Welcome to EdgeCon 2021, this year, a virtual gathering where leaders from Higher Education and K-12 come together to discuss technology breakthroughs and best practices. With our theme of “Vision to Value,” EdgeCon will provide insights to help you execute on the promise of innovation and transformation through technology. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Cloud Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Education Technology
  • Enterprise Design and Integration
  • User Experience Innovations



Thank you Sponsors


President's Welcome

Samuel Conn, Ph.D.

Palo Alto - General Session Plenary Sponsor


General Session Plenary - Embracing Disrupters to Innovate the Learning Landscape

Brian Flemming, Ed.D.

Creating positive change and derived value through disruptive innovation has become the mantra at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Gain insight into the strategic philosophical approach that has eliminated chaos and reinvented SNHU to fit the needs of their students and surrounding workforce, while ensuring the nationally recognized university with 200 academic programs keeps pace with new technologies and professional requirements.


Sponsored by:


Adam Scarzafava

CIO Affinity Group - (Invitation)

Mark Meara

PKA Technologies - CxO Exchange Sponsor


Sponsored by:

CxO Exchange: Pay Attention to the ROI Your College Delivers - (Invitation)

Martin Van Der Werf

The College Scorecard is delivering new details on costs and benefits of

college credentials, and allowing colleges to size themselves up against

competitors. How will you use the data to differentiate your college, to identify

your core competencies, and to make decisions about future spending priorities?

Sponsored by:

Driving Research, Education, and Innovation Through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Jack Brassil, Ph.D.
Forough Ghahramani, Ed.D.
James (Barr) von Oehsen, Ph.D.

This session will explore how New Jersey institutions are supporting education and research through advanced cyberinfrastructure and cloud computing, impacting workforce and economic development, and helping to drive innovation and discovery. The significance of a top-tier state-wide network providing connectivity to the national and global research infrastructure, and the role of collaborations facilitated by organizations such as the Eastern Regional Network (ERN) for enabling resource sharing to advance research and education will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Review of recent New Jersey-based cyberinfrastructure projects funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Significance of closing the gap between IT organizations and academic units for advancing research and education
  • The important role of networks and collaborations in research and discovery
  • The role of EdgeDiscovery in facilitating collaborations and helping New Jersey create a top-tier statewide network

A New Tool For A New World

Linda John
Patricia Kahn, Ph.D.

Most institutions of higher learning are providing IT services, training, and distance education remotely. At CSI, what makes us stand out is our all-in-one approach! We were able to take our creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to keep the campus functioning, while staying within severe budget constraints. Consider us a multi-functional tool with all the attachments that you cannot live without! Attend this presentation and learn about our approach to offering IT services in order to accommodate faculty, staff, and students - some of which include VPN access, remote desktop support, virtual labs, virtual training, and much more.

Learning Objectives

  • Acquire best practices that provide affordable ways to adapt to a changing world in which physical computers can be repurposed for virtual solutions.
  • Provide innovative solutions in support of servicing the campus community remotely
  • Provide out of the box thinking to service the campus community.

Automate, Unify, and Secure the Edge

Chris Voll
Brian Sieteski
Michael McGuire

As companies grapple with business recovery, IT faces challenges like how to accelerate cloud and as-a-Service adoption, how to deliver secure connectivity in a hyper-distributed environment, and how to enable workplace safety measures like contact tracing and heat mapping. Turn-key Technologies and Aruba Networks would like to present Aruba ESP: A "Sixth Sense" for your network. Additionally we would like to have our customer, Monmouth University, speak about his current Aruba deployment to share best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding how to provide secure remote access to remote employees
  • Enable workplace safety measures: Contact Tracing and Heat Mapping
  • Automate, Secure, and Unify your network environment Aruba Networks best practices

Science without Philosophy? Critical Components of Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence I

Jim Samuel, Ph.D.
Myles Garvey, Ph.D.

This session will provide perspectives on the critical components of human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction. It will provide an overview and an abstraction of current scientific progress in human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction.

The arguments presented will critically and uniquely address the absence of philosophical foundations, and the consequences of the same. The session will conclude with a call for unified-concepts research founded upon sound philosophizing, and developed through relevant scientific processes.

Learning Objectives

  • Insights into human intelligence

Insights into artificial Intelligence, contextualized to human intelligence

Human intelligence and artificial intelligence interaction

Is Your Organization Ready for Change?

