Inside Higher Ed & Online Learning Consortium to Host Interactive Interview Series at OLC Accelerate 2017, Powered by Shindig

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The series will feature interactive interviews with several higher education thought leaders at the annual digital learning conference.


Inside Higher Ed, the online media company for higher education and go-to source of online news, thought leadership, and opinion, is hosting a two-day series of fully interactive interviews with experts and thought leaders in higher education technology at the Online Learning Consortium’s annual international conference, OLC Accelerate. These interviews will be powered by Shindig, the premier video chat event provider.

Attendees will be able to interact with each other over video chat during the interviews, as well as partake in video chat Q&As with the interviewees and ask questions throughout.

The interviews will be moderated by Inside Higher Ed Editor & Co-Founder Doug Lederman, and will occur over two days: Wednesday, November 15th, from 11:30am - 1:30pm ET and Thursday, November 16th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm ET.

The growing list of confirmed interviewees includes Curtis Bonk, Professor at Indiana University and Owner of CourseShare; Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting; Rolin Moe, Assistant Professor and the Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation at Seattle Pacific University; and Jill Buban, Senior Director of Research & Innovation at the ‎Online Learning Consortium; with more being added.

“We are excited to be partnering with Inside Higher Ed and Shindig to extend the reach of the thought leadership that will be on hand next week at OLC Accelerate to those who are unable to be there in person,” said OLC’s Buban. “We thank our community of digital learning experts who will be sharing their insights through these interviews, and we look forward to some tremendously interactive discussions.”

“OLC’s conference is a key gathering place for the most thoughtful and creative people in digital learning, and Inside Higher Ed (and our “Inside Digital Learning” newsletter) are excited about taking advantage of the Shindig platform to bring the innovative ideas of these smart people to those who can’t be in Orlando with us,” Lederman said.

“The Shindig team is thrilled for this partnership and the chance to power more thought-provoking conversations in the education space, as well as foster new connections between interested people who couldn’t make it in person,” said Christopher Downs, Shindig’s Vice President of Business Development for Higher Education.

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About Shindig
Shindig addresses the dual shortcomings of current online learning platforms. Its unique, patented video chat technology enables both robust teacher to student interactivity optimal for instruction, and the free form student to student interactivity requisite for student body formation, cohesion and retention.

It recently received recognition as a 2017 Cool Vendor in Social Software and Collaboration from prestigious technology review consultancy Gartner Group. recently called Shindig, “A Pioneering Technology for the School of Tomorrow.”

With Shindig, instructors can address an online audience of up to a thousand. They can share the stage to take questions, or sidebar privately with a students. Similarly, students can themselves privately discuss, share, debate, or confer in private self-initiated video chats.

Shindig’s early adopters include prominent organizations and individuals, ranging from Yale University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Arizona State University, Drexel University, EdSurge,TED, CNN, The Economist, Forbes, General Assembly to Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Jim Cramer.

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