Welcome and Opening Remarks

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Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenters

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she provides the strategic direction for the organization and supports the development of key projects and programs to support OLC members. Dr. Mathes has 25 years of experience in both public and private education where she has continuously supported digital learning initiatives. In addition, Dr. Mathes is the author of the ICDE Report Global Quality in Online, Open, Flexible and Technology Enhanced Education: An Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (2019) and co-editor of the OLC Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs (2017). She continues to write and present on key topics in online, blended and digital learning.
Dr. AJ Kelton is the Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is involved in collaborative learning, reflective teaching, academic and emerging technology, digital humanities, social media, games, and virtual worlds for education and has presented on many topics both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Kelton is the Executive Director of Emerging Learning Design (ELD) and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Emerging Learning Design Journal. He received his PhD from NYU and his research areas include, the impact of group formation and composition on learning, affordances of virtual worlds in education, and helping students and parents of students with attention deficit challenges.

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