Te Wu

As organizations tackle "mega projects" such as implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP), replacing antiquated learning management systems (LMS), or upgrading other major systems and infrastructure, preparing the organization for change and complexity have paramount importance. Experience project managers intuitively understand that the success of the project is often not just the system and process but also adoption – the willingness and preferably the eagerness of the people to embrace change. To evaluate the extent of organizational change and the need for disciplined adoption programs, a best practice is to conduct an Organizational Change Complexity Assessment early. This workshop is hands-on and centers around utilizing a simple tool to evaluate the extent of change of a Learning Management System Replacement at a medium-large university in New Jersey. Participants are encouraged to relate this exercise with their own change project.
Learning Objectives
Explain the importance of organizational change management and its complexity
Review an Organization Change Complexity Assessment Tool
Apply the tool to a practical example – replacement of a Learning Management System at a medium-large university

First Generation Students – Scaffolding for First-Generation Student Success

Lisa Andion, Ed.D.
Scott Caplan

First-generation students struggle to succeed in college. Research shows that this group of students face a variety of challenges that contribute to their college attrition. Yet, research also shows that this group of students could benefit from scaffolding strategies rooted in social learning and constructivist learning theories. Educational technology tools that are

available for faculty to use in their face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses can serve as a vehicle to support the success of first-generation students by implementing scaffolding practices into their use of computer supported collaborative practices. Faculty can expect to receive specific examples of how to implement strategies for different educational technology tools that

address managing group work, giving students opportunities to practice and process new concepts, incorporating reflective exercises, leveraging constructivist learning practices in dynamic virtual spaces, and accommodating diverse student needs from an inclusive and accessible perspective. At this session we will go through and map the scaffolding suggestions back to the course tools, virtual conferencing, Ally Accessibility tool, Discussions, Journals, Class Conversations, Quizzes, Assignments, Learning Modules etc.

Learning Objectives


  • Understanding the challenges that First Generation students are facing

  • Understanding how the LMS EdTech tools can be leveraged to best interact with First Generation Students

  • Understanding how to use scaffolding practices in your online course to support First-Generation student success

Navigating Work From Home Through Enterprise Communications Platform

Kirk Rooney
Chris Howes, Ed.D.

What is the best way to deliver a secure, enterprise-quality Work-From-Home experience for your employees? Hear how Education, Government and Healthcare have leveraged Hosted Enterprise Unified Communications to provide continuity in their employees day-to-day responsibilities. Elevate your employees work from home capabilities utilizing the full collaboration portfolio. Learn how to leverage and maximize the existing investments of your current applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex Teams, and Webex Meetings by integrating them into a Hosted Cloud Communications solution.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the flexibility that results in the adoption of Hosted Enterprise Communications

  • Learn how to elevate employees' work from home experience using the full collaboration portfolio

  • Understand how to maximize existing applications by integrating them into the Hosted Cloud Communications offering.\


Adam Scarzafava

Visibility, Insight, Action - How to make your job easier and your life better

Shannon Hayes
Brian Schoudel

There has been significant change in the way education institutions are leveraging their applications to interact with students and staff. This session will discuss how the University of Illinois leveraged AppDynamics with their Learning Management System and other mission critical applications.

Learning Objectives

How application monitoring solutions can:

  • Provide full stack observability of an end-user's experience

  • Reduce MTTR/MTTI by pinpointing root-cause of application slowdown or outage

  • Dynamically baseline application performance and proactively alert anomaly detection

Federated Identity, InCommon, and Enabling Federated Access to Research Services

Ann West
Jim Basney
Tom Barton

What is the best way to deliver a secure, enterprise-quality Work-From-Home experience for your employees? Hear how Education, Government and Healthcare have leveraged Hosted Enterprise Unified Communications to provide continuity in their employees day-to-day responsibilities. Elevate your employees work from home capabilities utilizing the full collaboration portfolio. Learn how to leverage and maximize the existing investments of your current applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex Teams, and Webex Meetings by integrating them into a Hosted Cloud Communications solution.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the flexibility that results in the adoption of Hosted Enterprise Communications

  • Learn how to elevate employees' work from home experience using the full collaboration portfolio

  • Understand how to maximize existing applications by integrating them into the Hosted Cloud Communications offering

How to Protect Exam Integrity in a Global Pandemic

Connor Koper
James D'Annibale
Michael Rotundo


How are educational institutions supposed to preserve the value of online degrees and the integrity of online assessments during a global pandemic?

Over 1,000 higher-ed, K-12, corporate, and federal institutions have trusted Proctorio's Learning Integrity Platform to provide secure and scalable Identity Verification, Automated and Live Proctoring, and Plagiarism Detection. Proctorio is a NJEdge partner and industry leader that maintains a 99.991% uptime, leverages Zero-Knowledge encryption, and never collects biometric information from end users.


