A Look Behind the Scenes of #Edtech with the CIC15 Speakers

The 2015 Content in Context (CIC) conference, Development & Delivery for Digital Learners, offers expert insights from industry leaders, researchers, and educators. Get a sneak peak of these thought leaders and their perspectives on the current state of education. Part three of the series focuses on speakers from the #EdTech Forum. Visit the CIC website for more information and to register.

Paul Belfanti, Director, Content Architecture, Pearson

On the goal of establishing common industry standards: “With the advent of much more digitally delivered content you see a much bigger need and opportunity to be able to get to market faster, to reduce overhead by aligning with those industry standards. We feel that it’s kind of a “rising tide moment” where if the key stakeholders in our industry can make a commitment around existing standards, we’ve got a real opportunity to reduce overhead, allow folks to be more innovative and get to market faster.”

“Opening Up: Pearson’s Paul Belfanti Promotes Collaboration on Open Standards in Education Publishing,” by Denis Wilson, BookBusiness (November 2013)

Garth Conboy, Chairman of the Board, International Digital Publishing Forum

On the spectrum of the ePub system: “I think the concept of an ePub reading system is important. It’s a very broad definition, which is significant in that it is not required, though it’s nice, that you take an ePub file all the way out to, say, a consumer device that someone might hold in their hand. But it is also feasible to take ePub at the very other of a publishing system, which is what, for instance, Amazon does.”

Garth Conboy, Taiwan Publishing Forum (September 28, 2010)

Jim Goodell, Senior Education Analyst, Quality Information Partners

On the evolution of the CEDS “CEDS has evolved from a project focused on helping people at the state level to understand what kinds of data they needed to collect in state longitudinal data systems in order to be able to produce federal reporting…so it’s evolved from that use to many other uses, realizing that we need to be having conversations across technical and non-technical organizations, across multiple standards organizations.”

“Standards, Standards, Everywhere: The Technical Side to Education Standards,” Education Table Talk (July 22, 2014)

Bob Moore, Founder, RJM Strategies LLC & CoSN Privacy Project Director

On technical challenges presented by online assessments “The value of online assessments, with the ability to analyze and report data quickly so that teachers can make instructional adjustments is undeniable. Whether implementing Common Core-aligned or other statewide online assessments, districts will have a number of logistical and technical challenges to overcome in order to have a successful experience. Much has been written about the technical requirements for computers and tablets. This will continue to evolve as the assessments are finalized and as technology changes. The challenge of sufficient bandwidth (Internet and in-district/school networks) has existed since the first education networks were built. In spite of aggressive efforts by public and private sector organizations to solve this problem, the demand for bandwidth will continue to outpace the growth in available bandwidth for most schools.”

Mitigating Bandwidth Limitations for Online Assessments, by Bob Moore, RJM Strategies, in conjunction with Eastern Suffolk BOCES and NYIT, Analyst Report sponsored by Intel (September 17, 2013)

Steve Nordmark, Chief Academic Officer, Knovation

On accountability vs. competency: “In many public K12 systems today, we focus on accountability to time – our school calendar, our pacing guides – instead of accountability to real demonstrations of knowledge, skill and understanding. We focus on getting far enough during that time instead of ensuring that learners have achieved competency (or mastery) with the learning goals (the knowledge and skills). Over time, gaps in competency create more significant issues in the learner’s ability to achieve the next learning goal, since he hasn’t mastered the prerequisite knowledge or skills.”

“Shifting Accountability to Competency-based Learning,” Knovation blog (January 7, 2015)

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