2018 2nd Annual Future Learning Collaborative Summit Recap

Members celebrate the first year of its community practice at EDUCAUSE

October 2018


Imagine if you can instantly tap into real-time data on your students? Or use blockchain to store student performance? These are a few exciting possibilities we explored at the 2nd Annual Future Learning Collaborative Summit in Denver, CO.

We convened on the eve of EDUCAUSE 2018, building on the opportunity to engage those attending the leading conference for technologists at the intersection of innovation and education. There was much to celebrate: our first anniversary as a community of practice, recognizing insights we have surfaced, kicking off a new chapter in the group’s co-creation journey with SONY, a national public announcement about our groups, and a new name.

We transformed a local art gallery into our creative meeting space where we engaged in thoughtful discussions, co-creation roundtables, and heard from our community of practice.

Here’s a quick review of the day’s sessions:

Keynote with Michael Horn, Chief Strategy Officer, Entangled Group

“If we want to reach all learners, if we want to help all learners build their passions and fulfill their human potential, we need to be able to personalize [education] for those differences.” -Michael Horn, Chief Strategy Officer, Entangled Group


Michael Horn shared his perspectives on the paradigm shift from classroom learning to online and blended learning environments, and emphasized the importance of physical learning environments.  

Community In Practice: Deeper Co-Creation | The HCC Digital Paper PoC Project
with Dr. Butch Herod and June Keller, Houston Community College and Kiyoharu Sassa, Sony

In this talk, Dr. Butch Herod and Kiyoharu Sassa engaged in a dialogue about they successfully collaborated to develop the Member Experience for faculty at Houston Community College. Direct input and insights from this co-creation process has helped Sony further evolve its technology solutions development.

Community In Practice: Product Testing Panel | Voice of Experience from IU, UCF + Duke with Julie Johnston, Indiana University, Don Merritt, University of Central Florida and Ed Gomes, Duke

In this panel, a few Collaborative members reflected on their shared experiences co-creating with Sony and participating in this community of practice for the last year. They shared important insights on lessons and learnings from user testing and product development on their respective campuses.


You can’t build a product without having the people in the classroom give you the feedback. The intent was to make the product, improve the product based on what the faculty really needs.

-Julie Johnston, Director of Learning Services, Indiana University

Sony Future Technologies Workshop: Align & ReDesign
with Sony Electronics

Sony product designers led presentations on exciting new technologies currently in development at Sony for higher education. We explored AI- and blockchain technologies as well as hardware and software solutions for data capture. These technologies are being designed to help educators spend more time teaching, and less time managing the classroom.

Our members responded to these technology presentations by breaking into reflective workshops to build a potential use case that imagined what it would be like if the schools had an opportunity to redesign the technologies presented to have better application to known campus challenges. Final proposed use cases were “pitched” back to the Sony product designers by our members. Check out the pitch presentation by Lev, from Arizona State University.

Roundtables: Looking into the Future

We spent our last session together looking into the future with the visionary support of Allison Salisbury, President of Entangled Studios. In small group roundtables, we explored our aspirations for the upcoming year as the Future Learning Collaborative and discussed key challenges members had identified for the upcoming year.

On behalf of Entangled Studios and Sony Electronics, we’d like to thank all of our Collaborative Members for their hard work, commitment and curiosity over the last year. We look forward co-creating in 2019!

About the Future Learning Collaborative
The Future Learning Collaborative brings design thinking and institutional insight to bear on the development of classroom technologies that enable better outcomes and deeper learning.

With support from Sony Electronics, the Collaborative facilitates dialogue among practitioners from 11 colleges and universities, and Sony designers and researchers -- to share insights, surface best practices, and source perspectives that reflect the realities, challenges, and opportunities of education technology. Learn more at futurelearningcollaborative.com.