Evolution to revolution: How EdTechs and higher education institutions are partnering to rapidly innovate

IMAGINE: The New World of Education webinar series

Join us for the inaugural session of IMAGINE: The Future of Education, a series of conversations with (and for) education leaders who are adapting and thriving in our new normal.

Join us for IMAGINE: The New World of Education, a global series of conversations with (and for) education leaders.

IMAGINE: The New World of Education, a global webinar series presented by Amazon Web Services (AWS), showcases education institutions and organizations that have innovated in the cloud to ensure that learners of all ages have access to the education, training, and resources needed to keep our world moving forward.

The circumstances of the past year accelerated educators’ experimentation with technology and adoption of e-learning tools in education technology (EdTech). Previously an evolutionary process of experience, growth, and product development, using EdTech is now a revolution that upends the way we think about learning and perceptions of eLearning.

In this session, join Canadian EdTech leader John Baker, founder and chief executive officer of D2L, and David Harpool, president of Northcentral University. Hear how EdTech is tackling the biggest challenges facing students, instructors, and administrators in partnership with education institutions from around the world.


50 minutes


John Baker

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, D2L

John founded D2L in 1999 at the age of twenty-two while attending the University of Waterloo. D2L is a global software company that believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. A strong believer in community involvement, John devotes both his personal and business efforts to supporting young entrepreneurs who are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide.

David Harpool, JD, PhD

President, Northcentral University

Dr. Harpool has more than 35 years of experience in public and private college education. He has served as a tenured faculty member, dean, vice president, provost, president, and a trustee of both traditional and non-traditional universities. Under Dr. Harpool’s leadership, Northcentral University added 39 new programs and three additional schools while seeing enrollments grow to over 11,000. Dr. Harpool is a recognized leader in teaching pedagogy, online and distance education, and higher education law.

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