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eLearning 2014 General Session Speakers

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What Every Student Needs—Regardless of Modality (videotaped session)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 - 5:30pm-6:30pm – Opening Keynote Presentation
Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, President, Valencia College
Photo of Sandy Shugart A crucial part of Valencia College's success in improving student learning and success has been a discipline of listening to their students in systematic ways. Based on a core principle: "The college IS what the STUDENTS experience," Valencia has made frequent use of blind focus groups, group interviews, nationally normed surveys, and student panel discussions. Through these, the college continues to discern what students genuinely need to succeed as learners. These have been codified into a working theory called "the Six P's." This session will focus both on the discipline of listening and on the working theory and its application to all facets of the college's student engagement strategy.

Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida since 2000. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer, and job placement and has become something of a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education.  Prior to Valencia, Sandy served as president of North Harris College and as vice president and chief academic officer of the North Carolina Community College System. He earned his Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his career in education, Dr. Shugart is a published poet and songwriter and author of "Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader."

The Future of eLearning in Higher Education: Shifts, Trends, the Expected and Unexpected (videotaped session)
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 - 8:00am-9:30am – Featured Speaker
Christina Royal, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Inver Hills Community College

Photo of Christina RoyalThe world is moving at an incredible pace and technological change is exponential. Responding to changes in evolving fields, such as online learning, can be challenging when paradigm shifts in thinking are required at all levels of an institution to accommodate the change. How drastically will higher education change in the next few decades? Christina Royal will explore emerging societal trends that will impact eLearning and higher education. Be prepared to look at the world and your job role differently after this session!

Dr. Christina Royal has been involved in education and training for more than 15 years. She recently joined Inver Hills Community College to lead the institution's academic affairs division, which includes information technology, the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), and institutional effectiveness council. She provides the vision and overall guidance for academic policy formulation, educational planning and new program development in an integrated instructional, academic support, and student success setting. Previously, she served as the associate vice president for eLearning and innovation at Cuyahoga Community College, the director of technology-assisted learning for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education at Marist College, and the director of curriculum for the Beacon Institute for Learning. Dr. Royal has taught fully-online, Web-facilitated, hybrid, and accelerated courses in computer literacy, educational technology, business and psychology. She earned her doctorate in education and instructional design for online learning, and a graduate certificate in teaching online from Capella University.

The Grand Debate: Accreditation is Irrelevant to Today's Student (videotaped session)
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 - 12:15pm-1:45pm – Luncheon
Jim Farmer, Researcher, Instructional Media + Magic, Inc., versus Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Moderated by Dr. Michael Catchpole, Professor, North Island College

Is regional accreditation irrelevant?  The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to introduce a new measure of learning or "accreditation" to the higher education system to stem a problem that skyrocketing tuition rates and mounting student debt has brought to light. This new qualitative measure which it calls “gainful employment” focuses on starting salaries and promises to ensure students receive an appropriate “return on investment” or credit for what they have accomplished during the past two or four years.

Meanwhile, some employers say they would prefer a system in which accreditors focus on the quality of courses and programs rather than that of the entire institution. Many professions have standards and/or certification procedures. For example, Cisco has defined eight professional and nine expert certifications for a Cisco-certified design expert (CCDE). Microsoft, IBM and Oracle have similar programs, as does nursing and other professions that test skills and knowledge. Should organizations such as the Association of Computer Machinery or Academy of Management take responsibility for accrediting undergraduate courses, especially in industries where there is sufficient commonality in course content and definition to do so. Are “badges” the way to go? Have the national accrediting agencies focused too much on fulfilling institutional rubrics and standards, rather than the teaching and learning outcomes students need to meet a changing work environment?

On the other hand, should workforce issues and “gainful employment” be the only measures we use to determine whether a college or program is successful?  Join us in this lively debate—an eLearning tradition, in which our esteemed and knowledgeable debaters will present both sides of a controversial argument. This event is once again moderated by the kind and equitable Michael Catchpole from North Island College!

Establishing SARA: The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (videotaped session)
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 - 8:00am-9:30am – Featured Speaker
Marshall A. Hill, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, NC-SARA
Photo of Marshall HillSARA (the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Administered by the four regional higher education compacts (MHEC, SREB, NEBHE and WICHE) and overseen by the National Council for SARA, it offers the promise of significantly streamlining the work of institutions in gaining needed approvals in the states in which they enroll students. This presentation will provide an overview and status report on the initiative.

Dr. Marshall Hill  was appointed in September 2013 to serve as the executive director for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, an initiative that is funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation which aims to brings together the four regional higher education compacts to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines.  Hill previously served as the executive director of Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, as an assistant commissioner for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and as a faculty member at Duquesne, Utah State, and other universities.  Hill was a member of the Presidents’ Forum/Council of State Governments drafting team for the SARA initiative. He also worked with the four regional compacts as they developed their SARA plans, and was a member of the National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education.
ITC 2014 Awards for Excellence in eLearning (videotaped session)
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 - 12:45pm-2:00pm - Luncheon
Presented by Anne Johnson, Chair, ITC Board of Directors, and Dean, Business, Social Sciences and Online Learning, Inver Hills Community College

At this special luncheon, ITC will announce the winners of its 2014 Awards for Excellence in eLearning.  A panel of judges that included ITC board members, past board members, past award recipients and other ITC members will have reviewed and chosen these exemplary and outstanding distance educators.

Award categories include: outstanding eLearning faculty, outstanding online course, outstanding blended course, outstanding technical support and service, outstanding use of new technology and/or delivery system, outstanding student services, outstanding eLearning program, lifetime achievement and outstanding eLearning student.  ITC will also recognize all of the eLearning faculty who are nominated by their institutions as exemplary members of their community, as distinguished eLearning educators.

Engage at Every Stage with Hot Teaching Technologies and Cool Applications (videotaped session)
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 - 11:00am-12:15pm – Closing Brunch
Corinne Hoisington, Professor of Information Systems Technology, Central Virginia Community College
Photo of Corrine HoisingtonBlogs and wikis are so 2006! Corrine Hoisington will share lightning fast demos, online collaboration tools, an entire class simulation from beginning to end, and show practical ideas to engage at every stage. Engage. Inspire. Assess. Experience the newest cloud computing and hot mobile technologies that are all free and fabulous! See how you can incorporate innovative, adaptable, student-created media projects that integrate curriculum using Windows 8 slates, Android devices, iPads, and smartphones in class and online. Mobile apps serve as an extension of the student’s thinking—a place to explore ideas, research questions, test hypotheses, compose thoughts, and come to conclusions—in other words, to learn! You can take new ideas directly to your classroom and the techniques for implementing them.

Corinne Hoisington is a full-time professor for information systems technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She has more than 25 years of teaching experience.  She also travels more than 200,000 miles a year to speak to college and university professors and K-12 teachers at venues in more than 50 cities.  Her customers include the Microsoft Corporation, Cengage Learning, the international SXSW event, and many university and K-12 groups.  Professor Hoisington has authored more than a dozen books for the Shelly Cashman series, including Dreamweaver CS6, Windows 8, Outlook 2013, Android Boot Camp: Programming the Android for Beginners, and Visual Basic 2012.  She is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award.