On Friday, January 17th, I’ll be in LA to help moderate the Evolve Conference put on by the 20 Million Minds Foundation. Despite all the talk about the role of online education in higher ed, most conferences and events – GSV Education Innovation Summit, EDUCAUSE, WCET, Sloan Consortium, and others  – include institutional leaders and staff, faculty, technologists, investors, and consultants but not students. Last year’s Re:Boot conference did include a student panel, but we need more focus on the student perspective. I don’t fault  these conferences, as it is very hard to get student input outside of a survey, but it is still a missing piece to the puzzle – arguably the biggest piece.

This student focus gets to the core purpose of the Evolve Conference:

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