October 15-18, 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada

E-Learn Speakers 2018


Jim Leslie

Charlie Miller

Megan Torrance
Torrance Learning

Jaime Casap
Google Education

Bryan Chapman
Chapman Alliance

Monday, October 15th, 5PM

Kickoff Keynote, Fireside Chat & Welcome Happy Hour: Dream Big. Act Small.

Jim Leslie, Flipgrid

Jim Leslie, Flipgrid, USA

Abstract –  Transformative change requires ambitious goals and sweating the details. Whether changing a child’s life, a company’s trajectory, or the opportunity for worldwide connections, dreaming big and acting small are essential elements for success. Jim Leslie, 3-time CEO/entrepreneur and education philanthropist will share his story and discuss your questions on making a difference for those you love.

Biography – Jim Leslie is the General Manager of Flipgrid, the video discussion platform used by 20+ Million educators and students across 180 countries. In early 2015, Jim (CEO) cofounded Flipgrid with Dr. Charlie Miller (Chief Design Officer) with the mission of empowering educators to help students define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others.  Based upon the passionate support of educators and the impacts they saw with their students, Flipgrid quickly became the largest, fastest growing video discussion platform for educators worldwide. With a shared vision of making Flipgrid available to everyone, the company was acquired by Microsoft in June 2018.

Charlie Miller, Flipgrid, USA

Jim’s business career has always focused on elevating the way organizations collaborate, inform, and empower their staff, stakeholders, and customers. Prior to Flipgrid, Jim was the Founder and CEO of privately-held Midwave Corporation, an IT systems integrator designing data center assets and operations to make companies more efficient, effective, and secure. Midwave grew to nearly $100 million in revenue and was acquired in 2011 by Datalink (NASDAQ:DTLK). Prior to Midwave, he was President of OPM Information Systems, an IT services company also approaching $100 million in revenue when it sold to InaCom, a Fortune 500 company, in 1998.

Jim was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and was a 2015 Titans of Technology Honoree. Jim is a Trustee of Franklin University Switzerland (FUS.EDU) where nationalities and cultural perspectives meet to create unique experiences through travel and interdisciplinary study. Jim previously served on the boards of Orion Energy Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:OESX) and The Blake School. Jim and his wife, Norma, founded the Jim & Norma Leslie Family Foundation in 1998 with a primary focus on educational opportunities for inner-city youth. Today, four University of Minnesota undergraduate scholars are supported by the foundation. Leslie earned his BS degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Jim and Norma live in Minneapolis, MN, while their three adult children pursue their careers in Missouri, Utah, and Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, October 16, 9AM

xAPI is Ready For Us. And We’re Ready For It.

Megan Torrance, Chief Energy Officer, Torrance Learning

Megan Torrance, Torrance Learning, USA

Abstract – xAPI an emerging specification for learning data and analytics that is open, shared, interoperable and extensible. The Experience API – xAPI, Tin Can, whatever you call it – is here to stay. It reduces the barriers to entry and allows the connections between systems and learning experiences that allow us to craft unique ecosystems to meet specific needs. But what is it? And what does it mean for learning? For learning ecosystems? For us as learning professionals? 

As the specification gains traction and tools emerge to allow non-geeks to use it, it’s now time for learning professionals to take advantage of all that it has to offer. Megan will share in layman’s terms what the Experience API is and how it can be leveraged to improve learning and performance data, which in turn will allow us to gain new insights and get better learning and performance results. 

In many respects, xAPI has the potential to change everything. And at the same time, xAPI will help us do better what we’ve been trying to do for decades.

Biography – Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and, of course, the xAPI. TorranceLearning hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, a free, virtual 12-week learning-by-doing opportunity where teams form on the fly and create proof-of-concept xAPI projects.

Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. TorranceLearning projects have won several Brandon Hall Group awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016/2017 with xAPI projects. TorranceLearning is a 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication and an MBA, Megan lives and works near Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Wednesday, October 17th, 9AM

Iteration and Innovation in Education

Jaime Casap, Google Education

Jaime Casap, Google Education, USA

Abstract – As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex.  We now operate on a global scale and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment.  We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist.  To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically.  What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student focused learning.

Biography – Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity.  Jaime teaches a 10th grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.  He also consults with organizations around the world.

Thursday, October 18th, 9AM

Modularity = Creativity, Usage, Efficiency

Bryan Chapman, Chief Learning Strategist, Chapman Alliance

Bryan Chapman, Chapman Alliance, USA

Abstract – Attention spans are dwindling. Sadly, eLearning usage rates remain low.  What’s the solution?  Modular design with purpose! Come join learning-industry thought leader, Bryan Chapman, as he shares a rapid fire barrage of pragmatic tips, best practices and case studies showing how to break the doldrums of monolithic, eLearning courses while increasing creativity, usage and developmental efficiency. We’ll explore time-tested techniques used in the field of advertising that will help learning professionals meet the needs of modern learners, while simultaneously enhancing instructional integrity. Much of the keynote will focus on three case studies demonstrating modular design in practice, solving a variety of complex educational issues such as: building multiple access points for healthcare training, blurring the line between eLearning and information, expanding a development team through user-generated learning content, and moving learning closer to the point of performance.

Biography –

Bryan Chapman is chief learning strategist at the Chapman Alliance; a provider of research-centric consulting solutions that assist organizations in defining, operating and optimizing their strategic learning and digital transformation initiatives. As a veteran in the industry, he has over 25 years experience working with such organizations as: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, American Express, IBM Global Campus, Harvard Business Publishing, Home Depot, Shell, Capella University, Dolby Laboratories, American Red Cross, and the U.S. State Department. Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology, is a trustee of the Serious eLearning Manifesto group, and speaks at many learning-focused conferences around the globe. In his spare time, he plays with a classic rock-and-roll band and is an avid genealogy researcher.



Wednesday, October 17, 3:00 PM

What is the Future of Learning? Visions of Education 20/20 in Our Changing Learning World

Curt Bonk, Indiana University
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, University of Tennessee
Nathaniel Ostashewski, Athabasca University
Moderator: Theo Bastiaens, Moderator, Open University of The Netherlands

Curt Bonk, Indiana UniversityAbstract –The world of education is changing rapidly. There are many uncertainties like the effect of new educational insights and ideas, the changing balance between informal and formal learning, the costs and value of degrees, the motivation to teach as a teacher, the motivation to learn as a learner….and then there is the possibility of a huge impact of technology…

How will all these variables work out in the future? Will the education system, as we know it today, still exist in years to come? Will new technologies like augmented and virtual reality, learning bots and new mobile devices improve learning experiences? How will the future teacher and a future learner look like?


Curt Bonk, Indiana University

Biography – Curt Bonk is a former accountant/CPA and former educational psychologist who currently assumes the role of professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University where he has published a dozen books (e.g., The World is Open, The Handbook of Blended Learning, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, etc.) as well as more than 100 journal articles and over 50 book chapters on research related to various emerging learning technologies, online and blended learning, MOOCs and open education, and the global impacts from collaborative technology.

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, University of Tennessee; Nathaniel Ostashewski, Athabasca University; Moderator: Theo Bastiaens, Moderator, Open University of The Netherlands