Proctorio seamlessly integrates with most major Learning Management Systems via LTI in just 5-10 minutes, has the lowest system requirements in the industry (supporting devices up to 10 years old!), provides instant exam results, and offers 24/7/365 support. To date, Proctorio has proctored over 26 million exams to serve test takers in all but four countries around the world, 17 million of which were proctored in 2020.


Join Connor Koper, Head of North American Sales at Proctorio, to not only learn about Proctorio's customizable settings and exclusive NJEdge pricing, but to hear directly from ed-tech leaders at two of Proctorio's partner institutions: Molloy College in New York and Wilson College in Pennsylvania.


  • Learning outcomes
  • Why remote proctoring is a trustworthy, reliable, and secure option for educational institutions to consider using during the COVID-19 crisis

  • The details of the NJEdge / Proctorio partnership that offers exclusive pricing and benefits to all NJEdge Members

  • How educational institutions are using Proctorio to protect the value of online degrees and the integrity of online assessments

Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning

Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Ph.D.

This study originated from our multimedia development team at Oregon State University

Ecampus. One of our developers was interested in exploring what devices students are using to engage with their online classes and what drives their choices. This research interest stemmed from a broader organizational question of how much time and resources to devote to the development of online materials for the mobile environment. Thus, a focal point for this research study was the question: Are students who take our online courses using their mobile devices to access their online courses and multimedia course materials?

Learning Objectives

The goal of this study was to gather information from students taking online courses at

Oregon State University to determine their preferred devices to view and interact with

multimedia for the purpose of their education. In particular, we were interested in exploring

why students are using a particular device to engage in online learning and if that device is

actually their preferred and/or ideal device.

Moving from Manual to Automated Identity Lifecycle Management

Bob McEwan
Ed Evans

Ed Evans, Senior Associate Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Bob McEwan, Sales Director, Fischer Identity, will have a "fireside chat" discussing the Identity Management challenges the school faced and their journey to success, turning their obstacles into opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • The importance of having a strategic Plan for their Identity initiatives

  • Turning challenges into opportunities

  • The value of having a flexible, future proof solution

Transformation of Freshmen Registration and Section Planning

Bharathwaj Vijayakumar
Samyukta Alapati
Sahana Varadaraju

To keep students on-track to graduate, Rowan University places incoming freshmen into the appropriate section of the required courses for their major. However, manually evaluating and registering students became more and more time consuming as Rowan's student population grew. Rowan's Data Analytics team worked in collaboration with the University Advising, Testing Services, and Development & Innovation teams to create an automated system to quickly and accurately evaluate and place all 2,700 incoming freshmen. The solution, known as the FIGS process, saved the university more than 200 hours of staff time. The entire process of assigning students to placement exams and course sections now happens automatically, and the Registrar Office receives a clean, organized dashboard to work from when registering students. The next stage in the process will take it one step further and automatically register students in Banner. This will save approximately 300 additional hours of staff time.

Learning Objectives

  • How to extract information on a day-to-day manual process from the minds of the users and convert them into an automated process?

  • How can the freshmen registration process be automated from start to end? 

  • And what are the different tools that can be used for that How various departments across the university can work together and build a solution that can improve the student experience?

EdgeMarket: Working Together, Working For You

Dan Miller

Edge is your partner for technology and services procurement. EdgeMarket was created by Edge to streamline access to leading technologies and key services through easy purchasing at very favorable pricing and terms. Discover how EdgeMarket works, what is currently available and what is upcoming. Learn how you can easily collaborate with us to help identify and acquire the most impactful technical solutions and professional services to meet the ever-growing and changing demands and opportunities facing us all.

Learning Objectives

  • What EdgeMarket is and how it works
  • Introduction to the EdgeMarket Portal
  • How to become involved in EdgeMarket procurements

Closing Announcements

Nancy Zimmerman
Adam Scarzafava

Thank you Sponsors


Thank you Sponsors


General Session Keynote - Understanding Generational Differences To Maximize Organizational Success

Jason Dorsey

Jason Dorsey is the most sought-after Gen Z, Millennial, and generations keynote speaker and researcher. Jason’s passion is solving generational challenges for leaders through his acclaimed keynote presentations and unique research discoveries. Jason delivers specific, practical solutions grounded in original research that inspire audiences and drive measurable results. He’s funny, too.

Jason has been featured on 200+ TV shows, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, and The Early Show. Adweek calls Jason a “research guru” and The New York Times featured him in its cover story on marketing to Millennials. Jason is known for discovering Millennials are breaking into two generations: Mega-llennials and Me-llennials. He’s also known for his quote, “Technology is only new if you remember it the way it was before.”



