jason delivers specific, practical solutions grounded in original research that inspire audiences and drive measurable results. He’s funny, too.
Jason has been featured on 200+ TV shows, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, and The Early Show. Adweek calls Jason a “research guru” and The New York Times featured him in its cover story on marketing to Millennials. Jason is known for discovering Millennials are breaking into two generations: Mega-llennials and Me-llennials. He’s also known for his quote, “Technology is only new if you remember it the way it was before.”
11:45 am - 11:50 am Announcements
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CIO Forum - Invitation Only
CIO Forum - Invitation Only
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Breakout Sessions
Better Together: K-12 and Community College Collaboration
Shelley Kurland, Ph.D., Dean, Virtual Campus, County College of Morris
Peter Turnamian, Superintendent, Rockaway Township School District
COVID-19 sent the education world into a complete tailspin in March 2020. The pivot from traditional in-person teaching to emergency remote teaching was especially challenging for the K-12 sector as most of the school districts in New Jersey have had limited experience in the virtual environment. We will discuss the collaboration between K-8, high school regional school districts, and community college with the pivot to teaching and learning in a virtual environment.
- Discuss reasons to reach out to organizations and/or institutions to begin collaborations and/or partnerships
- Develop a list of potential collaborations and/or partnerships
- Consider the lessons learned and develop plans for emergency teaching and learning situations
Covid in a Full-Fibre Island
The presentation will focus on how Jersey Channel Islands have delivered a full-fibre network to the premise for every home and business on the island - now boasting the world's third fastest internet speeds. The island experience of managing lockdown, bridging the digital divide and network neutrality. Lastly, how the island plans to go from a 1gig to 10 gig to each premise.
Tony Moretta, CEO, Digital Jersey
- International example of delivering a full-fibre network
- How the network is being used
- Solutions for a digital divide
Edge Network Roadmap Update
Jim Stankiewicz, Associate Vice President and Principal Network Architect, Edge
Come and join Jim Stankiewicz, Associate Vice President and Edge’s Principal Network Architect for a detailed discussion about the Edge network and, specifically, enhancements to the network and services offerings that have occurred over the past year. Jim will also speak to our roadmap for the future of our network based upon the feedback we receive from our connected members and his engagement with colleague networking organizations and networking leaders throughout the industry.
High Performance Data Analytics
David Bader, Distinguished Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Data science aims to solve grand global challenges such as: detecting and preventing disease in human populations; revealing community structure in large social networks; protecting our elections from cyber-threats, and improving the resilience of the electric power grid. Unlike traditional applications in computational science and engineering, solving these social problems at scale often raises new challenges because of the sparsity and lack of locality in the data, the need for research on scalable algorithms and architectures, and development of frameworks for solving these real-world problems on high performance computers, and for improved models that capture the noise and bias inherent in the torrential data streams. In this talk, Bader will discuss the opportunities and challenges in massive data science for applications in social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.
- Attendees will be able to describe challenges in big data analytics
- Attendees will be able to discuss graph data science.
- Attendees will be able to describe the confluence of high performance computing and data science
Mapping a Journey from Vision to Value
Te Wu, CEO, PMO Advisory, LLC, Assistant Professor, Management, School of Business, Montclair State University
One of the hallmarks of successful organizations is their ability to transform their vision into concrete value, consistently and repeatedly. But perhaps just as important as the end goals or value achievements, the journey itself is invaluable to strengthen its people, processes, and the mechanism for this transformation. The presentation presents a proven roadmap for journey starting with ideation; managing through the fuzziness of developing and refining requirements and business cases; prioritizing competing ideas, interests, and resources; preparing for implementation and utilizing sound approaches; leading execution; transitioning from building to sustaining; and sharing and exploiting value.
- Outline a journey roadmap of how organizations can achieve ideas and deliver value
- Explain the required processes, disciplines, challenges, complexities, and requirements to effectively undertake this journey
- Encourage participants to create their own journey map for their team and organization
Preparing for Uncertainty
Steve Adams, Account Executive, Workday
Beth Walkley, Chief Budget Officer, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Over the past 12 months, higher education institutions have needed to pivot quickly with closed campuses, new learning environments, and significant unknowns. In disruptive times, agility is everything. As a result, enabling robust scenario analysis, sensitivity testing, and contingency planning is paramount. Learn how cloud based technologies like Workday Adaptive Planning enable institutions to drive better decisions and best prepare for uncertainty.
