Iowa Ideas 2020: Future of Online Learning

Originally published by The Gazette – October 26, 2020

Work was already underway on Iowa’s edTech landscape ahead of the coronavirus pandemic. Then students around the globe were forced online at high rates than ever. Meanwhile, many Iowa schools were left scrambling to develop online learning curriculum last Spring. How do we bring Iowa’s edTech companies and classrooms closer together?

Panelists include: Alec Whitters, Higher Learning Technologies; Tom Banta, Iowa City Area Development Group; Steven Hoff, Head of School, Iowa Virtual Academy (Clayton Ridge). Moderator: Vanessa Miller, The Gazette.

This session was part of the 2020 Iowa Ideas Conference presented by ITC and held Oct. 15-16, 2020. This session originally occurred at 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on October 15, 2020. This session was presented with assistance from Education Track sponsor Kirkwood Community College.  The two-day conference hosted by The Gazette brings together policy makers, experts and community members passionate about the state’s future. For more, visit

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