Adam Scarzafava

CIO Forum - (Invitation)


Covid in a Full-Fibre Island

Tony Moretta

The presentation will focus on how Jersey Channel Islands have delivered a full-fibre network to the premise for every home and business on the island - now boasting the world's third fastest internet speeds. The island experience of managing lockdown, bridging the digital divide and network neutrality. Lastly, how the island plans to go from a 1gig to 10 gig to each premise.

Learning outcomes

  • International example of delivering a full-fibre network

  • How the network is being used

  • Solutions for a digital divide

Mapping a Journey from Vision to Value

Te Wu

One of the hallmarks of successful organizations is their ability to transform their vision into concrete value, consistently and repeatedly. But perhaps just as important as the end goals or value achievements, the journey itself is invaluable to strengthen its people, processes, and the mechanism for this transformation. The presentation presents a proven roadmap for journey starting with ideation; managing through the fuzziness of developing and refining requirements and business cases; prioritizing competing ideas, interests, and resources; preparing for implementation and utilizing sound approaches; leading execution; transitioning from building to sustaining; and sharing and exploiting value.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline a journey roadmap of how organizations can achieve ideas and deliver value

  • Explain the required processes, disciplines, challenges, complexities, and requirements to effectively undertake this journey

  • Encourage participants to create their own journey map for their team and organization

Psychology Behind Your Security Awareness Program

Nick Santora
Kendra Cooley

Lots of organizations have a security awareness program, but are they looking at the emotional intelligence behind their design? We will examine the elements of your awareness program and how certain actions positively or negatively impact your employees and the security of your organization. You might be surprised what your phishing tests may be doing for long term behavior change. We will also look at case studies designed to drive engagement, and what you are potentially doing to adversely affect the security culture inside your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the psychology behind what makes employees trigger in their behavior

  • Explain the common mistakes organizations make in their awareness program, phishing tests, and other activities and learn how to fix them

  • Exercise case studies to understand the critical drivers behind motivation in your security awareness program


Transforming the College Classroom Using Tech Tools

Tamara Tallman, Ed.D.

High Performance Data Analytics

David Bader

Better Together: K-12 and Community College Collaboration

Shelley Kurland, Ph.D.
Peter Turnamian

Preparing for Uncertainty

Steve Adams
Beth Walkeley

The Disruptions Higher Education Needs

Steven Mintz, Ph.D.

Edge Network Roadmap Update

Jim Stankiewicz

General Session Plenary - Predictive Analytics Using Amazon Web Services

Sanjay Padhi, Ph.D.

Predictive analytics is a set of techniques that are fundamental to large organizations like Amazon. Methods such as Machine Learning are used in many aspects of life, including healthcare, education, and financial modeling. This talk will provide a range of studies using predictive analytics including a detailed overview of methods such as Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning using AWS. Fully managed Artificial Intelligence services to help researchers build, train and deploy ML models in various domains including Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing will also be outlined. Supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning based frameworks and their implications in the fields of scientific computing, medical imaging, cancer detection, diabetic retinopathy, and voice-enabled solutions to improve management of chronic diseases will be discussed. Advancements in Quantum Computing technologies fostering innovations will also be highlighted. The AWS Research Initiatives with funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health in scientific and biomedical sectors, as well as the AWS research credit program will be outlined.



Adam Scarzafava

Resources and Communities of Practice Facilitating Computing and Data-intensive Research and Edu.

Dana Brunson
Forough Ghahramani, Ed.D.
Julie Ma
Andrew Sherman

This session will provide information about research support resources and communities available at the local, regional, and national level, bridging researchers with the resources and collaborations.  Topics will include national Cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources, such as XSEDE and Open Science Grid (OSG), Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC),

the Campus Champions network, regional communities and resources including the Eastern Regional Network's (ERN) Broadening the Reach initiatives supporting less-resourced institutions,  the NSF sponsored Cyberteams projects for advancing research and education in Eastern Regional Schools, and EdgeDiscovery enabling research and Innovation. As researchers become more reliant on the use of big data and sophisticated computing techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the demand for experts who can wield these tools effectively has grown considerably, the NSF CAREERS Cyberteam project strengthens the research computing career pipeline, increases the availability of research computing experts who can collaborate with researchers, and provide this support to underserved institutions. Northeast Cyberteam is addressing the challenges faced by smaller, mid-sized and under-resourced campuses by building a pool of research computing facilitators that can be shared across institutional boundaries. The regional networks have a significant role, such as Edge through EdgeDiscovery, in serving as facilitator and user support for the smaller institutions in advancing research and discovery. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of research support resources and communities available at the local, regional, and national level, bridging researchers with the resources and collaborations.

  • Investments made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in making Advanced Cyberinfrastructure resources available in support of Research and Innovation.

