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Breakout Session Speakers

Carrie Morris, associate dean of Online Programs, and Victoria Paterek, associate director of Academic Affairs at Ultimate Medical Academy, discussing “The Key to Unlocking Online Student Outreach.”

Dr. Joe Pace, chairman of the board, Global Education at The Pacific Institute Education Initiative in Seattle, Washington, discussing “Mental Technology: How the Mind Works and Affects Student Success.”

Jay Vaughan, partner at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, California, discussing the “Regulation of Innovation: New Triad of Expectations for Innovative Postsecondary Education.”

Dr. Patrice Torcivia Prusko, MBA, SUNY fellow and expert instructional designer at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, discussing “Virtual Study Abroad: Meaningful Cultural Experiences for All.”

Dr. Paula Bigatel, instructional designer, instructor at Penn State World Campus in University Park, Pennsylvania, discussing “Promoting Engagement and Retention of Underserved Undergraduate Students Using Experimental Learning Approaches.”

Michelle Kight, M. Ed., CTE, Career & Technical Education Specialist at the Prince William County Schools in Virginia, and Chris Etesse, CEO of Scriyb LLC in Washington, D.C. discussing “How can educators easily implement the ‘streaming classroom’.” Download▸

Bryan Contreras, executive director KIPP Houston Public Schools’ KIPP Through College in Houston, discussing “Kipp Through College: A Developmental Approach to College and Career Readiness.” Download▸

Dr. John M. Beckem II, associate professor of Business Management and Economics, at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York, discussing “Overcoming Student Barriers: Transformative Learning in Online Courses Through Course Design, Student Engagement, and Content Delivery.” Download▸

Dr. Elisabeth Barnett, senior research associate at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City, and Dr. Tina Kafka, instructor at San Diego Community College, discussing “Reshaping the College Transition: Smoothing the Pathway from High School to College.” Download▸

Dr. Belinda Miles, president of SUNY Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, discussing “Toward an Inclusive Excellence: Transforming Institutions or Next Generation Learning.”

Dr. Amelia Van Name Larson, vice president of Innovations and School Supports, and Chris Christoff, executive director of Academic Design at American Reading Company in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, discussing “Getting Better Building Schools: Building Schools We Want for our Children.” Download▸

Dr. Richard Finger, director, Graduate Studies and Success Initiative at Lehman College CUNY in New York City, discussing “The Need to Re-Envision Academic Advising? If you got the will, we have the way: Strategic Advising Analysis in 10 Intentional Steps.” Download▸

Dr. Lynn Priddy, provost and chief academic officer at National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota, discussing “The Urgency of Seeing: Turning the Light on Higher Education.” Download▸

Scott James, data scientist at Hobsons in Raleigh, North Carolina, discussing “The Impact of Online Course Taking on Student Retention.”

Dr. Nancy Van Erp, program director/adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, discussing “Culturally Responsive Online Learning.” Download▸

Dr. Robert Ogilvie, professor emeritus, The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and visiting professor and professor Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, discussing “How an Online Histology Course at the University of South Carolina has Served the Underserved for 17 Semesters.” Download▸

Lisa McClure, senior director of Academic Operations at K-12, Inc. in Herndon, Virginia, discussing “Meeting the Diverse Needs of K-12 Online Students and their Families.” Download▸

Josh Shaffer, academic partnership manager at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, discussing “Assessment of Prior Learning: Empowering and Engaging Non-Traditional Students.” Download▸

Dr. Rebecca Sarlo, dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and Owen Robertson, academic facilitator, at Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, discussing “Implementing Targeted Prevention and Intervention Services to Improve Post-Secondary At-Risk Student Outcomes.”

Micaela Alpers, president, Higher Education Division at Career TEAM, LLC in San Diego, California, discussing “Bridging the Gap: The Changing Focus of Higher Education and Employability of Graduates.”


Promising Practices Facilitators

A Collaborative Lift: Strategies for Designing and Developing Competency-Based Education Initiatives – Dr. Kelvin Bentley, vice president of Academic Affairs at Tarrant County Community College in Texas. Download▸

Fiscal Responsibility and Financial Literacy in Higher Education: Creative, Individualized Support Methods for Learners – Nadine Bailey and Elizabeth Accomando, senior directors of Student Finance at UMA in Tampa.

Exploring a Centralized Curriculum Model – Rachel Barenie, director of Curriculum Operations and Bill Harlow, senior manager of Instructional Technology at UMA in Tampa.

Service for All: One Key for Success – Dr. Karen O’Donnell, executive director of the Florida Regional Center, National Louis University in Tampa.

SmartStart: Ensuring At-Risk Post-Secondary Students Get Off on the Right Foot – Gail Miller and Owen Robertson, academic coaches at UMA in Tampa.

Reading Online: Negotiating the Non-Linear Environment of the Internet – Dr. Tina Kafka, reading specialist and educational researcher in New York City. Download▸

The Quality Transformation Model for Faculty Development – Dr. Tommi Barrett Greenly instructional designer at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Download▸

Engaging Alumni: Supporting Students from Graduation On – Andrew Moberg, senior director of Career Services and Kristie Schweyer, director of Career Services at UMA in Tampa.

Tips & Tricks for Engaging ALL Learners in Online and Blended Models – Donna Marqués, head of Instructional Design and Curriculum Support Services at Career TEAM in San Diego.

Building Strong and Beneficial Employer Partnerships – Jaysa Boyer, national director of Corporate Alliance and Beth Garland, senior vice president of Strategic Operations at UMA in Tampa.

Supporting Student Success by Facilitating their Transition into School – Alyssa Giannotti, associate manager of Academic Coaching and Crystal Civitillo, academic coach at UMA in Tampa.

Reaching Today’s Student in the Adaptive Learning Environment – Tamikia Samford, director of Miss T’s Tot School and Amy Sharp, literacy instructional specialist at the Austin Independent School District in Texas.

Setting Up a Competency-Based Education (CBE) Pilot Program: Things to Consider – Dr. Anthony Scheffler, interim associate vice president of Academic Affairs at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Download▸

Fostering Student Career Readiness Skills – Tess Sasse, associate manager of Academic Coaching and Carolina Pandes, academic coach at UMA in Tampa.

Open Educational Resources and Content Curation: A 21st Century Opportunity – Jon Doyle, president of Curriculum Technology, LLC in San Diego.

Developing Global Citizenship Skills and Abilities – Dr. Judith Smrha, professor of Business Economics at Baker University in Kansas. Download▸

Graduate Resources: What Supports do Students Need on and During the Path to Graduation – Lindsay England, director of Career Services and Doug Smith, associate director of Corporate Partnerships at UMA in Tampa.

Design Thinking Meets Curriculum Development – Dr. Adrianna Davis, associate professor at Adventist University of Health Services and Ashford University based in the Tampa Bay area.

Improving Student Achievement and Retention by Fostering Authentic Student Engagement – Dr. Rebecca Sarlo, dean of Institutional Effectiveness at UMA in Tampa.

The Ninash Foundation as Compassion in Action: Educating and Supporting Underprivileged Youth in India – Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, emeritus distinguished professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Oneonta in New York.

Creating Career Pathways to Success – Sabrina Dawson, founder and CEO of The Dawson Group in Tampa.

The Mock Interview: Preparing Students for Interview Success – Catalina DiPierro, senior Director of Learner Services and Heidi Carrijo, associate manager of Career Services at UMA in Tampa.

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