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

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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 CINI, PH.D Acting Chief Executive Officer Marie is the acting chief executive officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Ed2Work, a higher education solutions group. An accomplished senior executive in higher education and nonprofit associations, her career spans more than 25 years including extensive experience as a leader in organizations serving working learners. Through her work, Marie advocates for a shift in perspective that places adult learners directly at the core of education and employment. Most recently, Marie served as president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Marie also serves on the Board of Directors at Bryant & Stratton College. She is a strategic advisor for Packback, an AI solution to help faculty lead online discussions more effectively and efficiently. She served on the board of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she was chair of the board for two years. Previously, she served as provost and senior vice president at the University of Maryland University College (now University of Maryland Global Campus). Marie has also administered programs for adults at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and held increasingly responsible positions at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and at City University of Seattle in Washington. An innovative, strategic leader focused on post-traditional learners as the 'new normal' in higher education, she has extensive experience in online and open education and champions those organizations that remove barriers for working/adult learners. She possesses deep knowledge of the changing nature of higher education as a faculty member and administrator, board member and chair, and author. As a member of the LBGTQ community, she is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Marie earned her doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master’s degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University. Marie was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2016. She has published widely on a variety of topics related to adult and working learners.



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