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Digital Ecosystems Conference 2017

DigEco - November 3, 2017


City Center Plaza 777 West Main St. Downtown Boise


November 3, 2017 from 8 AM–5 PM


Free to attend



Boise State University’s Office of Information Technology is proud to present the Digital Ecosystems Conference (DigEco). DigEco brings industry, education, and government audiences together under a shared commitment to advancing the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. Inspired by the efforts of the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force, DigEco 2017 surveys the landscape of public education in Idaho and explores how digital tools and pedagogies may promote long-term, positive change for our state.


This year’s theme considers how matters of educational access, affordability, and quality become increasingly complex as face-to-face classes transition online, required course materials go digital, curriculum relies more heavily on high-speed internet connections, and so on. As a result, this year’s program features presentations, roundtables, and demonstrations that seek solutions to some of the most challenging and novel questions facing education today:

  • What is the learning experience like for learners who use assistive technology?
  • How might instructors and institutions reduce costs for learners while ensuring quality?
  • How might opportunities and credentialing better complement learner interests and career goals?
  • How might digital resources be used to make educational content available for new, broader audiences?
  • What are open educational resources and why are they worth exploring?
  • How might public institutions benefit from working together across all levels of education?
  • And more!


Professional educators, instructional designers, learning technologists, IT professionals, and education leaders may benefit most from attending DigEco, but the event is open to anyone who is interested in the affordances that digital technologies offer to the modern classroom and beyond.

Registration is now closed for this year’s event

DigEco 2017 Keynote Speakers

Kelvin Bentley

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  • eLearning Consultant
  • Former Chief Academic Officer for TCC Connect, Texas’ only online community college campus
  • Former Vice President of Faculty Development and Support for Lumen Learning

TJ Bliss

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  • Director of Development and Strategy at Wiki Education
  • Former Program Officer for Open Educational Resources at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Former Director of Assessment and Accountability for the Idaho State Department of Education
  • Former K–12 Representative to the Idaho Council on Academic Affairs and Programs

Full conference program

Schedule is still being finalized, check back for updates
Conference Check-In7–9 AMGround floor foyer (right of staircase)
Morning Keynote: TJ Bliss8–8:55 AM221
Academic Integrity, Assessment, and Accessibility: A Positive Framework for Online Learning9–9:35 AM243
eSports Will Be in Every School in 20209–9:35 AM259
Captioning and Transcription9:40–10:15 AM243
Online Programs Designed with Student Success in Mind9:40–10:15 AM259
Roundtable Discussion: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Idaho roundtable9–10:15 AM368
Break10:15–10:30 AMNetworking hallway (second floor next to 221)
"Face-to-Face" Connections: Using Zoom Web Conferencing in Higher Education10:30–11:05 AM259
New Technologies in Testing: Wearable Tech, Virtual Proctoring, and Authentic Assessment10:30–11:05 AM221
High-Touch Student Advising with Technology11:10-11:45 AM259
Flipping Digital Distraction: Redirecting Students' Use of Devices During Class11:10-11:45 AM221
Roundtable Discussion: Governor's Higher Education Task Force Recommendations10:30-11:45 AM368
Box lunch with conversations facilitated by event sponsors12–1:15 PM259, 243, 368
Afternoon Keynote: Kelvin Bentley1:30–2:45 PM221
Building a Vision of Access, Affordability, and Quality in Idaho Education3–4:15 PM221
Sponsor Showcase3–4:15 PMThird floor landing outside of 368
Leveraging Analytics for Student Success3–3:35 PM243
Badges and Alternative Credentialing3:40–4:15 PM243
Closing Session: A Shared Digital Ecosystem for Idaho Education4:20–5 PM221

Travel Information


Boise State Shuttle

  • Shuttle Tracker
  • The Orange-Downtown Shuttle Route will drop-off right in front of the City Center Plaza
  • Monday-Friday 7am-10pm

Parking Maps

Driving Directions


The Grove

  • $179–$269 per night
  • 4-minute walk (.2 miles) from conference

Hotel 43

  • $163–$342 per night
  • 5-minute walk (.2 miles) from conference

Hampton Inn & Suites Boise-Downtown

  • $139–$169 per night
  • 6-minute walk (.3 miles) from conference

Inn at 500 Capitol

  • $315–$415 per night
  • 7-minute walk (.3 miles) from conference


Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

  • Burgers & Sandwiches $9-13; Entrees $13-20
  • 610 W. Grove St., Boise, ID 83702
  • (208) 426-0538

Bar Gernika

  • All dishes range from $8-12
  • Old Boise Historic District – Basque Block, 202 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID 33702
  • (208) 344-2175


  • Average meals range from $10-20 depending on your order
  • 199 N. 8th St. Boise, ID 83702
  • (208) 287-1700

DigEco 2017 Planning Committee

Learning Technology Solutions
  • Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist
  • Leif Nelson, Director of Learning Technology Solutions
  • Maria Shimel, Instructional Technologist
eCampus Center
  • Rob Nyland, Research & Innovation Team Manager
  • Brian Martin, Instructional Design Consultant
Educational Technology
  • Patrick Lowenthal, Associate Professor