  • EdgeDiscovery initiatives and its collaborative network for advancing research and discovery.

Modernizing IAM, IDaaS

Christopher Robley
Chris Bland

This session will cover modernization of SSO/ Identity IAM. We will discuss the flexibility associated with integrations with SaaS solutions, DR strategy (cloud IAM) and Lifecycle Management, cost savings including licenses/resources/security. Additional topics for discussion will include enhanced administrative management with enterprise and overall better user experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Modernization IAM - IDaaS

  • Enhanced User Experience

  • Increased Security

Designing Student Success with Institutional Effectiveness and Business Intelligence

Rob Stirton

Learn the components and processes of building a comprehensive Institutional Effectiveness office; one that drives critical student measures and demonstrates mission achievement.

Learning Objectives

  • You will know the core components of an IE office

  • You will know the differences between Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness

  • You will know how to document your activities associated with student success

EdgeLearn - Where Technology and Instruction Grow Together

Joshua Gaul

EdgeLearn is a solution-focused, strategic arm of Edge focused on supporting member institutions in the areas of instructional design and technology. The pandemic has resulted in countless stories of institutions not prepared to teach online. Creating engaging, high quality hybrid or fully online courses needs more than an LMS and videoconferencing. EdgeLearn can help your institution plan, implement, and develop online and hybrid programs through expertise in instructional design, instructional technology, training, and project management. This session will show you how EdgeLearn will help member institutions succeed by providing support, expertise, and collaboration without taking ownership of your instructional output.

Learning outcomes

  • Detail the services EdgeLearn provides through EdgePro

  • List the partners EdgeLearn works with to provide educational technology solutions

  • Explain ways EdgeLearn plans to grow over the next 3-5 years

Emerging Technologies in Higher Education

Mike Newcomb
Jason Hardy

The university networking landscape continues to evolve from end to end. The core of the network is continually pressured for more speed and agility. Technologies that utilize AI and the cloud will enable the network to adapt to the changing environment. New challenges with contract tracing and extending the campus to the home must be addressed and the status quo will not be good enough. Emerging technologies in cloud based Wi-Fi utilizing AI , machine learning, and BLE will have a significant, positive impact on the end user experience.


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Make it Fantastic, Make it Feasible: Maintaining Quality in Online and Remote Teaching During Challe

Michelle Miller, Ph.D.
How can we help all students gain a solid foundation of knowledge, while also teaching them how to think? How do working memory and attention factor into the learning process? And how do we keep students motivated to put in the effort that’s necessary to accomplish deep learning? These questions are some of the most challenging ones we face as we design and teach our courses, and now, they are front and center as we re-envision quality education in a time of upheaval and rapid change. We can address them by applying theoretical frameworks derived from learning sciences. We can also draw on the practical wisdom of experience developed by faculty members doing the hard work of keeping students moving forward towards their academic goals. This session will address them by applying theoretical frameworks derived from learning sciences and the practical wisdom of faculty experience.

Women Leaders in Technology Network (WLiT) presents: 10 Ways to Be an Ally for Women in Tech

Christina DelliSanti-Miller

Join an engaging discussion on the importance of allies, networking and the role men and women can play in helping to supportt their colleagues and push for equity and inclusion in the tech industry.


How New Mexico State University overcame their COVID 19 communication challenges through the adoptio

Michelle Lebsock

Michelle Lebsock of New Mexico State University has a unique perspective of the COVID challenges every university has had to answer. Michelle is the Enterprise Technology Administrator for NMSU and is also a doctoral student and teacher. This perspective has given Michelle a 360 degree view of the current environment and allowed her to develop a successful response to these challenges.    
Learning Objectives: 
1) Increase student engagement and develop an educational instruction plan 
2) Best Practices for administration, students and an LMS integration
3) Developing an implementation strategy and support model to transition staff working remotely

Sponsored by:

Thank you Sponsors


Closing Announcements

Nancy Zimmerman
Adam Scarzafava

Thank you Sponsors


General Session Plenary - Everything You Need to Know About the Business of Esports

William Collis
Paul Dawalibi

Everything You Need To Know About The Business Of Esports

"The Official Podcast Of Esports",  a weekly show that debates the latest trends and opportunities in the industry will broadcasts from EdgeCon




Cybercriminals Also Work from Home

Etay Maor

The global pandemic has moved up the adoption of the 'work from home' from something organizations consider to a new norm, one which will not disappear any time soon. During this time cybercriminals have not slowed down, quite the contrary, there is a sharp increase in the number of attacks against those working from home, remote administration systems,

collaboration tools and more. In this session we will take a look at some of these attacks, discuss the attacker's point of view and review security best practices and mitigation strategies.

