International Learning in Time: Scholarship, Practice and Policy for Real World, Augmented Reality and Virtual Space

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Brief Abstract

This participatory symposium includes the leaders of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACEHOF) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).  These well known educational scholars and practitioners will stimulate the audience with their perspectives about today's learners, the environmental context, technological innovation and future predictions.   They will provoke the audience and each other in considering what can accelerate local and global learning opportunities.

***Note:  This Wednesday AM session is open to all HOF and OLC Accelerate attendees; no additional registration fee required.***


Organizer; Professor Emeritus University of Nebraska-Lincoln; IACEHOF Class 2002 and past Chair of Board; OLC Fellow; Treasurer, OLC Board of Directors; Past-President and Executive Director of Ag*SAT and The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC). Janet Poley is CEO and President Emeritus of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC). She develops collaborative distance education initiatives and conducts research and education programs related to technology access and applications with more than 60 land-grant university members and international affiliates. She is in the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and on its Board of Directors and Treasurer; is a Board member and Treasurer of OLC; is member of the Creighton University Health Sciences Distance Education Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Zamorano University in Honduras. Dr. Poley received the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education in 2000. She served as principal investigator on a $5 million National Science Foundation grant for advanced networking and applications including work on distance education and digital libraries in China. She was a Co-PI on an NSF start-up program in Human Language Technology – a collaboration between U.S. and Moroccan institutions. She manages the USDA funded Agricultural Telecommunications Program; manages a cooperative agreement with the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of USDA and the Universidad de Concepcion (UDEC) in Chile; is the chair of the NAL AgNIC Board of Directors; and has received several Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and U.S. Department of Commerce grants. Dr. Poley serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Distance Education; is a liaison to the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC); was a member of the Penn State Advisory Board to the World Campus Initiative; was a member of the Great Plains Network Advisory Committee; and is a special member of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Graduate Faculty. She is a professor in the College of Journalism and the Institute of Agricultural and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While Director for Communication, Information and Technology (CIT) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), she served on the NSF Networking Council focusing on education and outreach. In 1994, she was named by Federal Computer Week as one of the 100 outstanding information technology leaders in government, business and academia. She has worked in more than 40 countries, serving six years in Tanzania and received the Excalibur Award from the U.S. Congress for that work. Dr. Poley is the author of a number of journal articles, book chapters and presentations on information technology and distance learning and currently authoring a book titled 'Building an Inclusive Future for Learning: A Practical Guide for Campuses and Communities'.
Dr. Pappas serves as Vice President for University Outreach; Dean of the College of Liberal Studies; and Professor, Departments of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma (OU). He received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, with Masters and Bachelor degrees from Ohio University and the University of Utah respectively. Dr. Pappas oversees the program of academic outreach for OU that serves over 100,000 participants and includes a Kellogg Conference Center. The outreach division also offers business and executive programs in economic development, banking, engineering and management. As Dean of Liberal Studies, he administers a stand-alone academic degree college which offers on-line, on-site and blended bachelors and masters degrees for working adults. Dr. Pappas serves as Executive Vice President of the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). He is Executive Director for the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACEHOF) and received the Presidents Award for Exceptional and Innovative Leadership from the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) in 2015.
Past-President Online Learning Consortium Board of Directors; IACEHOF Class 2013; OLC Fellow; Professor, previous Dean, Provost and Acting President, Empire State College, Middle State Commissioner; Fulbright Researcher 2015/16.
Marie A. Cini, Ph.D., was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in April, 2013, after most recently serving as vice president and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at UMUC. Cini had been Dean of the Undergraduate School at UMUC since joining UMUC on February 1, 2008. Her work as provost is to create and implement an academic vision that is learner-centered, high quality, and low cost, based on learning science and technology. She serves as the President of the Online Learning Consortium. Cini has over 20 years of experience with various facets of adult and distance education, building experience with scalable, high quality program offerings. Right before joining UMUC, she held the positions of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of the School of Management at City University of Seattle in Bellevue, WA. In these positions, she led several major change initiatives in Academic Affairs. Cini has also served as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts programs at Thomas Edison State College in NJ (1993), and as a Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the (now) School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University in PA (1996-2001). In both of these positions, she worked collaboratively with teams of faculty and staff to build and improve educational program offerings for adult students. Related to her expertise in leadership studies, Cini served as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland College Park from 2001-2003. Cini has published and presented on the topics of authentic assessment and academic integrity, leadership development in adult learners, retention and adult learners, group newcomers and innovation, and program development across cultures. As an early adopter of online education, Dr. Cini continues to be interested in the scholarship of learning outside of the traditional classroom space. She earned her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994, with a focus on the social aspects of learning. Dr. Cini is a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium.



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