Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Horace Tabor
Dror Ben-Naim spent the good part of the last 10 years thinking, coding, reading and writing about Adaptive eLearning. He is a big believer in empowering teachers with great technology that inspires them to teach better. He loves working with visionary teachers and learning from them.With a Ph.D. in Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science, Dror is also our chief nerd and software architect.
Niki Bray is a teacher and instructional designer with The University of Memphis' School of Health Sciences. Bray earned her BA in Education with an emphasis on Physical Education in 1997, a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2008, and is working to complete her Doctor of Education with an emphasis on Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. Bray is also the WCET Adaptive Learning Fellow. In this new Fellow position, Bray will work with the WCET community, adaptive learning product providers, and other higher ed innovators who will inform on promising practices in adaptive learning. Her previous experience includes being a middle school science teacher, high school Biology, Honors Biology, Physical Science, Health and Physical Education teacher, and a girl's basketball coach.
Thomas Cavanagh serves as associate vice president for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. In this role, he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and, practices of the nation’s second–largest university. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, faculty member, and, administrator. He has served in various capacities for EDUCAUSE, the Sloan Consortium, the Florida Virtual Campus, the Florida Distance Learning Association, and other organizations. He is also an award-winning author of three crime novels. His academic credentials include a Ph.D., Texts & Technology, University of Central Florida; M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix – Orlando Campus; and a B.S., Communications, University of Miami.
Dale Johnson is a program manager for EdPlus at Arizona State University who has been working in higher ed for over 20 years in a variety of roles. He currently works collaboratively with faculty and instructional designers to develop new general education courses. Johnson earned his BS in design at ASU and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University.
Judy Komar is vice president of educational technology at Career Education Corporation (CEC), a global provider of post-secondary education programs and services. She is responsible for providing innovative technology solutions for CEC students, developing content for more than 500 new courses annually and facilitating and integrating educational technologies for all CEC campuses. She also facilitates program development, academic requests, and institutional growth, as well as the continuous improvement of the online and blended student experience and environment. Most recently, Komar has been working with the IT and Academic Teams to design a new Adaptive Learning Platform for students through the creation of Learning Maps powered by Learning Analytics. Currently serving over 45,000 students with 200 learning maps, this Adaptive Learning Platform implementation showcases Adaptive Learning in action. Prior to joining Career Education Corporation, she worked in the areas of Academics, Instructional Technology, Consulting, and Curriculum Development.
Nick White is the director of Competency Based Learning Solution at Capella University. White's constant goal is to find ways to make learning more effective and efficient for adult learners through innovative design practices and the smart use of technology. He leads a team of curriculum specialists, instructional designers, and project managers that work collaboratively with faculty members to design exceptional online programs and courses. He received a master's degree in instructional design, is an award winning instructional designer and administrator, is currently the vice-chair of the WCET steering committee, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.