Glean insights from Ed on the Edge: ASU + GSV Summit 2022

Microsoft Education and LinkedIn were proud to be featured presenters and sponsors of last month’s ASU+GSV Summit 2022: Ed on the Edge. The Summit took on the complex and challenging topics at the "edge" of our society, highlighting the ideas, know-how, and talent needed to transform the world. Microsoft Education, LinkedIn workforce and skilling teams, and several of our Education Partners held hybrid sessions at the summit. Check out key summaries of the sessions and links to view them for free.

Microsoft Education and LinkedIn were proud to be featured presenters and sponsors of the ASU+GSV Summit 2022: Ed on the Edge on April 4-6. The Summit took on the complex and challenging topics at the “edge” of our society, highlighting the ideas, knowledge, and talent needed to transform the world.

Started in 2010 by Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), this annual event connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. The mission of the summit is to give ALL people equal access to the future. 

Microsoft Education, LinkedIn workforce/skilling teams, and several of our Education Partners held hybrid sessions at the summit. Below, we share key summaries of the sessions and links to view some of them to better understand why ed is on the edge:.

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A Fierce Panel on Well-Being for Success in Learning and Life with School Day 

Well-being is a critical topic to address right now across classrooms and districts as students navigate continued uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In this session partners, educators and academics explore the topic, insights and opportunities for improvement to ensure every learner can reach their potential. Find out more.

How AI + Collaboration Transformed Professional Learning by Amesite

Continuous, collaborative learning is urgently needed to enable economic viability of workforces—and only Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide it. This discussion spans trends in work and skills, mass customization, and the return on investment of delivering learning through improved technology, including AI.  

Modernizing Education’s Data and AI Strategies: A Global Education Data Open-Source Initiative 

K-12 and Higher Ed systems urgently need to see which students have digital access, which apps and platforms are most used, and which digital engagement platforms lead to real learning outcomes. In response, Microsoft Education initiated Open Education Analytics. It’s a global open-source initiative to accelerate education systems’ shift to modern data services, enable real time analytics, and co-develop AI use cases for education. Hear from district, state, higher ed, and national leaders about how they are collaborating through this initiative to develop new state and national education analytics. They also share how they’re working together to build more accurate predictive models of at-risk students, enable competency-based and digital equity reporting, and analyze tech and other program investments in real time.  

The Digital Soft Skills Required to Thrive Online by Natterhub  

An experiential platform teaching children how to be safe, kind, savvy digital citizens. This session shares how soft skills and critical learning skills can be taught through doing. The tool provides a blended approach to teaching the important topic of online safety and media literacy.  

The New Learner Journey with LinkedIn  

Get a look into how the speed of transformation is shifting how consumers think about and make decisions around education. Learn about the demand for short-term courses, the importance of brand reputation, and the student journey beyond enrollment.  

Show Your Work: Protecting Academic Integrity in an Online Environment with Proctorio and Turnitin 

Upholding academic integrity is increasingly becoming more complex. Today, there is nearly unlimited access to academic support, from online searches to paid services. It can be difficult to identify the line between homework help and misconduct. This session explored best practices to protect academic integrity and how to equip classrooms with proper tools to help deliver academic integrity education, especially in the digital world. 

Proctorio Founder and CEO Mike Olsen commented on the sped up evolution in online proctoring. What had begun as an accommodation became a necessity during the pandemic. In this new normal, the future of online proctoring is adaptation, recognizing that today’s students have new needs. The role of edtech companies is to adjust to the changing face of education.

Another critical component is using technology to build students’ and teachers’ confidence in work originality. The Turnitin x Microsoft Teams plagiarism prevention integration automates the process of checking assignments for text similarity and creates an easily repeatable, sustainable academic integrity practice that gives educators more capacity to teach rather than review. Another best practice is providing students with the right help at the right time. Turnitin Draft Coach—which gives simultaneous feedback on plagiarism, citations, and grammar while students are writing—helps classrooms ensure that each student has individualized feedback. By end of year, Draft Coach will be available on Microsoft Word on the web—sign up to be the first to know. 

Spotify’s Vision of the Future Of Kids & Family Audio with Soundtrap by Spotify

Spotify is a global leader in the audio entertainment space. We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of human creativity – by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it. Create your free 30-day Soundtrap EDU trial and check out Spotify Kids and Sound Up to learn more!  

