In order to push towards "unimaginable limits" in distance learning, we've got to have a firm foundation for ignition. Explore the distances we're attempting to overcome and how important it is to collaboratively "lock arms" and "push" together. TxDLA truly has the opportunity for the whole to be greater than the the sum of its parts. With a solid foundation, there are no limits to the possibilities.
Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Ford served as a teacher and technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Howe, Oklahoma. Working for Cisco, Dr. Ford continues to work out of the Howe Public Schools location and has an opportunity to help incorporate a wide variety of technological tools to reach its 21st Century student population. Central to these tools is the infusion of video technologies at all levels. Dr. Ford's experience in establishing the one to one laptop initiative at the elementary level allows him first-hand knowledge of how to implement video conferencing, collaboration, and individual podcasting projects into the curriculum. He knows the ins and outs of videoconferencing and he has worked with over 2500 teachers across the nation on implementing videoconferencing into their curricula. He is a multi-media specialist with teaching experience, technical experience, expertise with numerous technologies, and he loves to help teachers feel comfortable with technology. He believes that it is not the technology that impacts the student learning, but rather the faculty member’s willingness to authentically leverage various technological tools. In this, teachers engage learners through a variety of modalities and increased learning opportunities are the outcome. Dr. Ford is a former president of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association.
Panel of Presenters (pictured above, left to right):John Flores, Managing Director, USDLA; Elaine Shuck, President, USDLA, Moderating; George Collins, Executive Vice President, USDLA; Ken Conn, USDLA Chair of State Chapters; Pat Cassella, Board Member, USDLA
The USDLA team is an assemblage of heroes from all over the U.S. who united to empower distance education across the country. USDLA President Elaine Shuck will be joined by other USDLA colleagues – some in-person, some at a distance – to present an overview of the U.S. Distance Learning Association. The Association has been the key advocate nationally for distance learning for almost thirty years. Certainly the technology has changed during that time – and so has USDLA! By virtue of being a member in the Texas Distance Learning Association, you are also affiliated with USDLA. Learn how USDLA can be a benefit to you and how you, in turn, can be a help at the national level. At the end of the presentation, there will be a drawing for a member of the audience to go to the 2016 USDLA National Conference in St. Louis, MO this May! Don’t miss it!
Imagine distance learning ten years from now, perhaps just five, and think about the role you have played so far. Think about those around you and how they interact within a sensitive ecosystem of dependencies and complexities. There are many "unsung heroes" which surface and many unique and innovative approaches that push distance learning beyond imagination. Join Belinda and Marci as they take us on a journey through their own experiences and share some of yours and the ways others are pushing the boundaries to take distance learning beyond imagination.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning Innovation, Professor Tynan contributes to the strategic vision and mission of the University and has a focus on supporting student success by providing executive leadership in the areas of innovation, strategy and policy development, production, informal learning and research and scholarship in technology enhanced learning. The PVC is chair of several of the University's main governance committees, including the Institute of Educational Technology, which is at the heart of the University’s mission to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open and distance learning through the innovative use of technology.
Prior to joining the The Open University in 2013, Professor Belinda Tynan was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is an active researcher with expertise in technology enhanced learning, staff development and scholarship and learning and teaching pedagogy. She has 70 peer reviewed articles, books and book chapters and in excess of 3000 views and more than 2600 downloads on ResearchGate. She is a frequently invited speaker, experienced postgraduate supervisor and has more than thirty years of experience in the education sector in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. She is on the editorial board of two major journals, a non-executive director of the Executive Committee of the European Distance Education Network and FutureLearn (UK); on the board of the Menzies Centre at Kings College, London and the Singapore Institute of Management International Academic Panel (IAP 2016). She additionally holds a two year appointment as a member of the Polytechnic Quality Assurance Framework (PQAF) External Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
Marci Powell is an expert in the field of educational technology with extensive experience in applications related to lifelong learning and innovation. Powell began her career as a classroom teacher and has served as an administrator at various educational institutions across Texas. Marci has been inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Halls of Fame and most recently was recognized as a European Distance and Elearning Network (EDEN) Fellow for her distinguish contributions to the European learning field. She is Chair Emerita and Past President of the USDLA and currently chairs the Global Partnership Committee. Marci also sits on the High Level Advisory Board of the International Council for Open and Distance Education. Higher Ed Tech Decisions named Marci as a 2014 Top 10 Leaders in Higher Education. With over 25 years of progressive leadership and management serving as an advisor to public and private sectors in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, Marci shares global best practices in digital learning.