The Future of Learning Platforms: Perspectives from LMS Vendors

Moderator: Phil Hill

Panelists: Kenneth Chapman (D2L), Ryan McDonald, PhD (Blackboard), Ben Moriarty (Strut Learning)

Kenneth Chapman is the Vice President of Market Research at D2L. He’s responsible for running D2L’s customer advisory program – connecting with Higher Education stakeholders from Presidents and Provosts, to faculty, to Data Scientists. Kenneth is passionate about education and the potential technology offers to offer transformative learning experiences to every person.

As part of the founding team at D2L, Kenneth has held a variety of senior roles in product design, product management, marketing strategy and customer enablement. He graduated with honors from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Math & Statistics, and a BComputing. His goal is to deeply understand D2L’s role in supporting educational institutions in their success.

Dr. Ryan McDonald is Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio at Blackboard, Inc., a leading education technology company with clients in over 90 countries. Prior to joining Blackboard, he held leadership roles at Laureate Education, Inc. and worked in the investment banking, publishing, and non-profit sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from The College of William & Mary.

Ben Moriarty serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Strut Learning, a next-generation Learning Management Ecosystem built from the ground up with adult learners, self-paced learning and alternative modalities in mind. Ben has led efforts to provide more meaningful data and analytics for Financial Aid and Accreditation purposes, and empower Higher Education Institutions to offer affordable and accessible pathways toward high-quality degrees.

Prior to Strut, Ben founded and served as CEO of Jokket, a marketplace for Independent Contractors and Employers built for a rapidly shifting workforce. He began his career in the Government sector, helping Sub Primes and Fortune 500 companies alike navigate and pursue opportunities for the SEC, Department of Defense, and Department of Education.