Event Summary

The American Distance Education Consortium and UCLA Extension are pleased to announce the 2016 EdFuture Conference. This annual conference brings together stakeholders in higher education (faculty, instructional designers, support staff, and administrators) to engage in a 2-day conference at the Luskin Conference Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. The focus of the conference will be on the uses and challenges of integrating technology both in the face-to-face and online classroom. Read More
Today, technology is increasingly pervasive in our daily professional and personal lives, and learning and teaching at all levels have been certainly impacted by recent advances in the ways in which we access information and interact with one another. Courses are increasingly brought entirely or partially online, with faculty integrating various technologies into their classes to enrich the experiences in teaching as well as the learning experiences of students. Such tools and platforms can be combined in unique and interesting ways, addressing concerns such as student engagement with the material, institutional policy around learning data and their security, accessibility of platforms, and the development of novel pedagogical approaches for online learning, among others. ADEC and UCLA Extension seek to bring together attendees to exchange ideas and share best practices, challenges, and solutions to technology integration inside and outside the virtual and face-to-face classroom.

Keynote Speakers

The Increasing Importance of Knowing How to Learn—On-line, and Off-line
– Robert A. Bjork

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Robert A. Bjork

Dr. Robert A. Bjork is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the interrelationships of forgetting, remembering, and learning in the functional architecture of how humans learn and remember, and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction, practice, and training. He has served as President or Chair of multiple scientific organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science, and he is the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract and Speaker Bio

Accelerating Social Innovation with Technology – Philip Regier

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Philip Regier

Philip Regier, PhD, is responsible for Arizona State University’s expansion into online learning and has been a member of the university leadership team focused on education innovation since 2009. In the first six years of his tenure as dean of ASU online, the fully online student population grew from 400 to more than 20,000, with the number of degree programs offered growing from six to 100.

Focused on driving quality and access simultaneously, Regier helped the university develop novel partnerships with leading education technology companies including Pearson, Knewton and edX. Today, online programs at ASU utilize more than 150 technologies and the university is a co-convener of the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, the largest and most recognized convening of education technology entrepreneurs, investors and users in the world.

In 2015, Regier was named University Dean for Educational Initiatives and Chief Executive Officer of EdPlus at ASU for the purpose of expanding upon the success of the university’s digital-immersion programs and extending online teaching and learning globally.

Abstract and Speaker Bio

Re-Setting the Fulcrum – Access, Personalization and Success in the Age of Educational Technology – Richard N. Katz

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Richard N. Katz

Richard N. Katz, MBA, is the founder of Richard N. Katz & Associates whose clients span all segments of U.S. higher education as well as globally-ranked universities in Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Switzerland. He is the author or editor of seven books and more than 80 articles and monographs on a variety of management and technology topics.

Abstract and Speaker Bio

Quality Online: An inter-Institutional Approach to Integrating and Advancing Quality Assurance – Deb Adair

Friday, September 23, 2016
Dr. Deb Adair

Dr. Deb Adair is the Executive Director of Quality Matters, a non-profit organization providing faculty-centered, turnkey quality assurance solutions and certifications for online education serving K12, postsecondary, government, corporate, and other organizations involved in eLearning in the U.S. and internationally. QM has been developing standards and continuous improvements processes for more than ten years and has an institutional membership that includes well over 1000 academic institutions

Abstract and Speaker Bio


All Speaker Information

Abbreviated Agenda

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday, the conference will begin with a lunch buffet, followed by a keynote address. Attendees are invited to join together at the Welcome Reception, Thursday evening. Further announcements about speakers and topics will be made in the coming weeks.

Sep 23, 2016

Friday, consists of a full day of general sessions, breakout sessions, poster presentations, and networking.

Full Conference Agenda

Location and Travel


The 2016 EdFuture Conference will be hosted at the newly built Luskin Conference Center located at the center of the UCLA campus. With its spacious conference accommodations and on-site hotel, it is the perfect location for connecting during the conference, relaxing in the evening, and exploring what UCLA and Los Angeles have to offer before or after the event.

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

(855) LCC-UCLA or (855) 522-8252


The brand new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center is opening August 7, 2016. Make your reservations now! You can now book your onsite hotel room online or by phone (855) 522-8252.

Travel and Airports

Travel to and from UCLA from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): (Here’s a map courtesy of Google)

Cabs: Each terminal has a taxi stand, typically with an attendant to do crowd control. Depending on traffic, a cab ride would about somewhere between 20-40 minutes, at about $40-50.

Transportation Network Companies (Lyft/Uber): Both Lyft and Uber have registered with LAX and are available for pick up and drop off on the Departure (upper) level of the airport. Lyft and Uber drivers will charge passengers an airport drop-off/pick-up fee, and depending on the time of day, prices will vary. (See: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=13088)

Car Rentals: LAX has options for most of the major car rental companies (Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, etc.). All are located outside of the airport, but a steady flow of buses circulate the terminals to take travelers to the appropriate car rental lot.

Flyaway Bus: A dedicated fleet of buses stop at each terminal (either on the hour or every half hour). One of the lines goes directly between LAX and Westwood, at the rate of $10 per rider (each direction). The Westwood Flyaway arrives at Terminal 1 to pick up arriving travelers at the top of the hour, stopping at each terminal to pick up additional travelers heading to Westwood.

  • Of the travel options to the campus, this is the most cost effective
  • After travelers are dropped off in Westwood, they would need to walk up to the Conference Center, which is about a ten minute walk through Westwood Village (our little “college town”).
  • See: http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway/content.aspx?id=10167

Accommodations and Parking

The brand new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center is opening August 7, 2016.


A block of rooms have been reserved for the attendees of the EdFuture 2016 Conference. Book your onsite hotel room today online or by calling (855) LCC-UCLA or (855) 522-8252. Please use the conference code 160921AMER to be included in the special EdFuture 2016 rate..


One-day/local attendees please park in Lot 8, which is adjacent to the Luskin Conference Center, with stalls for all day parking at the rate of $12 per day (or $3 per hour; maximum 3 days).

For attendees staying overnight, the Luskin Conference Center does provide valet parking services.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) has two sponsorship levels available, Partner and Contributor, for the Edfuture 2016 Conference. Interested in sponsoring? To learn more, contact Oliver Grundmann at chair.adec@edu.

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