Learning Objectives

In this session we will take a look at some of these attacks, discuss the attacker's point of view and review security best practices and mitigation strategies.


Collegiate Esports Insights

Demetrios Roubos

Join Demetrios Roubos for an interactive session about collegiate esports program development. Specific focus will be placed on technology integration, innovation initiatives, and best serving the community of participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to plan and build an esports facility

  • Develop an active esports community

  • Effectively utilize in-house talent to meet the needs of your program

Transforming the World through Data Science for Good

Florence D.  Hudson

The Northeast BIg Data Innovation Hub is a community convener, collaboration hub, and catalyst for data science innovation in the Northeast Region of the U.S.. Our mission is to build and strengthen partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to address societal and scientific challenges, spur economic development, and accelerate innovation in the national big data ecosystem. Join us (https://nebigdatahub.org/about) to learn about the exciting initiatives you can participate in across our four focus areas of Health, Responsible Data Science including security + privacy + ethics, Education and Data Literacy, and Urban to Rural Communities. We will present projects such as the COVID Information Commons (https://covidinfocommons.net), the Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop in collaboration with IEEE and Underwriters Laboratories, the Northeast Student Data Corps, and more, inviting you to join in the efforts and share your data science related insights and projects so together we may transform the world through data science for good.


Creating an Optimal Student Experience by Transforming Engagement

Ahmed El-Haggan
Jennifer Beyer

This session will provide insight into how Coppin State University (CSU), an Historically Black Institution (HBI) that serves mostly Baltimore City residents, re-engineered their business strategy and technology platform to increase student engagement and satisfaction. CSU serves disadvantaged minorities, first-generation, multi-generation student body. Recent NSSE surveys indicated that student satisfaction at CSU lagged other Mid-East public universities by 29 points for first-year students and 9 points for seniors. The institution created a high-impact engagement strategy supported by a campus-wide CRM, which enables a deeper understanding of individual journeys, and personalized engagement across the student lifecycle. By taking a personalized student-centric approach and leveraging a system that includes predictive and prescriptive analytics, as well as workforce analytics to align academics and student skills with the needs of the workforce, Coppin State now has the foundation to improve the student experience, achieve enrollment goals, and prepare students for career success. In this session, Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan, VP of IT & Advancement, CIO and Prof. of Computer Science at CSU, and Dr. Jennifer Beyer, Anthology VP of Product Management, present the institution's process for improving student engagement and designing an optimal journey for each student.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn how to scale up student engagement without scaling up staff

  • Gain insight into developing a strategy to improve the students experience across the student lifecycle, from prospect to alumni

  • Explore how intelligent cloud-based CRM, and workforce analytics can help keep students engaged, motivated and aware of how their academic programs aligned with their career goals and the needs of the labor market

Post- pandemic transformation: Using crisis to re-imagine higher education

Molly Mott

This session focuses on how institutions of higher education can create opportunities out of challenges and refocus their mission to educate students post-pandemic. Examples of how one college used the pandemic as a change agent to transform its thinking about enrollment, equity, access, and learning will be shared.

The presenter will be Molly Mott, who is the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies at SUNY Canton.

Learn Design Apply, Inc. reviews the available Educational Grant services through Zoom

Dana Satterwhite

Gain understanding of the current funding available for the education vertical under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) as well as additional funding sources available to support technology initiatives and purchases in the education space. Additionally, this video will highlight examples of specific use cases around distance learning and leveraging technology to enhance experiences for teachers, students, administrators and the extended communities by K12 districts.

Learning Objectives:

People will learn the latest information about current COVID relief funding and what qualifies for this funding and best practices for accessing these funds
People will learn what other funding sources are out there that may be applicable to their technology goals and long-term visions (COVID-19 response and beyond)
People will learn about new features and functionalities (and different uses) of technology platforms such as Zoom and supportive video conferencing hardware systems to enhance and strengthen distance learning programs and offerings

Edgecon 2021 Closing Announcements

Samuel Conn, Ph.D.

Thank you Sponsors



Campus Labs, Campus Management, and iModules have joined together to form Anthology. We exist to help higher education advance and thrive. Through a connected data experience that offers a holistic view, creates efficiencies, and provides intelligence, Anthology inspires constituents to reach their full potential using technology insights in admission and enrollment management; student success and retention; institutional and learning effectiveness; alumni and advancement; and enterprise applications and infrastructure. Anthology partners with more than 2,100 colleges and institutions in over 30 countries to address the needs of all constituents in higher education. Visit us at www.anthology.com.

