“Higher Education Is Now Ground Zero For Disruption” 
– Forbes

Colleges are facing a perfect storm that could shutter hundreds of them and leave many more wondering how to survive. Yet much of higher education’s leadership is in denial that anything is amiss.

As the IT revolution has creatively destroyed numerous business models, it is now in the process of massively disrupting traditional education. From multi-sourced learning, MOOCs, online education, adaptive learning, informal learning assessment, universal learning records, and the proliferation of micro-credentials, higher education in particular is becoming unbundled in ways that will dramatically transform and threaten existing institutions.

This panel will explore emerging technology trends in both academic and corporate learning organizations and their social impact on the future of education.

George Tamas, President, IVL (Interactive Virtual Learning)

Amy Rouse, Director, AT&T University

Britt Andreatta, Senior Learning Consultant for Leadership Development and Talent Management, LinkedIn

Steve Wright, California Statewide Director, Information and Communication Technologies/Digital Media


George Tamas, President, IVL (Interactive Virtual Learning)

gtamasGeorge Tamas has more than three decades of experience in top management positions for computer software and technology consulting companies. He is currently the President of IVL, the interactive virtual learning division of IMT, which provides global video learning infrastructure and learning technology consulting for major corporate, military, and academic organizations. IVL clients have included AT&T, Ericsson, Hilton Worldwide, and the US Department of Defense/Naval Education & Training Command.

Mr. Tamas previously served as CEO of Governet, where he led the development of the most widely used Web-based curriculum management system, CurricUNET, which currently serves several hundred colleges and universities, including four statewide systems in CA, IL, IA, and OH. He also led Governet’s development of the ASSIST: Next Generation project, which will serve the 145 campuses of the California public higher education system, including the University of California, CSU, and CCC systems.

Mr. Tamas’s experience and innovations in curriculum management, articulation management, and credentialing led him to the design of a new micro-credentialing ecosystem. His proposal for such a design was sponsored by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative and was recently funded by the US Department of Defense. He is currently serving as the lead investigator for the MIL-CRED Project, a Department of Defense-funded project to develop a new international standard for transferable micro-credentials which would facilitate evaluation of learning/skills across military, corporate, and academic organizations for credit/placement purposes.

Amy S. Rouse, Director, AT&T University

amyrouseAmy Rouse has over 20 years experience in the corporate learning space. She is currently the Director of Design & Design Support with AT&T University. Her organization provides vision, support, training, consultation, and services, including emerging learning technology research, analysis, upgrade and implementation, design and development of learning resources for employee skills, media productions, project management, formal certification programs and training for Designers and Instructors, and more.

Ms. Rouse has played a lead role in a number of AT&T’s Capabilities Evolution initiatives which include the AT&T/Georgia Tech/Udacity release of the Online Masters of Computer Science program, Nanodegrees, and STEM certifications via MOOCs. She and her team were also forerunners with proof of concept implementations of an internal MOOC platform, learning record store, mLearning, and more.

She is currently serving on the Advisory Council for the MIL-CRED Project, a Department of Defense-funded project to develop a new international standard for transferable micro-credentials which would facilitate evaluation of learning/skills across military, corporate, and academic organizations for credit/placement purposes.

Britt Andreatta, Senior Learning Consultant for Leadership Development and Talent Management, LinkedIn


Dr. Britt Andreatta is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience working with thousands of people. Her research and experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations have allowed her to create powerful solutions to today’s workplace challenges.

Britt has published several titles on learning and leadership including The Neuroscience of Learning, Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill, Leading Change, andLeading with Emotional Intelligence. A highly sought-after speaker, Britt delivered a TEDx talk called “How Your Past Hijacks Your Future” that received rave reviews.

Dr. Andreatta has served as professor and dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and several graduate schools. She regularly consults with executives and organizations on how to maximize their full potential.

Britt won the Gold Medal for Chief Learning Officer magazine’s prestigious Trailblazer Award for the leadership development program she implemented at Lynda.com, where she serves as Director of Learning & Development. She is currently the Senior Learning Consultant for Talent and Leadership Development at LinkedIn.

Steve Wright, Director, Sector Navigator, Doing What Matters

saw2013Steve Wright is a veteran communications technology executive specializing in market strategy, economic and business development.  Steve’s current role as California Statewide Director Information and Communication Technologies/Digital Media (ICT/DM – Sector Navigator) in the Doing What Matters program allows him to combine his business experience with the  California Community College system to meet the human resource needs of hi-tech workforce.

Steve also serves on the Board of SynED.org an educational nonprofit. SynED seeks to facilitate collaboration and communication to find common ground in an increasingly divergent educational ecosystem.

Steve holds an MBA, Pepperdine, an MS Telecommunications, SMU, and a Project Management Professional certification. Steve lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife and children.


Guy_SmithThis program will be moderated by Guy Smith. Mr. Smith is currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Antioch University Santa Barbara. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Dean of Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College responsible for the administration of the Business Division, the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the School of Media Arts which includes new media applications, game design, animation, film & television and journalism.

For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Smith has been at the forefront of emerging information and communication technologies. Actively involved with the online information industry since its inception, he established Infomart Research, the first online information brokerage in California. As co-founder of Intellimation, a multimedia publishing company, he worked with software developers, publishers and content providers to distribute multimedia applications.

He received his B.A. & M.A from San Diego State University before completing doctoral coursework in rhetoric and linguistics at the University of Southern California.


Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

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