NMC On the Horizon > Big Data

Where EdTech Leaders Bring Horizon Project Research to Life

13 November 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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How can we leverage Big Data for teaching and learning? How can Big Data personalize learning experiences and boost engagement across education sectors? What are some challenges we will face along the way, and how can we begin to solve them? 

Join the NMC and our panel of Big Data thought leaders on Wednesday, November 13 at 10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET (check for local time). This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcast live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees.

Big Data is a science that has long been used by businesses to analyze commercial activities, identify spending trends, and predict consumer behavior. Education sectors are embarking on similar data science pursuits, but with the aim of improving student retention and providing a high quality, personalized experience for learners. For museums, for example, Big Data provides access to demographics information that can be correlated with visitor patterns to inform the development of exhibitions and programs.

Panel Moderator:
Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Founder and President, Hippasus

Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, an educational consulting firm focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. The basis for Hippasus is to be found in Dr. Puentedura's eighteen years of work in educational research and reform. While a teaching fellow at Harvard University, he codeveloped new courses in the introductory sciences, aimed at increasing the breadth and depth of science understanding for majors and non-majors alike. This work resulted in a Phi Beta Kappa teaching award, as well as his being named a Harvard Technology Fellow. Over the next twelve years, as a faculty member at Bennington College, and as the Director of the College's New Media Center, Dr. Puentedura designed and implemented new models for teaching that made exemplary use of new media and networking technologies. Finally, as an active participant in the Vermont Common Core Initiative educational reform process, Dr. Puentedura has worked to bring to K-12 education the research that has informed the rest of his work. He is also a member of the NMC Board of Directors.

Meet our Big Data Panel

Erin Bartolo, Data Science Program Manager for the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Data Science at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (iSchool)

Erin Bartolo is the Data Science Program Manager for the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Data Science at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (iSchool). In her role, Erin speaks to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on skills needed to work in this emerging field, as well as to prospective and current students. Her experience is in communications and marketing, where data science is now heavily employed. She is applying her working knowledge of multiple industries to this venture. Erin holds an advanced degree in communications.

David Boxer,  Director of Information Support Services, The Blake School

David Boxer has more than fifteen years of experience in the educational technology field, including service as a classroom teacher, university technology specialist, curriculum developer and staff developer, and now he serves as the Director of Information Support Services at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN. Currently, he is serving as a founding member of the New Media Consortium's K-12 Ambassador program, a group of K-12 education professionals. Previous to his tenure at Blake, Boxer founded and co-directed the Center for Teaching and Learning at Windward School in Los Angeles. Boxer partnered with faculty across disciplines at Windward to develop curriculum innovations focused on advanced uses of educational and information technology tools for secondary schools. He has presented a number of these innovations at educational conferences and has also been appointed a Google Certified Teacher. He was selected to be part of the NAIS Teachers of the Future which seeks to advance idea-sharing about innovation in teaching and learning in independent schools. In 2009, he was selected to join the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads and the same year his school was award the E.E Ford's Educational Leadership Grant.

Nicole Stutzman Forbes, Chair of Learning Initiatives and the League Director of Education, Dallas Museum of Art

Nicole Stutzman Forbes provides vision, leadership, and direction for the DMA’s division of Education, including long range planning, visitor studies and evaluation, budgets, and staff development. She has degrees in Art History, and has been on staff at the DMA since 1999. From 2008-2011, she served on the Museum Education Development Board of the National Art Education Association and she has actively presented at the NAEA conferences for over 10 years.

Jeffrey Gumpf, Chief IT Architect, Case Western Reserve University

Jeffrey Gumpf is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been in this role since 2006. As the lead IT architect for the University, he is responsible for tracking new technologies, exploring how they might impact the University's IT ecosystem, collaborating with peers at other institutions to develop IT related solutions to customer needs in higher education, developing and recommending IT strategies, and supporting the mission of the CIO and IT division of the University. Prior to this position, Jeff was Director of Infrastructure Services at CWRU, responsible for the campus network and the central server and storage systems of the University.

Jill Hurst-Wahl, Associate Professor of Practice in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Director of the M.S. Library and Information Science & LIS with School Media Specialization Programs

In Jill Hurst-Wahl's role at Syracuse University, she provides oversight to the iSchool’s Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Data Science. Jill has a background in information technology and worked with large data sets, before they received the moniker of “big.”  She currently serves on the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council. For her, Big Data and libraries have a natural fit, in terms of services they provide and information needed for advocacy.

About the NMC On the Horizon Series

The NMC On the Horizon series reflects the research and work of the NMC Horizon Project in action. International panels of experts are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies poised to significantly impact teaching and learning.



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