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.

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

Friday, September 23, 2016


For a millennium, universities have sought to balance a highly personal and labor-intensive apprenticeship approach to instruction with modernity’s mounting pressures to open their doors to ever more learners. Educational technologies are being used both to enlarge the university’s footprint and to aid in sustaining the millennium-old tradition of personalized apprenticeship. What might education look like in 2025? Are universities trapped by their success – or traditions – in instructional modes that pit capital (e.g. educational technology) against labor (personalization through direct faculty-student contact)? Are we re-animating Plato’s School of Athens, or importing Henry’s Ford’s automated factory vision to the academy?

Richard N. Katz Bio

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. When published, his book Dancing with the Devil was named one of the year’s 10 most influential education books by Lingua Franca. Richard has served on more than 25 higher education and corporate boards. He also served as Executive Vice President of Nuventive, LLC and vice president of EDUCAUSE where he created the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, The EDUCAUSE Review, and the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. During his 14-year career with the University of California (UC), Richard became the 2nd recipient of that university’s award for innovation for his work leading the university’s business transformation. He has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and UCLA.

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