Educate 2017: Agenda


Opening Session

9:30 – 10:30am
Keynote: An Intro to Educate

Join Learnosity Co-Founders Gavin and Mark for an introductory session to set the scene and help get things started. The guys will give an overview of where they see the industry going and how Learnosity has positioned itself to anticipate, respond to, and even lead change. They’ll provide a brief outline of the goals of the conference and offer a taste of what you can expect to come away with over the course of Educate.

Product Owner Track

10:30 – 11:10am
The Capabilities of Customization: An Overview

Learning ends when you stop trying new things!

That’s how we feel at Learnosity, and it’s why we keep challenging ourselves to innovate and improve every day. It’s also how we’d like you to feel. That’s why our APIs offer all the flexibility you need to create just about any kind of assessment you can imagine.

Our carefully curated speaker presentations on customization will help unlock the unknowns and show you how it’s possible to create world-class assessments that are industry specific, tailored to your brand identity, and capable of leveraging existing analytics tools so you can go deeper than ever before.

11:30am – 12:10pm
In Their Own Words: Learnosity Client Success Stories

No two clients are the same. There’ll always be different needs, different challenges and different solutions. This is where product flexibility comes into play. Get a clearer picture of how you can leverage Learnosity’s potential by listening to the stories and successes of those who have already been there. Guest speaking at this session are UNIwise, Otus, OnCourse Systems for Education, and Big Ideas Learning.

12:10 – 12:50pm
Enhancing EdTech: Together is Better (Partner Panel)

When it comes to delivering on the huge promise of technology, we believe that together is better.

Join us for a panel discussion and learn more about complementary technical offerings from some of the top companies currently innovating in the edtech space, including Fluence, Desmos, GeoGebra, Aveniros and TextHelp.

1:40 – 2:20pm
Inclusivity Means Opportunity: Why Accessibility is a Priority

Enable your learning platform to reach more students by utilizing Learnosity’s Accessibility tools. In this session, we’ll explore some of the work we’ve done to remove barriers for students with disabilities, and how designing your product with accessibility in mind improves the experience for every user. We’ll discuss the challenges of making interactive technology accessible, as well as how to utilize specific functionality such as accessible colors, support for screen readers and keyboard usability.

2:20- 3:00pm
Mining for Gold: Using Advanced Analytics to Get More Value from Your Data

Data mining is a multi-industry trend that looks certain to grow in both scope and application. It offers a hugely powerful means of identifying aggregates and trends at all levels, which is why we’ve worked extensively on deepening our analytics APIs over the last year.

This session will walk you through the latest advancements to our analytics and show you how we can make your data more valuable and how we handle the heavy lifting to make it easier for you to create complex reports at individual, class, school, or district level.

3:20 – 4:00pm
A Formula for Success:
Developing Learnosity’s Auto-Scoring Math Engine

Our plans for Learnosity’s MathCore and SpokenMath engines have always been ambitious: to create a product that is powerful enough to give professional Math authors the freedom to create advanced math questions, yet intuitive enough to enable teachers to author questions easily and quickly.

Our speakers in this session will show you how we got there and where we are headed. They will take you through the stages of the development process – from the technical considerations of building an auto-scoring math engine to the challenges of evolving its user interface, all without breaking existing content. You’ll also get a peek at the future of math authoring.

4:00 – 4:40pm
Neverending Story: Exploring Learnosity’s Ongoing Product Evolution

From identifying a niche gap in the market to powering an entire industry, Learnosity has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time.

But it’s your insights that help drive our innovations.

Join us as we take you through our planning and development process. From client feedback to story selection, get the low-down on how (and why) the Learnosity product evolves.

So sit back, relax, and learn about how it all comes together.

Developer Track

10:30 – 11:10am
Customizing Assessments: Why Going from Good to Great is Easier than You Think

Learnosity is designed to support creative and powerful assessment building. So if you’ve ever looked on in envy or frustration at a competitor’s super-sleek assessment solution, then it’s time to rekindle your creative fire.

By quickly building professional-quality assessments using Learnosity’s tools, we’ll show how you can easily tailor every aspect of your assessment experience to make your end product just as polished, stylish and powerful as anything else on the market. But why make your assessments as good as what’s already out there when you can just as easily make them even better?

11:30am – 12:10pm
Customizing Authoring: Create powerful solutions with ease, leveraging and extending our APIs

High-quality content is more likely to yield high-quality learning outcomes. But how can you make world-class assessments without stretching your resources to their limits?

Get the insights you need from our authoring experts, and learn how to gain maximum value from Learnosity by utilizing the full range of author customization capabilities at your disposal.

Find out more around the benefits of configurable authoring tools, creating your own question templates, and how to quickly build minimal authoring experiences that look and perform exactly as you want them to.

12:10 – 12:50pm
Today’s Special: Item Versioning and Dynamic Content

Are your static soufflés not rising as you’d like? Then it’s time to work smarter, not harder!

Improve the consistency of your student engagement with assessments to savour. Gradually add a rich assortment of question types via CSV imports to increase the volume and depth of your mixture. Or create a lighter texture by stirring in airy branching activities before allowing the mixture to set in an itembank pool for immutable live content.

For a taste of real success, join Rich and Andrew as they share some of their most delectable samples with their lucky guests.

1:40 – 2:20pm
Looking Ahead & Keeping Connected – Tech Development for Mobile and Offline

Tech development can be a bit of a balancing act. On the one hand you need to keep abreast of industry trends and meet the needs of billions of users coming online via mobile devices.

On the other hand you need to consider the problem of Internet inaccessibility and slow connection speeds. How can your product evolve to meet the rising tide while making sure no one is left stranded by the digital divide?

Join our speakers as they address some of the challenges of developing cutting-edge technologies that cater for users across all levels of Internet connectivity.

2:20 – 3:00pm
Quick ‘n Lazy: How We Keep Things Speedy While Staying Out of Your Way

Our code runs on your page so we have a responsibility not to hog the memory, bandwidth, and CPU cycles that you need to deliver the best experience to your users.

That’s why we aim to make our APIs the fastest part of any page or product.

In this session, we’ll look at some specific examples of how we keep things fast at all levels of our architecture by using only the resources that we need, when we need them. We’ll talk about how we detect performance issues, and some improvements we’d like to make in the future. We’ll also have some suggestions to help client developers get the best performance out of Learnosity’s products.

3:20 – 4:00pm
Evolving APIs & Audio with the Changing Web

Originally built using a clever combination of Flash and Javascript, the audio question was where it all started for Learnosity, and it’s been a feather in our cap ever since.
But times change. Flash’s lack of open standard has had knock-on implications for products transitioning to newer mobile platforms. Yet our tech team anticipated the problem before it had a chance to become one. Learn how we successfully embraced experimental web technologies such as WebRTC to evolve our product and bring audio questions to mobile.

4:00 – 4:40pm
Hello World: Reaching New Markets with Learnosity’s Internationalization Solutions

Providing cutting-edge technology for learners around the world is hugely important, but it means having to address the potential barrier of language.

This session explores how Learnosity has met this challenge by developing APIs that offer a robust internationalization solution for the Assessment, Authoring, and Analytics API suite.

Join us and find out how Learnosity can help you reach new markets by making it easy to localize your product and content.

Closing Session

4:40 – 5:15pm
Q&A Forum with Closing Remarks

Listening to information is great, but we’re all about the power of interaction to get those neurons really firing.

So join us in the Q&A Forum as we decompress the day’s events together in an informal setting where you can ping us your questions, offer your thoughts and suggestions, or just shoot the breeze with our team of presenters.


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