What Were People Talking About at SXSWedu?

The SXSWedu Conference and Festival event wrapped up last week, and education technologists had a lot to say. Our friends over at eCampus News put together a list of sound bites from the various sessions.

From the quality of content production and the role of the LMS, to the use of mobile devices and data collection, the event seemed to be abuzz with educators talking about the things that are changing the face of higher education today.  Among the list of quotes, we couldn’t help but gravitate toward this one:

“The real challenge is for those who are tasked with collecting data and providing learning outcomes, but much of the learning isn’t taking place inside the LMS for that data collection.”

– Michael Berman, Vice President for Technology and Communication, California State University Channel Islands

At Helix Education, we continue to talk about the importance of data aggregation across the student life cycle. We believe that institutions who have the ability to gain insight into their student’s experience and collect actionable data to improve that experience, is what continues to transform higher education for the better.

Regardless of where learning is taking place, inside the LMS or otherwise, we think that the information that comes out of their CRM, SIS and other systems is also relevant in understanding outcomes. It’s this information that can help institutions better gauge learning outcomes and ultimately use the results to personalize the learning experience for each and every student.

It is great to see that data continues to be an integral part of the dialog in higher education circles. As institutions everywhere strive to deliver enhanced learning experiences, data can enable them to tailor programs and support through a variety of learning modalities, helping them deliver the kind of personalized, student-centric experiences that can result in stronger learning outcomes.

Steve Pappageorge

As Chief Product Officer, Steve brings a wealth of general management and technology leadership to his role at Helix Education. Having spent nearly 11 years with DeVry University, serving in a variety of roles, he was most recently the dean of the College of Continuing Education, New Programs, and Outreach. Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lake Forest College and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.