April 20, 2015

(Adelphi, Md., April 20, 2015) –  At a tribute for retiring Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced that it is naming the Center for Academic Innovation for Kirwan. At the event attended by nearly 750 guests, former Board of Regents Chair Cliff Kendall announced "in recognition of your extraordinary leadership of the University System of Maryland, to acknowledge your transformative impact, and to honor your commitment to keep the System on the leading edge of the academic transformation movement, I have the great privilege of announcing that with tonight’s gala we also dedicate the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation." "It's a fitting way to honor Brit's achievements over the span of an incredible career, and his deep dedication to making higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone," says Center Director MJ Bishop. "We're proud to have the Center carry his name."

February 24, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24th, Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard and Montgomery College Innovation Works invited viewers to join in this engaging discussion about change and innovation in higher education.

The program was moderated by Chief Innovation Officer of Montgomery County Dan Hoffman. Panelists included Dr. MJ Bishop director of the Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland and Dr. Shelli Fowler senior director of Networked Pedagogies and Professional Development at Virginia Tech University.

Montgomery College Innovation Works is an integrated Think and Do Tank, a center for supporting and nurturing mission-driven innovation. For more information visit­s/

January 24, 2015

Across Boundaries: Delivering on Edtech’s Promise

The purpose of Across Boundaries is to promote dialogue about digital learning. Our 3rd annual conference will examine how the most promising digital tools are being implemented in educational settings to increase student learning. The conference brought together a diverse set of voices to discuss the most challenging questions facing the edtech industry today.

Dr. Bishop participated on the panel entitled, College of the Future: How Edtech is Pushing Instructional Models

Higher education institutions are expected to provide a high quality education at a low cost, as well as retain more students. This panel will address how universities are using edtech to push their instructional models, how the sector is deploying innovations and new technologies to meet these challenges, and how colleges and universities with independent faculty implement instructional innovations.

•Jim Honan: Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Moderator)
•Nick Ducoff: Vice President for New Ventures, Northeastern University
•Brian White: Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
•MJ Bishop: Director of the Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

LearnLaunch Institute is a non-profit dedicated to increasing student achievement through the adoption of digital technologies. LearnLaunch Institute connects educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates in the education innovation ecosystem. It offers conferences, meetups, classes, and other services to the edtech community. LearnLaunch Institute is part of LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing greater Boston’s education technology ecosystem to drive innovation.