Day 1 Speakers
Please bring your computer/mobile device to this workshop.
Dylan Herx is a first-generation college graduate who fell in love with the college experience and decided to stick around and get a job in higher education. He works at the intersection of technology and learning as an instructional designer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Center for Teaching and Learning helping faculty make the leap from the traditional classroom to the online arena. He specializes in supporting faculty teaching online courses and using mobile technologies in the classroom. He is particularly passionate about solving problems in education and workplace culture but he also enjoys daydreaming about the future and internet pop—gifs, memes, emojis, etc. When not on the clock, you would probably find him at play with his family, doing a house project, or learning something new.
Emily Goldstein is an instructional designer who loves technology. She holds a MS in Agricultural Education and a BS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Emily has training in various design tools of the trade including Peer Reviewer Certification (Quality Matters), Designing Learning (ATD), Google Certified Educator (Google), and Web Design (Chancellors Certificate UM System). As an instructional designer for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Center for Teaching and Learning, Emily teaches a program called Online in 9 to faculty to design and develop online courses that meet their desired learning outcomes. Emily’s work as as instructional designer satisfies her desire to continuously learn as does researching technological trends in higher education.
Day 2 Speakers
Laura A. Pasquini is a Lecturer in the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and she is a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. As an early career scholar-practitioner, Dr. Pasquini’s teaching and research is in the areas of open education, mentoring, networked scholarship, and collaborative learning environments for workplace learning and performance. She consults with various education institutions, non-profit and corporate associations on optimizing social media for learning, improving organizational culture, strategic team design, and enhancing training initiative by utilizing formal and informal learning practices.
As a contributing author to Erik Qualman’s book, What Happens on Campus Stays On YouTube, Dr. Pasquini thinks it’s a critical time for colleges and universities to be proactive in how they support and navigate online interactions with their campus stakeholders, including students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, we need to model and mentor to support professional identity, digital literacy development, and to understand how our online selves influence and impact our work in higher ed online, networked communities.
Presentation: Leveraging Technologies for Student Success
Carla Hickman serves as Managing Director with Education Advisory Board (EAB). Carla works with higher education leaders across the two- and four-year sectors overseeing research for the Community College Executive Forum and for leaders of continuing, professional, online, and adult education through the COE Forum. Her research spans the student and program lifecycles and focuses on marketing and recruiting excellence, program and portfolio management, employer partnerships, and promoting persistence and completion among all students.
During her time at EAB, Carla has worked with provosts, chief business officers, IT directors, and senior academic affairs leaders on a diverse range of topics including global strategy, faculty engagement in online and multimodal learning, organization and budget models, doctoral education, student success, and managing the research enterprise.
In addition to her time at EAB, Carla served as a business analyst with the Postsecondary Success program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Carla supported Completion by Design, a signature investment in scaling student success and organizational excellence across community colleges.
Carla started her career in education as an elementary teacher in New York City and Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where she studied marketing strategy and social entrepreneurship. She also holds an MS for Teachers from Pace University and completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Colgate University. Her areas of expertise are Online Education Strategy and Affairs.
Keynote Addresses: Stephen Downes
Dr. Robbie K. Melton is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Melton formerly served for ten years as the chief administrator responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Tennessee Board of Regents System Wide Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC): Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP) and Regents Online Continuing Education (ROCE). She currently serves on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, WCET Executive Board, and as Tennessee MERLOT Project Director, IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, and Co-Chair Global Educational Center. Throughout her forty years in the field of education, Dr. Melton has received numerous teaching and technology awards and acclaims. Some of the most recent include: 2014 Workshop Keynote for The United Nations Mobile Education Conference (UNESCO) Paris, France and Panel Keynoter at the Mobile Learning International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge, 2012 International ELES4-Africa Educator Technologist, WCET WOW Education Technology Award, Tennessee Board of Regents — 2011 Catalyst Leadership Award, 2010 IMS Global Learning Leadership, 2010 MERLOT Educational Leadership Higher Education System Level, among many others. Dr. Melton has published and presented around the nation about the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce. She has even acquired a new moniker as an “Appologist”, due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000+ Apps that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from PreK to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and life-long-learning; according to one’s mobile device of choice).
Dr. Andreina Bloom Parisi-Amon currently manages the Teaching and Learning Team at Coursera. There she focuses on the development and implementation of best practices in MOOC design based on the experience of other courses on the platform and educational research. Andreina also supports the growing community of researchers at Partner Institutions, supporting ongoing MOOC educational research and managing the protection and sharing of learner data. Outside of Coursera, Andreina is the VP of Programs for Miss CEO, where she strives to engage, empower, and support young women through the development of tailored leadership programs. Andreina graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke and a PhD in Bioengineering at Stanford.
Day 3 Speakers