Keynote: Campfire Stories

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Friday’s closing keynote session at OLC Innovate 2019 highlights a speaker series we call Campfire Stories. Our featured speakers will each tell a personal story that answers the question, “How have you successfully moved or scaled mountains in your professional life?” Our #OLCInnovate Campfire Stories strive to introduce you to the concepts of innovation as well as to inspire you to think further about the conference experience. The theme of the conference is Education Reimagined, and the Campfire Stories build on that, as moving mountains gets reimagined through these deeply personal testimonies.


It turns out a bunch of nomadic-yet-related experiences and some determination to overcome imposter syndrome and some bourbon with friends make for an interesting life and career path. Ben is the Lead Design Strategist in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where he and his team are partnering with local community schools and organizations to reimagine and redesign K12 education. A veteran K12 educator and higher ed instructional designer, Ben is fascinated with what happens when smart and curious people get in a room and work really hard at thinking about and taking the next step toward what could be - and trying to make that happen more.
Joshua Steele is the Senior Director of University of Arizona Online, partnering with centralized student services to ensure that students who attend 100% online have the necessary resources and guidance to be successful.
Brian Kane is an artist, designer and educator living in Petaluma, CA. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1987, where he taught Industrial Design, Apparel, and Film/Video from 2011 through 2019. For 30 years, his interactive works have shown internationally in museums and galleries, and Kane’s pioneering real time video sampling techniques have influenced a generation of media artists. He's been a creative director in the gaming industry and a UX consultant for the financial and e-commerce industries. Previously, Brian worked as designer and researcher for the holography and entertainment industries. In 2016, Brian started the first AI Design course at RISD. One of his class prototypes caught the attention of the internet, and was featured internationally on the Discovery Channel as well as the Science Channel. Recent exhibitions include Splice London, Nuit Blanche Toronto, MACBA Barcelona, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The National Museum of Art Brazil, Memery, MASS MoCA, Shanghai World Expo, Tate Britain, Big Chill U.K., and a 2010 solo show at Murphy and Dine in New York City. His work has also been featured on CBS News, MTV, U2's ZooTV Tour, The Late Night Show with Jay Leno, ABC Australia, Good Morning America, and the Jimmy Kimmel Show. His website is
Dr. Angela M. Gibson serves as Lecturer in the Higher Education Administration Leadership doctoral certificate and masters of Adult Education program at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Online Learning Consortium Institute for Professional Development teaching in the Online Teaching Certificate Program, designing and facilitating workshops, and serving as a mentor to professional educators. She has taught first-year, senior, and graduate students, designed and developed curriculum, and created initiatives for student engagement, strategic learning, and innovation. In addition to roles during her 25 plus years in higher education, academics, and student affairs at a diverse set of colleges and universities, she made the rank of Professor at American Public University System. Angela received a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education and Community College Education, from Texas A and M University - Kingsville. She has been published in various peer reviewed journals, is on journal editorial boards, presents at national and international conferences, and served on the Online Learning Conference Steering Committee and was the 2017 Chair of the Technology Test Kitchen. In 2019, Angela was a Campfire Keynote Speaker for the OLC Innovate Conference. Dr. Gibson is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and volunteers as an informal STEM educator creating learning opportunities at schools and with community organizations as well as providing social media outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium 2014 Effective Practice Award.

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