Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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.
Manoj Kulkarni has a passion for applying technology to transform learning experiences. He is an active advisor to educators and investors motivated to advance cutting-edge solutions for greater teaching and learning effectiveness. Kulkarni is the former chief technology and innovation officer for Career Education Corporation (CEC) where he and his team pioneered the development of predictive analytics-based personalized learning and adaptive teaching capabilities across large-scale ground and online institutions powered by the Realizeit platform.
Jim Thompson is the CEO of CogBooks, an online learning delivery system that intelligently adapts to the individual learner and provides tools that enable educators to better understand and support each student. Thompson began his career as a Physics researcher before moving to the high-tech industry, working for Thermo Electron and Silicon Valley based Applied Materials. By founding CogBooks, he followed his passion to apply science-based methods to make learning more effective, personalized, and accessible. On the 30th September 2014, CogBooks was announced as a winning finalist of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge.
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.