Echo360 Active Learning Conference Dallas

Hosted by University of Texas at Arlington

April 25th-26th, 2017

What to expect

Join the world-class lineup of presenters in Dallas and see for yourself how active learning is transforming education when it comes to learning outcomes.

The sights, sounds and energy of Dallas provide the perfect stage for spotlighting the great work institutions like yours are doing to increase student success. Reserve your opportunity to hear from fellow academic and technology leaders about best practices, innovations in the classroom and new ways to use student learning data to drive change. Get a sneak peek into the Echo360 roadmap, talk to Echo360 leadership and influence future features and functionality.

Discover how institutions across the nation are using the Echo360 platform to fearlessly forge new paths when it comes to radically transforming teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom.

Reserve your spot for the 2017 Active Learning Conference Dallas now – it’s sure to fill up quickly.

Coming into town early? Great! Join us for an evening reception on April 25th.

Where and When

Tuesday, April 25

UT Arlington Classroom Tour     (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

Welcome Reception         (5:30pm – 7:30pm)


Wednesday, April 26

Conference                        (8:30am – 5:00pm)

Contact Info

Tim Weir



Tue, Apr 25

2:00pm - 4:00pm

University of Texas at Arlington Classroom Tour

Location: Arlington Hilton Hotel

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Location: Arlington Hilton Hotel

Wed, Apr 26

8:15 - 9am

Registration and Breakfast

9am - 9:10am

Welcome from Echo360

Presenter: Tony Abate, COO & CFO, Echo360

9:10am - 9:25am

Getting Started: The Echo360 Conference Quick Start Guide

Presenter: Chelsea Jenkins, Senior Training and Development Specialist, Echo360

Get ready to participate! All sessions will be presented using Echo360.This short 15-minute crash course gives you everything you need to know about the platform so you’ll be ready to join the conversation.

9:25am - 9:45am

Welcome from University of Texas at Arlington

Presenter:  Jeff Neyland, Acting CIO, UT Arlington

9:45am - 10:15am

Echo360 State of the Union

Presenter: Tony Abate, COO & CFO, Echo360

The power of video for learning is evolving in the classroom.  As one of the most requested technologies on campus, video/lecture capture continues to play an important role in student success by bridging the gap between the traditional lecture and the non-traditional student.  However, video is now being used in more creative ways to increase engagement in the classroom and reshape the lecture to promote better outcomes. In this session, you will learn how Echo360 is working closely with our customers to improve student success by innovating not only in capture, but also in the future of video and engagement in active learning.

10:15am - 10:45am

Student Behaviors During Class Predict Student Success

Presenter: Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan

Posing questions during class using Echo360 can lead to improved student engagement. But this presentation shows, in addition, that the data collected from Echo360 also provides the basis for predicting who will do poorly on exams. Participation data was obtained from Echo360, Instructure Canvas and the university’s student information system for multiple courses. Analyses show that in-class student behaviors were significantly related to exam scores while LMS data were not. A statistical model created from these data predicted who would score less than 70% on the first exam before the first exam with an accuracy of close to 80%..

10:45am - 11am

Morning Break

11am - 11:30am

Echo360 at UTA: The Quiet Revolution

Presenter: Don Lane, Manager of Technical Operations, University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington has been utilizing Echo360 technologies since January of 2009. They started out with 7 of the original capture devices, and have steadily grown to over 70 devices across two campuses. This session will dive into the administration of the system… including how to start adoption on campus, strategies UTA used to place new installations, and the day to day management of the system. UTA is about to install desktop capture into every classroom, and continue to grow their campus… look into what strategies they will develop to continue their growth of interactive technology.

11:30am - 12pm

Echoes of Engagement and Active Learning at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

Presenter: Jason Pallett, Title III Activity Director, Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

Through funding from a Title III grant, Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City is redesigning its gateway courses to be more active and engaging for students. Echo360 is one of several new tools that instructors are infusing into their courses. This session will explore details of why MCCKC was awarded a Title III Grant and the processes through which the grant objectives guided the adoption of Echo360. Included in the session will be data from courses where Echo360 was used, along with specific examples of how Echo360 was implemented in gateway classrooms at MCCKC.