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Jenzabar is a leader in delivering modern ERP, SIS, and data analytics solutions to higher education institutions around the world. Created out of a passion for education and driven by a vision of technology innovation, Jenzabar’s comprehensive suite of cloud-based solutions and services gives institutions the state-of-the-art functionality required to address the needs and expectations of today’s modern, digital-savvy students. With over 30 years of experience, Jenzabar supports more than 1,300 campuses worldwide with intuitive and powerful offerings than enable long-term success for both institutions and their students.

To learn more vist, www.jenzabar.com or contact us here

Okta is the identity standard for the enterprise. Organizations like The Julliard School, Ursinus College, and New York Institute of Technology trust the Okta Identity Cloud to enable safe, easy access from any device to technologies needed to do their most significant work

Our solutions are built from the ground up in the cloud and designed to address the challenges of a cloud, mobile and the interconnected world. Solutions integrate with existing directories and identity systems, as well as thousands of on-premises, cloud-based and mobile applications, to enable IT to securely manage access anywhere, anytime and from any device.

Okta knows that any cloud-based service that is not available or secure is of no value to our customers. Important after all since your IAM solutions sit between your users and ALL of your applications. A highly available, highly secure cloud service, Okta is never taken offline for any reason, not for upgrades, and not for maintenance. This allows us to provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee, with a track record for uptime that leads the industry. You can view our history of availability at any time on our Trust site.

Learn more at https://www.okta.com/solutions/public-sector/education/


About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting thousands of government and education organizations across their clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before, and we are passionate about protecting the services, systems, and data that drive government. For more information, visit our 
Higher Education page or our K-12 page. 

PKA has been in business for 25 years providing state of the art and industry leading IT solutions, PKA is singularly focused on one thing, customer satisfaction.  Ensuring your business is our business. We are proficient with engineering expertise from the desktop to the datacenter, private/public and hybrid cloud, and aim to be a true extension to you and your organization. We listen, we strive to understand your business, your requirements, challenges and goals. We offer consultative advice, and provide technology solutions to preempt challenges or issues. Our goal is to provide you with guidance and solutions that help to preserve your capital, reduce unnecessary expense, and where possible increase revenue.  
PKA excels as a supplier, and integrator of networking, security and datacenter IT infrastructure. Critical in today’s environment, through PKASolve IT, we offer an industry leading IT consumption methodology.  Offering a cloudlike experience with on-prem security of your most valued asset, your data. Pay as you consume IT preserves your capital and allows you to pay for those IT assets that you actually use. No over provisioning.  
PKA provides professional and consulting services for project-based work to augment current staff, installation and configuration services, assist with Asset Management, Security Assessments, and network 
assessments. Lastly, through strategic partners, PKA provides Managed Services for Hosted Backup and Restore, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, and Cloud infrastructure.

We hope you enjoe the event but do please reach out if you have an idea, challenge or just wish to talk tech. Hope to hear from you!
-The PKA Team

A Learning Integrity pPatform that protects exams and test taker privacy.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) a world leader in the semiconductor industry, developing high-performance computing and visualization products to solve some of the world’s toughest and most interesting challenges.
AMD is the only company in the world that has both high-performance graphics and high-performance compute technology. Whether you are talking about gaming, immersive platforms like VR, AR, Artificial Intelligence, or data center and cloud workloads; these applications require high performance, and our unique capability is to put these together into solutions.

Organizations are built on the experiences they provide, and everyday millions of those experiences are built by Avaya. For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. In support of your Agency, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next.
Avaya solutions help institutions by:
Avaya is the technology company you trust to help you accomplish agency missions and deliver Experiences that Matter. Learn more at www.avaya.com.

EBSCO Information Services offers premium content through databases, journals & Magazines, e-books and more, including subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, include more than 57,000 e-journals, and online access to 1,000,000+ e-books. EBSCO provides a versatile discovery tool for searching across all library resources and EBSCO's content and feature-righ technology platforms serve the needs of researchers at all levels - academic institutions, schools, public libraries, hospitals and medical institutions, corporations and government institutions.

Ellucian guides over 2,700 customers in more than 50 countries—improving operations and enhancing the user experience for their faculties, staff, and over 20 million students.

At eLumin, we are insanely focused on delivering a quality learning experience that drives student success.

Sure, we’re serious about technology. After all, we are education and technology thought leaders, constantly evaluating how access to technology can spur student achievement. 

But, we succeed only if your students succeed. Cloud computing is our tool, but we recognize that technology applied without both eyes locked on the needs, abilities, and circumstances of your students is a tool misused. We work tirelessly to ensure that students are given the tools they need to enhance their ability to explore and to learn.

