Town Hall: International Perspectives

Concurrent Session 11
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Brief Abstract

Please join the Strand Chairs as they bring together “the community” of experts and participants to hold an interactive discussion on the main trends and hot topics that are taking root in this strand.

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I have dedicated my professional career to the field of education and specifically the education of others. I am passionate about professional development and believe it is the best way to improve student outcomes.  As a lifelong learner I am always excited to work with faculty to learn new strategies and exchange ideas.  I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. I am currently working on a second Masters degree in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Professor Mark Brown is Ireland's first Chair in Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). Prior to taking up this position at the start of 2014, Mark was Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning as well as Director of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA) at Massey University, New Zealand. In addition, Mark had responsibility for oversight of the Central Hub of Ako Aotearoa - National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Over the last decade, Mark has played key leadership roles in the implementation of several major university-wide digital learning and teaching initiatives, including the selection and enterprise-wide deployment of Moodle, the original design and development of the Mahara e-portfolio system, a major implementation of a rich media learning platform [Mediasite], and the first New Zealand university-wide implementation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform [Open2Study]. Mark is currently Chair of the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and is a member of the Executive Committee of European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN). In 2016, Mark was also appointed as a representative of the Irish Universities Association on the Board of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In addition, Mark contributes as a faculty member to the US-based Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) and is currently leading an intiative to establish the Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA) for new and emerging institutional leaders in European universities. Additionally, he works closely with Epigeum, a subsidiary of Oxford University Press, in the development of online professional development programmes for university staff and is currently Lead Advisor for a course in the area of Blended Learning. Before taking up his current posiiton, Mark was President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ). He was also Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). ascilite is the peak professional body for Digital Learning in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and remains a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Anymir Orellana is a Professor in the Department of Higher Education Leadership & Instructional Technology at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern University. She currently teaches online graduate courses in the areas of instructional technology, distance education, instructional media, and instructional design. She earned a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering from Universidad Centroccidental “Lisandro Alvarado” in Venezuela. Her research interests are in the field of instructional technology and distance education, specifically quality in online courses and effective integration of technology for learning.