Help Us Evaluate Blended Learning Programs and Connect Research to the Classroom at SXSWEdu

August 27, 2014

We are very excited to announce that we have submitted two proposals with a few of our partners to speak at SXSWEdu, the education arm of the SXSW conference family. Although the conference is more than six months away (March 9-12), the voting on panels is going on now through Sept. 5.

Here’s some more information about our panels:

Guidelines to Evaluate Blended Learning Programs

Don’t just be dazzled by fancy high-tech features. Consider how to implement technology at your school that is truly at the service of producing learning outcomes. This panel will address three questions that districts should ask when evaluating blended learning programs:

  1. Does the program support and enhance learning?
  2. What are the program’s credentials?
  3. What support does the blended learning program offer?


Bridging Research and Practice in Blended Learning

Research and practice in blended learning have a lot to offer each other. Practitioners can benefit from research in cognitive and social psychology, artificial intelligence in education, etc. By collaborating with practitioners, education researchers would have opportunities to conduct research in more authentic learning settings, which differ greatly from the laboratory. This panel will discuss various approaches that are currently seeking to bridge the gap between research and practice.


  • Paulette Willis, Knowledge Engineering Team Lead at Reasoning Mind
  • George Khachatryan, Senior Vice President of Expansion Operations, Reasoning Mind
  • Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan, Inc.

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