Putting the Learner at the Center

March 6 – 8, 2013
Baltimore, MD

(Last updated 2‐25‐13 @ 12:00 pm ET)
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Weather Update for 3/6/13: Conference will start on time


7:30 am – 9:00 am   Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pre‐Conference Workshops

Pre‐conference workshop topics are based on suggestions and votes made through IdeaScale.  Some sessions might have a longer duration than others, and some may be repeated. Workshop descriptions can be found as a link from the workshop title.

9:00 am – 10:25 am Workshops

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop

10:40 am – 12:00 pm Workshops

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Boxed Lunch (for pre‐conference participants only)

1:00 pm – 2:25 pm Workshop

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshops

2:40 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop

4:00 pm Adjourn – participants on own


9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Review of Conference Agenda by Bob Horton, Associate Deputy Director, IMLS

9:30 am    Transition to Project Demonstrations

9:45 am – 11:45 am Project Demonstrations

Project demonstrators will focus on the progress of their project and lessons learned. Participants will be divided into three groups, and will be asked to rotate every 45 minutes to a different set of project demos.  Confirmed project demonstrations include:

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Transition from project demos to Lunch/Lightning Talks

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lightning Talks

Interested participants will take a boxed lunch and gather in the Maryland Ballroom to listen to very brief presentations. The session will feature up to 20 lightning talks, each three minutes in duration, with the option to include up to three slides. [Lightning talks are now filled.]

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Transition to Project/Partnership Incubator Sessions

1:30 pm –5:30 pm Project/Partnership Incubator

The goal is to have 10 to 12 participants per group, which includes a pre‐selected facilitator. The purpose is to share new ideas and identify potential areas for collaboration.  More information about incubator groups is available on the WebWise site.  In particular, see the posts titled: “Hatch your project ideas at the Project/Partnership Incubator Session” and “Tell Us About Your Project Ideas!

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Speed Consulting & Networking Session

This is an optional opportunity for participants to meet one‐on‐one with government project directors, program officers, and other federal experts who will address questions about their agency. Although this is designed to be an informal event, priority will be given to participants who sign up in advance.  Conference attendees will be notified via email once on‐line requests for a speed consulting session are being accepted.


7:30 am – 9:00 am   Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am Keynote Presentation (followed by Q&A)

  • Speaker: Audrey Watters
  • Talk Title: “Hack Education Whose Learning is it Anyway?”
  • Talk Abstract: The last few years have seen an explosion in the number of technology tools available for teaching and learning  ‐‐  new apps, new software, new websites, new hardware for creating and for consuming a wide variety of educational content and experiences. But how many of these put the wants and needs of learner at their core? Who controls the usage, the content, the data of these technologies? How can we build tools, programs, practices that make learners the subjects rather than the objects of ed‐tech? What features should we look for in technologies so we can help learners build a “domain of their own”?

10:30 am – 12:00 pm   Sharing

Each group facilitator will have 4 minutes to recap their Project/Partnership Incubator discussion, which we hope will result in practical/realistic actions that a participant can take to make improvements within their home institution.

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Closing Remarks by Susan Hildreth, Director, IMLS