- Learn how institutions can plan, model, budget and forecast faster
- How are institutions increasing data transparency to improve the decision-making process
- How can an institution utilize scenario planning to be better prepared for the unknown
Psychology Behind Your Security Awareness Program
Nick Santora, CEO, Curricula
Lots of organizations have a security awareness program, but are they looking at the emotional intelligence behind their design? We will examine the elements of your awareness program and how certain actions positively or negatively impact your employees and the security of your organization. You might be surprised what your phishing tests may be doing for long term behavior change. We will also look at case studies designed to drive engagement, and what you are potentially doing to adversely affect the security culture inside your organization.
- Demonstrate the psychology behind what makes employees trigger in their behavior
- Explain the common mistakes organizations make in their awareness program, phishing tests, and other activities and learn how to fix them
- Exercise case studies to understand the critical drivers behind motivation in your security awareness program
The Disruptions Higher Education Needs
Steven Mintz, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Transformational Learning, University of Texas System & Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
The challenges surrounding higher education in the current circumstances seem daunting,
requiring increased collaboration and partnerships amongst the entire educational system. Colleges and universities that successfully mitigate the connection between college and career and make degree paths less complex, while ensuring their students graduate with the skills
and knowledge needed to thrive, will be most successful.
This session will share pioneering educational methods and offer valuable insights on how to execute the promise of innovation and transformation in education through the assistance of technology.
Transforming the College Classroom Using Tech Tools
Tamara Tallman, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, New Jersey City University
With the advent of distance learning, it has become increasingly more important for online classrooms not to be simply lecture based. This session will discuss how to use the Universal Design for Learning and a myriad of tech tools to design a community of learners and get away from the lecture-based format.
- Choose and use tech tools for higher learning
- Familiarize themselves with UDL and SAMR when choosing tech tools for higher learning
- Using the four C's and transformative technology to enhance their classroom's tech tools
1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
2:10 pm - 3:25 pm Plenary Session
Predictive Analytics using Amazon Web Services
Sanjay Padhi, Ph.D., Head of AWS Research, US Education
Predictive analytics is a set of techniques that are fundamental to large organizations like Amazon. Methods such as Machine Learning are used in many aspects of life, including healthcare, education, and financial modeling. This talk will provide a range of studies using predictive analytics including a detailed overview of methods such as Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning using AWS. Fully managed Artificial Intelligence services to help researchers build, train and deploy ML models in various domains including Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing will also be outlined. Supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning based frameworks and their implications in the fields of scientific computing, medical imaging, cancer detection, diabetic retinopathy, and voice-enabled solutions to improve management of chronic diseases will be discussed. Advancements in Quantum Computing technologies fostering innovations will also be highlighted. The AWS Research Initiatives with funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health in scientific and biomedical sectors, as well as the AWS research credit program will be outlined.
3:25 pm - 3:55 pm Announcements
3:55 pm - 4:35 pm Breakout Sessions
Designing Student Success with Institutional Effectiveness and Business Intelligence
Rob Stirton, VP for Institutional Effectiveness and CIO, County College of Morris
Learn the components and processes of building a comprehensive Institutional Effectiveness office; one that drives critical student measures and demonstrates mission achievement.
- You will know the core components of an IE office
- You will know the differences between Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness
- You will know how to document your activities associated with student success
EdgeLearn - Where Technology and Instruction Grow Together
Joshua Gaul, Executive Director, EdgeLearn, Edge
EdgeLearn is a solution-focused, strategic arm of Edge focused on supporting member institutions in the areas of instructional design and technology. The pandemic has resulted in countless stories of institutions not prepared to teach online. Creating engaging, high quality hybrid or fully online courses needs more than an LMS and videoconferencing. EdgeLearn can help your institution plan, implement, and develop online and hybrid programs through expertise in instructional design, instructional technology, training, and project management. This session will show you how EdgeLearn will help member institutions succeed by providing support, expertise, and collaboration without taking ownership of your instructional output.