Learning Together for a Better World – a Post-Pandemic Education Opportunity with Prof. David Kellermann and Prof. Stephen Lu  

Learn how to use advanced collaborative technologies to create a hybrid learning environment across time, space, and scale dimensions, in order to transform the current eLearning (lectures by teachers) to a future iLearning (collaborations between students) paradigm. Together, we hope to demonstrate an exciting opportunity for students across the globe to learn together for a better world in the post-pandemic era. 

No Gimmicks: Technology in Schools Must Serve a Purpose by Beedle 

Melanie Schneider, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Beedle, talks about today’s scattered landscape of education technology, what the true purpose should be, and shows how Microsoft and Beedle can streamline teaching and learning with the right technology.

Better Together: Microsoft 365 and Your LMS 

Learn about Microsoft’s new Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) solutions and how they contribute to a more engaging and integrated learning environment. Together with our Learning Management System (LMS) partners, Microsoft has released three new LTI apps in the last year to respond to the changing hybrid learning landscape with better, more seamless integration between Microsoft products and solutions of our LMS partners. 

To discover more opportunities with your LMS opportunities, submit your inquiry.

Digitizing Assessment – a European Startup’s Unique Approach by Nurture 

Co-Founders of Nurture, Pádraic Hogan and David Neville, showed how Nurture is closing the feedback loop for teachers and students. Their approach to embed pedagogical frameworks into the digital workflow of their users simplifies formative assessment and feedback.
As a Microsoft Education Specialist Partner, Nurture is available to the millions of education users within Microsoft Teams as more and more organizations, districts and state bodies look to reduce the over-dependence on high-stakes, end-of-term exams. 

Request a demonstration with the Nurture team or follow them on Twitter.

The Edge of Virtual Reality (XR) with Ludenso

Thanks to new innovations in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), students can learn from just about anywhere. And not only that, students can learn in all sorts of new ways. But, how to make sure the technology is not being used just for the sake of using AR and VR? Could the educators be empowered to create immersive learning experiences themselves? And how does it work? In this session, you’ll hear from from Mursion, InspiritVR, Immerse, and Ludenso about building the future of immersive education.

How the Metaverse and Gaming Can Transform Education 

Digital gaming and the metaverse have had a notable 12 months, with record fundraisers, IPOs, and even a public technology company name change. Gaming has long been seen as a powerful solution to drive engagement among students, but we have yet to see a player driving meaningful learning outcomes with scale. Minecraft by Microsoft, joined Fortnight and Roblox to discuss learning through gaming at scale. The conversation identified that learning with gaming had transformed during the pandemic and the conversation an in education had shifted from whether gaming was effective, to better use in hybrid and post pandemic learning.

Public-Private Partnerships in Wisconsin Enabling Learning and Employment Record Initiative 

New distributed identity and verified credential technologies are enabling learning and skills data to be intelligently mapped to jobs. Microsoft, LinkedIn, Walmart, and education system leaders will share projects that are underway in the US and around the world using this new tech that’s helping emerging education and employment models become more inclusive and effective at closing labor market skill gaps. Read the press release.   

Tackling the World’s Toughest Problems with Minecraft

Today’s students will inherit a very different planet. Young people have the power to inspire change, help us course-correct, and adopt new, more sustainable ways of living. Minecraft: Education Edition is on a mission to empower students and help educators address this important topic in a constructive, empathetic, and supportive way. Partnering with the Nobel Peace Foundation and climate experts at the Met Office and UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition, Minecraft has created immersive experiences where students around the world build solutions for their communities that show how we can replace unsustainable behaviors with ways of living in harmony.  

Cutting Edge Workforce Learning Technology with Go1 

COVID-19 led to $300 billion in workforce Learning and Development (L&D) spend going digital overnight, and CEOs began to see learning strategy as a core part of their business strategy. Workforce learning technology, which has historically lacked innovation, has been rapidly accelerating and scaling. Learn how Go1—a Microsoft Partner of the Year that delivers industry leading training content subscriptions and technology for K-12, Higher Ed institutions, and corporations globally, presented how customers and partners work with Go1 to deliver differentiated experiences. Visit the Go1 site to see how Go1 addresses the education opportunity with Microsoft.

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