Keynotes

Marc Rosenberg

Learning Ecosystems: Reshaping the Future of Learning

Tuesday, May 31 at 1:00 pm

Education is at a tipping point. The sheer amount of knowledge available, and the speed in which that knowledge is changing, challenges our traditional learning models. There are major shifts taking place that will change our viewpoints of just what learning is and how it will be perceived by the next generation of learners. Some of these changes were born in business settings and are transferring to the education space. Others have come out of education and could benefit the private sector. Marc will provide his 35-year perspective on the future direction of the field, bringing in some lessons, and some disasters, and well as some opportunities and threats to what we do. Of major interest are the expanding opportunities and challenges that the new future will provide. From changes in the classroom to new learning ecosystems, this presentation will provide food for thought about where we are headed and what we still need to learn.


Dr. Marc J. Rosenberg is an independent New Jersey, U.S.A.-based management consultant, writer, speaker, educator, and leading figure in the world of training, organizational learning, elearning, knowledge management and performance improvement. Marc’s expertise extends across all of the emerging fields of learning and organizational knowledge strategy, performance support, change management, instructional design and evaluation. He also focuses on the future of the field, including “learning 2.0” and “web 2.0” initiatives. His clients include major corporations, professional associations and trade groups across multiple industries, including telecommunications, energy, technology, insurance, manufacturing, health care and financial services/securities, as well as several governmental agencies.

Dr. Rosenberg, a veteran of more than 30 years in the field of organizational learning, has an international reputation as a leading advocate and expert on using integrated performance improvement systems to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness. Marc was a pioneer in the development of electronic performance support systems. His career includes 18 years at AT&T, where he developed the company’s education and training strategy, and directed major corporate initiatives in learning technology, performance management, and training reengineering. He also served as the e-learning and knowledge management field leader for Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (now part of PwC Consulting).

Dr. Rosenberg holds a Ph.D. in instructional design, plus degrees in communications and marketing. He also holds the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) designation from ISPI, reflective of his experience and expertise in the field of organizational performance improvement, is an ISPI honorary life member, the Society’s highest award, and a recipient of the prestigious Guild Master award from the eLearning Guild. He is a former vice president of his local community’s Board of Education.

Ken Steele

Rethinking Education: Innovations in Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, June 1 at 9:15 am

Educators and institutions face demands for change from all sides: students want more flexible and experiential programs, government wants more efficiency and measurable outcomes, and employers want “job-ready” graduates. In the 20th century we applied industrial-age models, resulting in ever-larger classes, multiple-choice exams, online classes, and simplified grading systems. Further upscaling is not an option: the time has come to rethink some of our longstanding assumptions about program structure, learning delivery, textbooks, and student evaluation and credentialing. In this dynamic, media-rich keynote, Ken Steele will synthesize a vast array of up-to-the-moment research data, trends, news and forecasts to provide a radical “big picture” view of the future of education. To be truly student-centred and relevant, our institutions need to address some fundamental and startling questions. Ken will share examples of institutions that have already begun to move in innovative directions, and engage session participants in real-time online polls. (Be sure to bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop!)


Since 2000, more than 25,000 higher education professionals across Canada and the US have come to rely on Ken Steele as a definitive source of breaking news, bright ideas, and strategic thinking about student trends, technological innovation, branding and recruitment marketing. Ken’s unique perspective has been shaped by award-winning careers spanning 3 decades, first as a humanities computing researcher and Shakespeare instructor, then an IT consultant, ad agency creative director, and ultimately a higher education market research analyst and consultant.

Ken co-founded Academica Group, helped design and interpret some of the world’s largest ongoing surveys of postsecondary consumers, conceived the Top Ten daily email newsletter and edited it for the first decade. He has published dozens of white papers and reports on postsecondary students and branding, co-authored Canada’s first book on strategic enrolment management, and now produces a weekly video podcast, Ten with Ken, which explores emerging trends and bright ideas.

Ken has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities, helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, and develop distinctive institutional strategies and brand positions. He provides environmental scans for strategic planning and board retreats, marketing audits of print, online and social media, and facilitation for strategic branding exercises using his proprietary Brand Chemistry™ model.

Ken brings his comprehensive perspective to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year – from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. Ken has become Canada’s most sought-after campus presenter and conference keynoter because he continually synthesizes breaking news, research, data and trends, and delivers dynamic, up-to-date presentations incorporating video and visuals, real-time audience polling, wry humour and insights specific to each audience.