1. Detail the services EdgeLearn provides through EdgePro
2. List the partners EdgeLearn works with to provide educational technology solutions
3. Explain ways EdgeLearn plans to grow over the next 3-5 years
Emerging Technologies in Higher Education
Mike Newcomb, CTO - Higher Education Strategic Vertical Markets, Juniper Networks
The university networking landscape continues to evolve from end to end. The core of the network is continually pressured for more speed and agility. Technologies that utilize AI and the cloud will enable the network to adapt to the changing environment. New challenges with contract tracing and extending the campus to the home must be addressed and the status quo will not be good enough. Emerging technologies in cloud based Wi-Fi utilizing AI , machine learning, and BLE will have a significant, positive impact on the end user experience.
Gain an understanding of:
- The application of AI in a University network infrastructure.
- The impact of Microservices in the cloud on the agility of the Wi-Fi network.
How to improve and manage a next generation network of remote faculty and administration.
Make it Fantastic, Make it Feasible: Maintaining Quality in Online and Remote Teaching During Challenging Times
Michelle Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
How can we help all students gain a solid foundation of knowledge, while also teaching them how to think? How do working memory and attention factor in to the learning process? And how do we keep students motivated to put in the effort that’s necessary to accomplish deep learning? These questions are some of the most challenging ones we face as we design and teach our courses, and now, they are front and center as we re-envision quality education in a time of upheaval and rapid change. We can address them by applying theoretical frameworks derived from learning sciences. We can also draw on the practical wisdom of experience developed by faculty members doing the hard work of keeping students moving forward towards their academic goals.
Modernizing IAM, IDaaS
Christopher Robley, Director of Systems, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Chris Bland, Systems Manager, Fairleigh Dickinson University
This session will cover modernization of SSO/ Identity IAM. We will discuss the flexibility associated with integrations with SaaS solutions, DR strategy (cloud IAM) and Lifecycle Management, cost savings including licenses/resources/security. Additional topics for discussion will include enhanced administrative management with enterprise and overall better user experience.
- Modernization IAM - IDaaS
- Enhanced User Experience
- Increased Security
Resources and Communities of Practice Facilitating Computing and Data-intensive Research and Education
Dana Brunson, Executive Director, Research Engagement, Internet2
Forough Ghahramani, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, NJEdge
Julie Ma, Program Manager, Northeast Cyberteam Initiative, Program Manager, CAREERS Cyberteam, Campus Champions Leadership Team, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), Harvard University
Andrew Sherman, Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Arts & Sciences Computational Research Support, Yale Center for Research Computing
This session will provide information about research support resources and communities available at the local, regional, and national level, bridging researchers with the resources and collaborations. Topics will include national Cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources, such as XSEDE and Open Science Grid (OSG), Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC),
the Campus Champions network, regional communities and resources including the Eastern Regional Network's (ERN) Broadening the Reach initiatives supporting less-resourced institutions, the NSF sponsored Cyberteams projects for advancing research and education in Eastern Regional Schools, and EdgeDiscovery enabling research and Innovation. As researchers become more reliant on the use of big data and sophisticated computing techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the demand for experts who can wield these tools effectively has grown considerably, the NSF CAREERS Cyberteam project strengthens the research computing career pipeline, increases the availability of research computing experts who can collaborate with researchers, and provide this support to underserved institutions. Northeast Cyberteam is addressing the challenges faced by smaller, mid-sized and under-resourced campuses by building a pool of research computing facilitators that can be shared across institutional boundaries. The regional networks have a significant role, such as Edge through EdgeDiscovery, in serving as facilitator and user support for the smaller institutions in advancing research and discovery.
- Raise awareness of research support resources and communities available at the local, regional, and national level, bridging researchers with the resources and collaborations.
- Investments made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in making Advanced Cyberinfrastructure resources available in support of Research and Innovation.
- EdgeDiscovery initiatives and its collaborative network for advancing research and discovery.
Women Leaders in Technology Network (WLiT) presents: 10 Ways to Be an Ally for Women in Tech
Christina DelliSanti-Miller, Career Transition Coach
Friday 8 Jan 2021
9:30 am - 9:45 am Lobby / Thank You Sponsors
Lobby / Thank You Sponsors
9:45 am - 11:05 am Plenary Session
Everything You Need To Know About The Business Of Esports
"The Official Podcast Of Esports", a weekly show that debates the latest trends and opportunities in the industry will broadcast LIVE from EdgeCon
William Collis, Co-owner and Co-founder of Team Genji
Paul 'The Profit' Dawalibi, CEO of Conquest and CEO of Obsidian Ventures
11:05 am - 11:10 am Announcements
11:10 am - 11:30 am Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
Exhibit Hall / Chat Lounge
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions
Collegiate Esports Insights
Demetrios Roubos, Associate Director, Information Security, Program Manager, Stockton Esports, Adjunct Faculty, Computer Science, Stockton University
Join Demetrios Roubos for an interactive session about collegiate esports program development. Specific focus will be
placed on technology integration, innovation initiatives, and best serving the community of participants.
