BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LearnLaunch Institute, with co-host MIT Office of Digital Learning, unveiled today the agenda for the 6th Across Boundaries Conference, February 1-2, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

At each step along the learning pipeline, educators and employers alike cite a lack of confidence in the current system’s ability to prepare learners for success. Innovation can unleash the potential of edtech for our communities and our economy. The conference will bring together experts to discuss these critical challenges.

Keynotes include: Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Vice President for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; K-12 innovators Thomas L. Rooney, Superintendent, Lindsay Unified School District and Devin Vodicka, Chief Impact Officer, AltSchool.

Sessions will cover early ed to K-12 and higher ed to continuing/adult education. Hot topics include personalizing learning, edtech for workforce development, retaining and graduating higher ed students, as well as edtech applications of artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality and blockchain in education.

The conference will address topics such as:

  • Instructional Design with the Online Learning Consortium
  • Top research findings on edtech, with NBER author Philip Oreopoulos, and Digital Promise’s Aubrey Francisco
  • Advice from successful edtech entrepreneurs from Panorama, Ellevation and Ready4
  • Redesigning High School, with Alec Resnick and Beth Anderson
  • Connecting Colleges with Careers, with Christine Ortiz, PeopleGrove and UConnect

The conference also features the Learning Innovation Showcase with 24 K-12 and higher ed teacher and student teams, and hands-on workshops in design thinking, augmented reality, project based learning, and flipped classrooms.

More than 1,500 entrepreneurs, educators, edtech industry participants, students, and investors will explore opportunities presented in five plenary sessions, a pitch competition, 48 concurrent sessions, birds-of-a-feather dinners, and a startup exhibition area—a sneak peek of cutting-edge innovations that are transforming learning and changing the way educational institutions do business.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Curriculum Associates and Pearson. Please visit our sponsorship page if you are interested in becoming a Conference sponsor. Visit our Learning Innovation Showcase page if you are interested in submitting to be part of the showcase. To register for the 2018 Across Boundaries Conference, visit the event registration page.

About LearnLaunch Institute
LearnLaunch Institute catalyzes a community that drives innovation to transform learning and increase achievement. Our education innovation ecosystem mobilizes educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates. As a nonprofit, the Institute offers learning opportunities and connections to individuals, support services to schools, and a district network. We believe in expanding access to learning that is engaging, personalized, and effective. Edtech is a critical component of achieving this vision at scale. For more Information and our upcoming events, visit www.learnlaunch.org or follow us @LearnLaunch.  LearnLaunch Institute is a part of the LearnLaunch family, which includes LearnLaunch Accelerator and coworking space LearnLaunch Campus.  Learn more about our full family of services at www.learnlaunch.com.

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