Networking Coffee Break - Coffee Talk With CogBooks

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Take a break from the rich idea sharing in the sessions with a virtual coffee talk. Grab a hot beverage and join us for an informal discussion and light networking as a connection between sessions. Heather Shelstad, representing our sponsor CogBooks, will lead off with a chat discussing how can (or should) what we've learned about effective online learning help improve courses taught in any modality.  We look forward to your contributions to the chat to see where it takes us.


Peter van Leusen is the Manager of Instructional Design with focus on scalable and adaptive projects for EdPlus, Strategic Design & Development at Arizona State University. Over the past 16 years, he has worked at multiple large research-focus universities in the US with the goals to foster student success and truly have an impact. His recent instructional design projects include collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
Amy is the Assistant Director of Faculty Support, for the School of Life Sciences (SoLS). Her responsibilities include managing the TeachTech Lab, a "makerspace" for faculty and instructors to learn, share and collaborate with innovative technologies for their face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online classes. Amy develops training and workshops, and helps faculty integrate “best practices” for implementing active learning in their courses. She is currently teaching EDT180 for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Most recently Amy has been involved with the use of virtual reality for online lab classes, and developing the new online biology degree. Amy’s graduate work included studies in elearning, adult learning and faculty development in higher education. Her thesis focused on specialized training to prepare adjunct college professors to be effective in their classrooms. Amy has presented at various conferences, including Educause, The Teaching Professor, and the Online Learning Consortium. She is the Assistant Director for the Emerging Learning Design community and conference.

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