12pm - 1pm

Lunch and Networking

1pm - 1:45pm

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Table 1: Video Tools by Use Case – Host: Tony Iraia, Product Manager, Echo360

Table 2: Teaching with Echo360 – Host: Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan

Table 3: Technology and Policy – Host: Tony Abate, COO & CFO, Echo360

Table 4: Product Roadmap – Host: Bill Holding, Executive Vice President, Product, Echo360

Table 5: Classroom Set Up – Host: Tracy Smith, Senior Deployment Engineer, Echo360

Table 6: Analyzing Student Behavioral Data – Host: Dr. Bradley Fordham, CTO, Echo360

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Echo360 Active Learning: Recent Innovations & Roadmap

Bill Holding, Executive Vice President, Product, Echo360
Cassidy Fein, Senior Product Manager, Echo360
Tony Iraia, Product Manager, Echo360

This is your best opportunity to see and learn what’s coming from the product team. In this session, you’ll be provided with detailed updates on key improvements of the new Echo360 cloud based solution. You’ll also see firsthand how feedback and conversations with our customers help shape our roadmap.

2:45pm - 3pm

Afternoon Break

3 - 3:45pm

Solving Diverse Problems with Educational Technology

Moderator: Bill Holding, Executive Vice President, Product, Echo360
Winona Hatcher, Instructional Designer, Augusta University,
Jason Brewer, Academic Technologist, Emory University,
Kyo Koo, Instructional Technologist, Davidson College

The scope of educational technology is as broad as the range of challenges that educators face in their daily work to improve student learning. Echo360 can help with a diverse set educational challenges, and there is no right or wrong way to use the platform. This panel will feature speakers from three different institutions who are using the platform in innovative ways to solve complex problems from scaled lecture capture, to classroom engagement, and even predictive analytics. Our panelists will share their best practices and pitfalls from their current practices and discuss future expansions and innovative applications to a new set of educational challenges.

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Energizing the (Student) Base with Video and Active Learning: A Faculty Panel

Moderator: Rich Caccavale, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Echo360  

Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan

Dr. Nilakshi Veerabathina, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Texas at Arlington

Stephanie Cole, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Keeping students engaged in learning is more challenging than ever given the number of distractions and conflicting priorities in today’s higher education environment. What role does technology play in helping students stay focused on learning both inside and outside of the classroom? This panel will bring together a diverse group of professors who are on the front lines of education, implementing various video and active learning strategies to help students stay focused, participate in class, engage in mobile learning, and achieve success.

4:30 - 5pm

Use of Echo360 outside the classroom setting

Presenter: Jayson Grogan, Manager of Educational and Research Applications, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Over the course of the past year Wake Forest School of Medicine has utilized Echo360 outside the traditional classroom setting to aid in the delivery of student services and clinical rounding.  The presentation will discuss the needs at hand, Echo360 solutions employed, user training, and user adoption.

5 - 5:10pm

Conference Analytics and Closing Remarks

Tony Abate and Chelsea Jenkins


Hotel & Travel

Hilton Arlington Hotel

2401 East Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76006

The Active Learning Conference Dallas hotel block in now open. The Hilton Arlington Conveniently located Arlington’s entertainment and business district and just 20 minutes south of DFW Airport.

To reserve your room click here or calling reservations at 817-640-3322. Please reference the Group name: “Echo360 Active Learning Conference Dallas” room block to receive the $139.00 discounted room rate per night, plus taxes.

Discounted room rate is valid from Tuesday, April 25th to Thursday, April 26th 2017. All other nights are subject to standard room rates. A limited number of rooms are available at this discounted rate on a first come first serve basis. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. The deadline to reserve your room at the special conference rate is Tuesday, April 11.

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