Keysight Technologies provides security solutions that make networks and applications stronger through rigorous testing and use of a powerful network visibility platform that delivers security resilience and application intelligence. Enterprises, governments and service providers use Keysight solutions to improve network and security operations (NetOps and SecOps) and IT management through an end-to-end visibility infrastructure that includes physical and virtual networks, applications, and security.

For more information, visit https://www.keysight.com/us/en/solutions/network-visibility.html

Curricula is a security awareness training platform on a mission to make cyber security training fun for everyone. Learn why IT and infosec leaders and their employees have joined the fight to 'Defend Against DeeDee!'

CYREBRO is your online cybersecurity central command that integrates all your security events with strategic monitoring, proactive threat intelligence, and rapid incident response.

Hello! Welcome to our virtual exhibit booth.
Fischer Identity is defining Identity and Governance Administration for Higher Education with a fully integrated and configurable IGA solution that provides dynamic Identity lifecycle management with platform independence. Fischer’s Managed Identity Services™ offerings provide clients with a sustainable solution infrastructure allowing the organization to leverage resources focusing on their strategic direction.
We look forward to discussing your current environment and unique challenges being experienced due to the global pandemic. We will work with you to formulate both a short term and long-term strategy specific to your needs based on the programs established in support of Higher Education. We are dedicated to partnering with our clients to ensure they are successful.
Learn more about The Fischer Relief Program for Higher Education.

Veeam® is the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™. Veeam provides a single platform for modernizing backup, accelerating hybrid cloud, and securing data. With 375,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, Veeam customer-satisfaction scores are the highest in the industry at 3.5x the average. Veeam’s 100-percent channel ecosystem includes global partners, as well as HPE, NetApp, Cisco and Lenovo as exclusive resellers. Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more please visit the following locations:
          State/Local Government: vee.am/slg 
          Education: vee.am/education

GRM Information Management is a leading provider of information management systems with over 30 years of experience. GRM’s robust, cloud-based enterprise content management platform serves as the centerpiece of the digital solutions that GRM provides its clients.

Serving a diverse base of industries such as healthcare,education, public sector, legal and human resources, GRM delivers its clients services such as digital conversion, advanced data capture solutions, document management systems, workflow automation, legacy data archiving, compliance and governance, business process management, and advanced analytics capabilities, as well as a full suite of document management services and large-scale scanning capabilities.

GRM maintains offices in 15 major metros across the U.S., including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey/New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. GRM also has facilities in Lima, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Bogota, Colombia.

For inquiries or demos please contact:

Mark Spitz
Senior Solutions Strategist
GRM Information Management
Phone:  201.798.7100 x358
Cell:  551.226.0315
Email:  mspitz@grmdocument.com
Website: www.grmdocumentmanagement.com

Ocelot is higher education’s #1 AI Student Engagement Platform serving over 6.5 million students at over 400 institutions. The Ocelot platform combines Text Campaigns for student outreach, AI + Live Chat for student support, an unrivaled knowledgebase of content – including over 60,000 Q&As, and over 2,000 “how to” videos – that guides students through all aspects of the student lifecycle including admissions, financial aid, and student advising.

Ocelot enables institutions to provide community-wide engagement for personalized virtual advising and support in order to meet enrollment, retention, and engagement goals as well as access and equity initiatives.

ProQuest supports the important work in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates six centuries of content – the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news and video – and builds powerful workflow solutions, empowering libraries to be the source of extraordinary outcomes. ProQuest products and services are used in academic, educational, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries.

Visit Red Hat and Carahsoft at Booth #21
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. 

Connect with our representatives that are standing by to discuss how Red Hat can help your team to integrate IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on their industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments.

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance, HR, student administration, planning, and analytics, serving educational institutions, government agencies, and the world’s largest companies. Workday enables higher education institutions of all types and sizes to adapt to change, get the most out of their resources, and empower faculty, staff, and students.  With one easy-to-configure application, you can deliver a personalized student experience that drives student success, no matter what comes their way.

Springer Nature is a leading global scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world's largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world's highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries.

Zoom provides secure video communication services for blended learning environments, administrative uses and connecting with your education community at large with a single cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, content sharing, webinars, and cloud phone across mobile, desktop, conference rooms, and classrooms. Zoom integrates with existing video and phone hardware making it easy to deploy, manage, and scale. Special features for education such as breakout rooms, collaboration and audio tools, LMS integration, accessibility features, and support for SSO, along with its ease-of-use, affordability, and scalability make it the ideal solution for education.

Juniper Networks challenges the inherent complexity that comes with networking in the multicloud era. We do this with products, solutions and services that transform the way people connect, work and live. We simplify the process of transitioning to a secure and automated multicloud environment to enable secure, AI-driven networks that connect the world. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net/HigherEd)