Symposium Overview

The Southeast Educational Data Symposium (SEEDS) convenes annually to bring together administrators, instructors and researchers from across the region who want to harness analytics to promote learning outcomes, raise student retention, and improve graduation rates. The symposium fosters an environment of collaboration where ideas and best practices flourish.

The theme for SEEDS III is Data Matters. The symposium will be an energetic, tightly-packed, one-day event. Two exceptional keynote speakers will be on hand to kick off and close the symposium.

Opening Keynote: Dr. Tristan Denley


Dr. Tristan Denley serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Denley earned his PhD in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and has held positions in Sweden, Canada, and the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss he served as Chair of Mathematics and Senior Fellow of the Residential College program. More recently, he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University (APSU).

At APSU, Dr. Denley was instrumental in the creation of Degree Compass, a course recommendation system. By analyzing the historical grades and transcripts of hundreds of thousands of students, Degree Compass matches current students with the courses that best fit their talents and makes tailored recommendations for programs of study. The system was an IMS Global Learning Impact Awards winner and has received recognition from Educause, Complete College America, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and President Barack Obama.

Closing Keynote: Dr. George Siemens


Dr. George Siemens is the executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK Lab) at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a writer, theorist, speaker, and researcher on learning, networks, technology, analytics, visualization, openness, and organizational effectiveness. He is the originator of Connectivism theory, the co-developer of cMOOCs (Connectivist Massive Open Online Courses), and the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of changes in knowing and learning.

Formerly, Dr. Siemens was a professor at the Center for Distance Education and a researcher and strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University in Alberta. He was the Associate Director, Research and Development with the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Siemens holds a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Arts in Distributed Learning from Royal Roads University. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres and the University of the Fraser Valley.