Day 1 Speakers
Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. While working towards a DMA in music composition at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, her interactive multimedia opera, A King Listens, premiered at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and was profiled by apple.com. She holds a certificate in Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and has studied composition with Mara Helmuth, Cort Lippe and McGregor Boyle. She sits on the boards of 60×60 Dance, the BEAM Foundation, Devotion Gallery, the International Computer Music Association, and Organised Sound. She contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music, and her article on generative multimedia was recently published in Contemporary Music Review. She is a joint author of Electronic Music and is working on an issue of Organised Sound on sonification. Her work has been supported by the Presser Foundation, Centro Mexicano para la Música y les Artes Sonoras, and Meet the Composer. In 2010 she co-chaired the International Computer Music Conference, and in 2011 she co-chaired the Electro-Acoustic Music Studies Network Conference. Her research focuses on gesture in music, and the sustainability of technology in art. As an Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.
Jennifer L. Adams is a member of the Teaching, Learning + Technology group at Stony Brook University. Having started off as the Lead Macintosh Systems Engineer for the group, she now has moved on to the role of Educational Technologist, which empowers her to aid instructors with the use of technology in the classroom. Some of the technologies which she either currently supports or has rolled out on campus include live and archived streaming services (QTSS, Flash, HTML5), podcasting, student response systems (clickers), rich media lecture capture, virtual online immersive environments, web conferencing, mobile devices and etextbooks.
Peter Shea is a member of the faculty of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Previously he served as the Director of the SUNY Learning Network, the online educational program for the colleges and universities of SUNY, and as the manager of the university system’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program. He is currently principal investigator for a Sloan Foundation grant, investigating learning environments that blend classroom and online instruction. He has also worked extensively with the Sloan Consortium and published original research in the Sloan-C series of monographs on quality online learning. He co-author of “The Successful Distance Learner” and his research has appeared in The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, The Journal of Educational Computing Research, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, The Journal of Online Teaching, Computers and Education, and The Internet and Higher Education as well as the books “Learning Together Online”, and “Learner Centered Theory and Practice in Distance Education” both published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Michelle Pacansky-Brock is a noted college educator and online faculty development specialist. Michelle has received two Sloan-C awards for her online teaching effectiveness and speaks nationally at conferences and faculty development engagements. She is the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies and the eBook, How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Currently, Michelle is an Associate Faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College; Chair-Elect for the 2014 Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies Symposium for Online Learning (ET4Online) and Chair of the Sloan-C Launch Pad; a member of the Advisory Board for the 2014 Higher Ed Horizon Report; Community Coordinator for The Center, a social learning community for California’s 112 community colleges; and is completing her EdD in Educational Leadership and Management.
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Day 2 Speakers
Jennifer Maddrell is adjunct faculty in the Instructional Design and Technology program in the College of Education at Old Dominion University (ODU) where she completed her PhD. In addition to her teaching appointment at ODU, Jennifer is also an instructional design consultant and serves as the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, a position she has held since 2008. Her recent professional projects include a contract with Savant Learning Systems, as well as the National Institute of Aerospace Associates to perform a two-year instructional evaluation of the Real-World / In-World NASA Engineering Design Challenge. While living in New York, Jennifer had an appointment with Baruch College to design and facilitate courses within the school’s Corporate Training and Instructional Design program in the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies, which included the design and implementation of a customized training workshop with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Jennifer also developed the Designers for Learning platform to connect instructional designers with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in need of instructional products and services to support their operations. The purpose of Designers for Learning is (a) to provide nonprofits with instructional design products that improve performance, and (b) to provide instructional design students experience to develop their skills. Her her doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between distance learners’ perceptions of community and learning outcomes.
Ellen Wagner, Executive Director for WCET. She continues in her role as Partner and Founder of Sage Road Solutions, LLC, providing advisory oversight for industry intelligence and enablement services and solutions practices.
Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide e-learning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. Prior to working in software solutions marketing and product development, Ellen was Chief Learning Officer and Director of Education for Viviance New Education, a Swiss-based elearning company with offices in 10 North American and European countries. She was Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of Consulting Services for Informania, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Viviance.
Before joining the private sector, Ellen was a tenured Professor and Chair of the Educational Technology program at the University of Northern Colorado, and held a number of administrative posts, including Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education and Coordinator of Campus Instructional and Research Technologies, Academic Affairs. She was a Visiting Scholar with WCET while on sabbatical leave from UNC. Her Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
George Saltsman is director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at ACU and recent author of An Administrators Guide to Online Education. Saltsman was one of the original writers of the ACU Connected initiative. Along with teaching in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, he currently serves as Director of the Library Learning Commons and the Non-Programmatic Distance Education. George is one of education’s leading authorities in mobile learning, online learning and faculty development, George works tirelessly to shape the future of how we educate students in the digital age. His leadership, scholarship, and professionalism have earned him the titles of Apple Distinguished Educator, Campus Technology Innovator of the Year and a New Media Consortium Center of Excellence. His ideas are published widely and presented internationally. George’s passion for working with professionals to advance teaching, learning and technology is evident in his drive to challenge the status quo.
Day 3 Speakers
Cindy Elliott is Assistant Provost for Strategic Partnerships and Dean of Distance Learning at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. Currently, she focuses on policy making, program development, and partnership development and maintenance of all university, community colleges, corporate, military and international partnerships and, in so doing, has tripled the number of enrollments for FHSU through these efforts. One of her significant achievements has been the establishment of the first jointly run, bachelor’s degree program in mainland China in the year 2000. Today, FHSU has 3,600 Chinese students at three partner universities in China and is expanding with additional partners for study abroad. FHSU was the first American university to be approved by the Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China to offer a dual bachelor’s degree. Cindy is active in expanding similar partnership relationships in other parts of the world.
Cindy has her educational background with Southern Illinois University for her bachelor’s degree; Florida International University for her master’s degree; and Harvard University for Management of Lifelong Education program. Prior to this role, Cindy was Dean of FHSU’s Virtual College; Director of Distance Learning at Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and Manager of Product Development and Distribution at Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida.
NUTN is a networking and professional development organization for innovative leaders in the advancement of distance education.
The NUTN Board will be joining us to discuss issues relevant to online learning leaders and to showcase the benefits of networking for professional development, collaboration, and information sharing.
Networking & Collaboration: issues and solutions