Over the past 25 years, the world has changed faster and with more complexity than ever before. The most significant driving force is the advent of the Internet and the rapid advancement of technology as part of the digital age. Such a radical global transformation has demanded people to learn new theories and knowledge that simply did not exist two decades ago, new skills that are of more prominence in our daily lives, and new technological competencies that will enable further advancement. Educational technology is a broad term which encompasses domains like learning technologies (MOOCs, Mobile Learning, open content), visualization (3D printing/rapid prototyping, visual data analysis), internet and social media technologies (identity, IoT, real-time translation), digital strategies (BYOD, flipped classrooms, makerspaces) and consumer technologies (tablets, wearables, telepresence/holographic rendering).
Join us to discuss the critical issues, like:
- Which technologies will be important in the next 2-3 years and after 2020?
- How can we ensure technology can support the underlying curriculum?
- How will the role of the educational institution change as a result of these new technologies?
- Can technology help close the emerging skills and jobs gap?
Six Red Marbles
Bob Fogel is CEO of Six Red Marbles, the largest US-based provider of K-16 custom learning experience design (LXDTM), content development and related technology development services. Bob has an impressive background in both leading Tier One learning organizations and teaching and consulting in strategic planning, operational assessment, organizational culture, innovation, and change management. Bob has designed and taught courses in top multinational companies and has been an executive coach with senior executives.
Bob has a long history of for-profit, non-profit, and government leadership with a career focus in technology innovation and adaptation for change. Within education, Bob was formerly Chief Program Officer for Fullbridge.com, Inc.; Executive Vice President and Executive Dean of Babson College; Dean for Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Founder, President, and CEO of Harvard Business School Interactive; and Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. He also created and founded the edtech company GatherEducation.com. In non-profit and government, Bob was formerly Chief Operating Officer at the Conservation Law Foundation; and as a Senior Manager at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, LLP, he was responsible for managing the Government High Tech Consulting Practice. In 2010, Bob was recalled to the Coast Guard to help lead Crisis Communications and Public Relations for the BP oil spill, as he is also a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He earned his BS degree from the Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nowadays Bob spends most of his spare time as chauffeur to his two sport maven daughters, Samantha and Julia. An avid skier but with less than stellar knees after many years of wrestling, rugby, and skiing, he now meanders down the slopes at a more leisurely pace, trying hard just to keep up with Sammie and Julia!.
Partner, International Education Practice
The Parthenon Group
As a Partner with Parthenon’s Education Practice, Mr. Garga has worked closely with the leadership of various companies on market-opportunity assessment and sizing, growth forecasting, pricing strategy, competitor analysis and market share evaluation.
Mr. Garga has led teams on the evaluation of potential acquisition targets for education companies as well as investors. He has advised a number of large private equity companies on investments in the education sector across segments. Case examples include investment prioritization, and due diligence and integration. Mr. Garga holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore.
Head of Education & Family Entertainment Content Partnerships, Asia Pacific
Benjamin Grubbs is the Head of Education & Family Entertainment Content Partnerships for YouTube in Asia Pacific. In this role, Benjamin oversees the strategy and development of content partners targeting YouTube's 1 billion global users. Benjamin joined YouTube in Aug 2012 as the Head of Partner Marketing in Asia Pacific, and developed a series of programs and campaigns aimed at elevating YouTube partners in the region.
Prior to YouTube, Benjamin was the Executive Director of Interactive Media for Turner Broadcasting in Asia Pacific. Benjamin drove the strategy and development of Turner's digital entertainment business, including product development, revenue management, digital marketing, and operations from 2008-2012.
Prior to Turner, Benjamin spent nearly 8 years at Yahoo! and eBay in Asia, overseeing Yahoo!'s Broadcast & Enterprise Solutions businesses in Southeast Asia, and marketing at eBay in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
Chief Executive / Chief Learning Architect
Kydon Learning Systems Institute
David heads up a Singapore-based innovative learning solutions company which seeks to transform learning for the 21st century workforce. Under his leadership, Kydon (www.kydon.com.sg) rapidly expanded into a multi-million revenue company with footprints from Thailand to Kazakhstan. As the Chief Learning Architect of Kydon, David assists organisations establish the structure of their knowledge and learning systems. In Singapore, Kydon’s clients include MINDEF, MHA, PMO, SSC, WDA, MDA, at-Sunrice Global Chef Academy, NEC, SATS etc.
David spent the first half of his career in the Army, where his most notable contribution was the landmark LEARNet project that revolutionalised the way knowledge acquisition and distribution took place. The success of the project resulted in the defence ministry securing the coveted Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) award in 2011. David was subsequently awarded the Defence Corporate IT– Special Recognition (Individual) Award in 2012.
David hold a MSc in Instructional Systems from Florida State University under the Defence Ministry's first training development Postgraduate Award, a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Organisation Development (L&OD) from the Civil Service College, and a certificate of Leadership in Education (LEP) from NIE. David was commissioned from the Royal Military College (Duntroon), and was awarded the Command and Staff College Distinguished Graduate Award.
CEO of WizIQ
Harman Singh is the CEO of WizIQ. He founded the company in 2006, which has evolved to be the first and only online global education marketplace to offer live instructor-led learning. His career as a visionary e-learning innovator spans more than 13 years. Singh has successfully leveraged technology to replicate the classroom experience online making it more accessible, for both students and teachers. Singh has directed the company’s growth, while developing and creating WizIQ's vision and business strategy.
Singh is recognized for his expertise in conceptualizing, planning and developing specialized solutions for the online learning industry. He provides both strategic and tactical direction at WizIQ. His leadership and determination has enabled WizIQ to consistently excel at developing and implementing solutions that create value for working professionals, instructors and corporations. The company has received multiple leading awards for its innovative solution, including the award for the 'Best Virtual Classroom Provider' for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014 by different award giving organizations. Singh has also been conferred with LMA-Trident Award for Young and Innovative Entrepreneur of the year 2011.
While working on his Master’s thesis in 2001, Singh began conceptualizing solutions to connect teachers with learners. These efforts laid the foundation for his first venture, authorGen Technologies that provided e-learning services and customized solutions to meet the requirements of local community schools and colleges. Later this company became WizIQ and currently, it has 290,000 educators and 3.7 million registered learners using the platform in more than 100 countries.
Singh also founded authorSTREAM, an online PowerPoint sharing platform. authorSTREAM was founded in 2007 and today has more than than 5 million registered members. Singh has a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA.