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Cengage is fortunate to have a partnership with one of the world’s foremost experts and thought-leaders in the field of Learning Science, Dr Jon Mott. During Dr Mott’s visit to Australia in June 2017, Cengage is hosting a lunch in Sydney for a select group of higher education professionals to learn firsthand of the latest thinking and advances in this exciting field of education.


Institutions implementing learning-centric, competency-based models are often held back by legacy technology. The traditional SIS and LMS have been optimised to support rigid calendars (e.g., terms and semesters) and an instructor-centric course model. Attempting to use traditional SIS and LMS for innovative, competency-based models is problematic because existing enterprise platforms were never intended to support things like program competency mapping and reporting, prior learning assessment, programmatic assessment, cross-course remediation, flexible program learning paths, etc. To fully realise the potential of alternative, learning-centric models, institutions need a completely different kind platform, one centred on learners, their goals, and flexible paths to achievement.

In this presentation, Dr Jon Mott will provide an overview of emerging best practices and standards that form the foundation for programmatic, personalised, competency-based, and mastery-focused learning models. He will also provide an overview of the Learning Objects platform and services, and its implementation of these practices and standards.

At this invitation-only event, attendees will benefit from a money-can’t-buy experience; an opportunity to hear from and engage with a global leader in the emerging and often not-well-understood field of programmatic, personalised, competency-based, and mastery-focused learning models.


• Opportunity for attendees to network with peers from a highly specialised community

• Potential to arrange further discussion with Jon Mott/Cengage, post-event

• Participate in discussion on the effective implementation of ePortfolios, digital badging and credentialing, and the new research around extended transcripts

• Awareness of Cengage’s capabilities in learner-centric technologies and in assisting institutions to both investigate and implement outcomes-based educational models

Numbers for this VIP event are strictly limited – RSVP today to secure your place.

When: Thursday 08 June 2017, 12:30 - 2:00pm

Where: Novotel Darling Harbour, Barossa Room



Jon MOtt


Dr Jon Mott has a diverse background in higher education, corporate development, and learning technology. A regular presenter at the EDUCAUSE and SXSWedu conferences in the U.S., Dr Mott is a highly regarded global expert and thought-leader in the field of Learning Science.

Prior to becoming the chief learning officer at Learning Objects, Jon worked at Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, in a variety of roles including Director of the Center for Instructional Design, and Assistant to the Academic VP (a role in which he coordinated academic technology issues campus-wide). He subsequently worked at TD Ameritrade with responsibility for client-facing education and internal learning and development. Jon has taught extensively in the Instructional Psychology & Technology, Public Policy, and Political Science departments at BYU. His research interests are in the design of the learning infrastructure, personalised and adaptive learning, and learning analytics.

In 2016 Jon received a Leadership Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium for his contributions to advancing the work of digital credentialing and competency-based education (CBE) initiatives. Leadership awards are presented at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, an annual education conference convening education and technology leaders focused on next generation digital learning.

“As chief learning officer, Jon is focused on helping institutions implement competency-based education using standards-based platforms, tools and courseware to support student achievement,” said Andrew Kvaal, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Learning Objects. “This award highlights and honors his efforts to improve the design of digital learning environments in support of better serving today’s students.”

“Each year during the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, IMS recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in leading activities to advance progress for the work of the IMS community. We applaud Jon for his leadership in the areas of digital credentialing and CBE,” said Mark Leuba, Vice President, Product Management, IMS Global. “Award winners are selected based on their efforts to enable the future of education by collaborating on interoperability standards and major adoption projects for the digital support of education and learning.”