We are excited to highlight our keynote speakers for the 2017 conference – April 12 – 14 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Wednesday April 12:
Dr. Barbara Truman
Barbara Truman is a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando, Florida. Barbara serves as a researcher, educator, social activist, and community builder whose background is in Instructional Systems Design, Human Performance Technology, and Computer Science-Emerging Media. At UCF, Barbara was a faculty administrator who founded an award-winning department responsible for creating UCF’s online programs involving faculty development, multimedia production, and web services.
Barbara currently serves as the Community Manager for the Army’s Military Open Simulation Enterprise Strategy (MOSES), a program researching means to incorporate open source, immersive learning and training into mainstream enterprises including education. Barbara also serves as an advisor to The Air University’s Integrated Learning Environment and has co-authored the book, Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning. Barbara’s primary research focuses on identity development and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across academic disciplines and domains of education, government, military, and industry to increase accessibility and inclusiveness.
Thursday April 13:
Michael D. King
IBM Global Education Industry
Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.
He has been with IBM for over 25 years in various executive and management positions, with over twenty years in education and learning. He has held a variety of roles in the Education Industry, developing programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others. He has also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.
Michael has served on various client advisory groups, such as the California P16 Council, as well as industry associations, such as the Business Higher Education Forum where he is a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Schools Interoperability Frameworks Assoc. (SIFA) standards organizations, which foster industry collaboration to build more interoperable technology systems. Michael holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.