Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Room: Lawrence B
Albert Balbon is the supervisor of distributed learning at North Island College in British Columbia, Canada. He is responsible for the planning of resources and the ongoing evaluation and successful implementation of e-learning technologies, and also acts as an expert resource on e-learning technologies for faculty, staff, and administrators. Balbon has been involved with distributed learning at North Island College for over 28 years. He received second place in the Discipline Award in Natural Sciences in December 2015 at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education as well as other awards in 2006 and 2010. Balbon’s project, the Remote Web-based Science Laboratory, which can be used to deliver university-level lab exercises to students using the Internet, has garnered international attention and led to the establishment of the North American Network of Science Labs Online.
Paul (PJ) Bennett is the lab director at the NANSLO Colorado Community College System laboratory. Previously he served as an academic technology consultant, assistant director of the Graduate Teacher Program, and, while a graduate student, the lead graduate teacher for the Graduate Teacher Program, all at the University of Colorado Boulder. His interests include faculty and teacher assistant development, educational reform, improving teaching in the sciences, use of technology in face-to-face classrooms and in blended and distance classrooms, and mobile technology in education. He has a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in biology and biochemistry from the University of Oregon.
Brenda Canine is the lab manager at NANSLO Great Falls College Montana State University laboratory. She is also an adjunct instructor at GFCMSU teaching microbiology and chemistry. Before joining the NANSLO team, she was a research scientist at the McLaughlin Research Institute studying the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. Canine holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences and has experience working in private, government, and industry labs.