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Connecting People,  Data and Technology
Connecting People,
Data and Technology


Join us in Solstrand,
The itslearning Leadership Network
November 20-21, 2018


Our motivation...

To inspire new perspectives on education through discourse, networking, and collaboration.

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2017 Highlights

The 2017 event offered enlightening presentations and engaging discussions. We learned how Helsinki is deploying Phenomenon-based learning to increase focus on “real-life” scenarios. We saw how the “Liemers List” is reinventing a school district in the Netherlands. We heard directly from learners about the value of a “students as creators” approach. Our workshops yielded practical ideas for implementing technology-accelerated learning. If you were there, this is a great recap. If you did not attend, it’s a glance at what happens when brilliant minds unite around a common passion. Read on!

Theme 2018

Connecting People, Data, and Technology:​

Using an Education Hub to Drive Change

Education is a very human endeavor. Despite the promises of machine learning and AI, the role of the teacher is more important than ever. With everything changing so quickly, leaders occasionally need to pause, so that they may revisit — and possibly reinvent — how they may best support their educators. ​

One way is with a digital hub. The nirvana of edtech, a hub is a single environment which manages instructional content, plans, and activities while integrating with essential cloud apps and student information systems. But, under its surface, a hub offers so much more. The data it produces offer infinite possibilities: automated recommendations for personalized instruction, rich 360° insights about each student, and even predictive analytics of student behavior.​

During the 2018 Leadership Network, you’ll see how a hub is both a vision for tomorrow and a reality for today. Through discussions, case studies, and collaborative workshops, we’ll dig deep into how a hub can solve common pains faced by educators, become a vital data source for managing organization change, and enable those essential human connections to flourish. ​

Agenda - 2018

Day 1 - Room: Waalersalen

11:00 – 12:00

Registration Opens

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch & Networking

13:00 – 13:30

Welcome & Introduction: Our Way Forward Together

Arne Bergby, CEO itslearning

13:30– 14:15

City of Oslo: Planning & Executing a Platform for Learning, Connecting People & Technology

Bjarte Rørmark, Assistant Head of Dept., Department of Quality and Development, Education Agency, City of Oslo
Jørgen Natvig, Senior Advisor, Department of Quality and Development, Education Agency, City of Oslo

Local authorities have established ambitious goals for how technology and content is to be used in Norway’s largest school district. With an enrollment of 90,000 students, Oslo was faced with a monumental challenge. Hear what outcomes they’ve achieved and what lessons they’ve learned over their transformational journey.

14:15 – 14:30

Coffee Break

14:30 – 15:00

State of Bremen: Building a Foundation for a Dynamic Curriculum

Oliver Bouwer, Supervisor for Digital Media for Institute for Education, Bremen

Mr. Bouwer leads the implementation of itslearning in the state-city of Bremen, which serves 40.000 K-12 students and \ trains 20.000 teachers.

In this presentation, he’ll describe how he’s succeeding with a dynamic curriculum in Bremen by thinking of new ways of using itslearning, building strong teacher engagement, and gaining influential political support.

15:00 – 15:30

Connecting Technology, Content & People: Building a Future-proof Hub

Josh Hale, Chief Product Officer, itslearning

This session will spotlight how we are evolving itslearning to thrive in its trusted role as your hub for educational excellence well into the future. Our strategy is shaped by the trends of leading global educational institutions, our rich heritage of pedagogy, and our bold vision to reimagine teaching and learning. The vision will seamlessly join technology, content, and people, by deepening our integration with cloud apps, enhancing the management of resources, streamlining messaging, and dramatically enhancing the experience of students.

15:30 – 17:00

Collaboration Workshop

A guided, interactive session to reflect on how to create an educational hub and the barriers to get there.

17:00 – 19:00

Free Time & Spa

Informal Networking

19:00 – 19:30


19:30 – 22:00

Traditional Norwegian Christmas Dinner with Entertainment

Day 2 - Room: Høgholmen

08:00 – 09:00

Breakfast & Networking

09:00 – 09:15

Setting the Stage​

Charlotte Møller Anderson, VP Sales Europe, itslearning

09:15 – 10:00

Data-Driven Insights

Steven Threadgold, Head of Product Management, itslearning

When data is given context and made accessible it offers immense value, but classroom teachers do not always have the time to review and act on data. In this session we will share how we plan to transform data from a reactive to a pro-active resource for teachers.

10:00 – 10:30

BI – Norwegian Business School

Bernt Smilden, Architect, Digital Department BI

In this session, Mr. Smilden will describe how BI is using advanced reporting to predict teaching strategies that will significantly reduce student drop out.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45

Technical Education Copenhagen (TEC): Delivering Efficiencies and Data-driven Change Management

Camilla Løkkegaard, program manager digitalization and innovation, TEC

Ms. Løkkegaard was responsible for the re-vitalization of itslearning at the Copenhagen-based FE-College, TEC, during 2016. Now she strives for new ways to improve quality and efficiencies using the combination of advanced reporting and teacher-shared content. In this session, she’ll share her best practices & lessons learned.

11:45 – 12:45

Lunch & Networking

12:45 – 13:45

Collaboration Breakout

This guided, interactive session will cover ways to affect positive change by using data from an educational hub​

13:45 – 14:15

Coffee Break

Group Photo​

14:15 – 15:00

Collaboration Breakout & Group Sharing​

15:00 – 15:30

Wrap Up: Our Pledge, Your Pledge

Arne Bergby, CEO itslearning


Bus to Airport

Solstrand Hotel

Once a year, leading educators from across the globe gather for the itslearning Leadership Network at the Solstrand Hotel in Norway to network, educate and inspire one another.

For over a hundred years, Solstrand’s exquisite location (just outside Bergen), beautiful surroundings and magnificent views of Norway’s fjords and mountains have captivated guests from far and wide. Read more about the hotel here.

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Meet the hosts

Arne Bergby, Chief Executive Officer, itslearning

Arne joined itslearning as our CEO in January, 2004. Passionate about education and helping students and teachers succeed, Arne helped itslearning become Europe’s largest provider of educational learning platforms. Previously, Arne served as managing director of Tieto, one of the largest ICT companies in Europe. Arne received a Master of Management degree from the Norwegian Business School in 1987. He is a member of the Educational Consultants Network, K-12 Assistive Technology Professionals, and is on the Board of Directors of G.C. Rieber.

Charlotte Møller-Andersen, VP Sales Europe, itslearning

Charlotte is a member of the itslearning Global Director team and responsible for driving growth and customer success across Europe. She’s passionate and ambitious about helping educational leaders reach their strategic goals and maximize learning outcomes for students. Charlotte studied at the Copenhagen Business School where she received a Master of Science in Business Administration. Before coming to itslearning, Charlotte held various leadership positions with a strong focus on customer value creation.

Steven Threadgold, Head of Product Management, itslearning

Steven is Head of Product Management at itslearning. He has been active in online learning since the 1990s; as a university lecturer, a consultant for the European Union (helping teachers create digital content) and running a successful eLearning company in the UK, before joining itslearning in 2010.

Josh Hale, Chief Product Officer, itslearning

Josh joins itslearning from, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. In his 5+ years at Invaluable, Josh led the Product, Design & UX teams, with responsibilities across a diverse set of web properties and software solutions. Prior to Invaluable, Josh held various leadership roles over 12+ years at, a startup from the late 90s that survived the aughts’ dot-com boom and bust to become a healthy and profitable Internet company. BuyerZone was acquired in 2007 by Reed Business Information, a division of RELX Group.


Registration is now closed, see you Nov 2019!