Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room: Lawrence A
Mike Abbiatti is the Executive Director of WCET and WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies. Abbiatti assumed the WCET leadership position in January 2015. Previously he was the director of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Educational Technology Cooperative. Abbiatti was formerly associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is the founding director of the successful Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Campus, and former director of Distance Education for Louisiana State University. Abbiatti has been recognized by the Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards Program as a Laureate signifying leadership in the design, deployment, and utilization of Information Technology for the benefit of Louisiana's citizens, and is a past member of the EDNET Education Executive Advisory Board. Other national recognitions include the United States Distance Learning Association's Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in K-12 Award, Electronic Learning Magazine's Distinguished Achievement Award through the Educator of the Year Program.
Cristi D. Ford is the assistant vice provost for Learning Innovation Initiatives in the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success (CILSS) at the University of Maryland University College. In her role, Ford is able to offer thoughtful leadership in identifying promising next generation online learning innovations as well as lead the implementation of this plan through rapid prototyping and piloting. Ford has expertise in building new online learning programs and research related to teaching and learning in the online environment. She also serves as a volunteer member of the Middle States Commission in Higher Education where she reviews distance education programs as a part of the accreditation team. In 2013, she was received a Best-In-Track award from the Online Learning Consortium for a paper entitled, “Three Institutions, Three Missions, One Goal: Addressing Quality Assurance in Online Education.” She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively.
Myk Garn leads college and system redesign, development, and deployment of new instructional and educational operations models for the University System of Georgia. He focuses on competency-based, student-driven, advancement-by-mastery models. Specialties include strategic planning, affordability, emerging trends, disruptive innovation, quality standards, governance, fast failure and accessibility of Internet-based instruction and services.
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.
Cali Morrison, manager, Communications, has responsibility for WCET's communications strategies and keeping our members connected to the cooperative. Morrison holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University, a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from Montana State University, an online graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Western Kentucky University and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Montana State University. Prior to joining WCET, she worked at Montana State University in various positions for over seven years. Morrison lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband, two daughters and, dogs, where she is active in the community, especially with the CAP mentoring and Girls for a Change programs.