Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Molly Brown
Luke Dowden is the director of the office of distance learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As the founding director, Dowden led the creation and adoption of distance learning policies that support quality course development, program growth, faculty professional development and student success. He is a member of the WCET Steering Committee serving as Chair. Previously, he served as dean of Accelerated Learning at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. Dowden earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He was the inaugural winner of the Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence in Online Education presented by the Online Learning Consortium in 2014.
Sasha Thackaberry is the director of eLearning technologies in the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). She is responsible for three main focal areas – propelling institutional innovation, managing the eLearning technology infrastructure team, and implementing Quality Matters and instructional design and development projects college-wide. She is the project lead on Tri-C’s CBE program development with Educause’s Breakthrough Models Incubator. Current focus areas include Competency-Based Education, Prior Learning Assessment, MOOCs for developmental education, and the use of game mechanics to improve student resilience. She is one recipient of the 2014 MOOC Award for CourseWare Excellence as well as the Innovation of the Year Award in 2010. Thackaberry has published articles in the journals Internet Learning and Distance Learning, eLearn Magazine, and an OLC (formerly Sloan-C) Effective Practice for the Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit. Find more at edusasha.com.