- Learn how to plan and build an esports facility
- Develop an active esports community
- Effectively utilize in-house talent to meet the needs of your program
Creating an Optimal Student Experience by Transforming Engagement
Ahmed El-Haggan, VP of IT/IA, CIO & Professor of Computer Science, Coppin State University
Jennifer Beyer, VP, Product Management, Anthology
This session will provide insight into how Coppin State University (CSU), an Historically Black Institution (HBI) that serves mostly Baltimore City residents, re-engineered their business strategy and technology platform to increase student engagement and satisfaction. CSU serves disadvantaged minorities, first-generation, multi-generation student body. Recent NSSE surveys indicated that student satisfaction at CSU lagged other Mid-East public universities by 29 points for first-year students and 9 points for seniors. The institution created a high-impact engagement strategy supported by a campus-wide CRM, which enables a deeper understanding of individual journeys, and personalized engagement across the student lifecycle. By taking a personalized student-centric approach and leveraging a system that includes predictive and prescriptive analytics, as well as workforce analytics to align academics and student skills with the needs of the workforce, Coppin State now has the foundation to improve the student experience, achieve enrollment goals, and prepare students for career success. In this session, Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan, VP of IT & Advancement, CIO and Prof. of Computer Science at CSU, and Dr. Jennifer Beyer, Anthology VP of Product Management, present the institution's process for improving student engagement and designing an optimal journey for each student.
- Attendees will learn how to scale up student engagement without scaling up staff
- Gain insight into developing a strategy to improve the students experience across the student lifecycle, from prospect to alumni
- Explore how intelligent cloud-based CRM, and workforce analytics can help keep students engaged, motivated and aware of how their academic programs aligned with their career goals and the needs of the labor market
Cybercriminals Also Work from Home
Etay Maor, Boston College adjunct professor, Cybersecurity Researcher,
Keynote Speaker, RSA Conference Community Member
The global pandemic has moved up the adoption of the 'work from home' from something organizations consider to a new norm, one which will not disappear any time soon. During this time cybercriminals have not slowed down, quite the contrary, there is a sharp increase in the number of attacks against those working from home, remote administration systems,
collaboration tools and more. In this session we will take a look at some of these attacks, discuss the attacker's point of view and review security best practices and mitigation strategies.
In this session we will take a look at some of these attacks, discuss the attacker's point of view and review security best practices and mitigation strategies.
Managing your Ellucian Admin Systems
Digi Edwards, Ellucian Systems Guru, Edge
Gregg Chottiner, VP Technology Advancement, Edge
Illustrating how Edge can assess, recommend and execute technical and functional improvements to a schools admin systems. Edge has resources with specific skill sets and experience to implement upgrades , interfaces and new modules to your Ellucian environment. Edge can also help prepare a school for digital transformation to a modern SaaS solution.
- Assess and improve Ellucian admin systems
- The capabilities of modern SaaS solutions
- The advantages of the cloud for reliability, scaling, performance and savings
Transforming the World through Data Science for Good
Florence D. Hudson, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University
The Northeast BIg Data Innovation Hub is a community convener, collaboration hub, and catalyst for data science innovation in the Northeast Region of the U.S.. Our mission is to build and strengthen partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to address societal and scientific challenges, spur economic development, and accelerate innovation in the national big data ecosystem. Join us (https://nebigdatahub.org/about) to learn about the exciting initiatives you can participate in across our four focus areas of Health, Responsible Data Science including security + privacy + ethics, Education and Data Literacy, and Urban to Rural Communities. We will present projects such as the COVID Information Commons (https://covidinfocommons.net), the Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop in collaboration with IEEE and Underwriters Laboratories, the Northeast Student Data Corps, and more, inviting you to join in the efforts and share your data science related insights and projects so together we may transform the world through data science for good.
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Closing Announcements & Thank You Sponsors