MUS Extended Learning Institute
Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.
George Siemens is writer, theorist, speaker, and researcher on learning, networks, technology, analytics and visualization, openness, and organizational effectiveness in digital environments. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. Siemens is a researcher and strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Knowing Knowledge has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, Persian, and Hungarian. Previously, he was the Associate Director, Research and Development, with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba. His PhD, with University of Aberdeen, focused on how individuals sensemake and wayfind in complex information settings. In May 2012, he received an honorary doctorate through Universidad de San Martin Porres.
Siemens has pioneered open connectivist courses that have included over 15,000 educators and students as participants. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences detailing the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society, having presented at conferences in more than 30 countries. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers, radio, and television. Siemens has maintained the elearnspace blog (www.elearnspace.org/blog) for eleven years and www.connectivism.ca for six years.
Speakers in alphabetical order by last name:
- Estee Aiken, Assistant Professor, UM WesternDr. Estee Aiken has been integrating technology into the classroom with learners from kindergarten through college for more than a decade. Her research interests focus on exceptional learners and differentiation.
- Joy Barber, Instructor, MSU BillingsJoy Barber is a full-time writing instructor at City College MSUB. She teaches both academic and business writing at the college level, as well as developmental business writing. She holds an M.A. in English Studies from Western Washington University and a B.A. in English w/Writing Emphasis from Pacific Lutheran University. Her research and pedagogical interests include the theories and practical applications of New Literacy and critical literacy as well as the metacognitive outcomes of peer review. She currently teaches both face-to-face and hybrid (half online, half F2F) versions of first-year composition. She will be moderating a panel of student presenters from her WRIT 101 classes.
- Sheila Bonnard, Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor, MSU BozemanSheila Bonnand is a reference librarian/assistant professor at Montana State University in Bozeman and has worked on a project using web conferencing for instruction for four years.
- Ritchie Boyd, Academic Technology Specialist, MSU BozemanRitchie Boyd is an Academic Technology Specialist for MSU-Bozeman's Center for Faculty Excellence and the Information Technology Center. He provides faculty development and support for innovation with current and emerging learning technologies in face to face, online, and blended venues. Boyd is also involved in the planning, design, and ongoing support for both formal and informal learning environments at MSU, ranging from cafes to computer labs to technology-immersive classrooms. He has had similar roles at the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Boyd is tone deaf, as is demonstrated by his love for the sound of bagpipe music.
- Wayne Breau, Instructional Technology Specialist, Great Falls College MSUWayne Breau is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Great Falls College MSU. His training and background in computer programming, customer service, and training have made him an integral part of this team. Wayne has helped to improve the video processes for our online orientation, as well as worked to make the training documents more interactive.
- Dan Case, Instructional Technology, Carroll CollegeWith a background in Political Science and web development, Dan Case somehow got caught in the AV/IT world and has not looked back since. He's an avid learner and user of new technology in Education. He currently does instructional technology, teach and redesign classrooms at Carroll College. He likes a good dark beer and is a lover of pie, although typically not at the same time.
- Nancy Clouse, Instructional Designer, UM Missoula
- Lori Clyatt, College Success Specialist, MSU BillingsLori is an instructor and college success specialist at MSU Billings currently working towards her doctorate at MSU Bozeman. She is a published author, and has been a widely traveled educator for nearly two decades in private and public institutions, specializing in computer technology and mathematics. Her research has been in mathematics education and remediation, holistic online learning, and community partnerships in education.
- Zachery Delger, Instructional Technologist, MSU BillingsZach Delger is an Instructional Technologist at Montana State University - Billings. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration – Information Systems from MSUB. His primary duties involve supporting and training faculty and students in their use of MSUB’s online learning environment. He also supports faculty in their use of various other instructional tools and implementing them into their online courses.
- Cindy Dell, Assistant Professor, MSU BillingsDr. Cindy Dell is an assistant professor at Montana State University-Billings, teaching in the College of Education. She teaches educational psychology and introductory to education classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds an EdD in Adult Education from Montana State University, a MS in Personnel and Guidance, and a BS in psychology. Her research interests include self-regulation of online learners, online pedagogy, online program assessment, and other online learning topics.
- Tom Dell, Assistant Professor, MSU BillingsDr. Tom Dell is in his second year as an assistant professor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services and has taught at MSU Billings as an adjunct faculty since 1990. Dr. Dell recently successfully defended his dissertation earning his Ed.D. in Higher Education Teaching from MSU Bozeman. He has also earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Eastern Montana College as well as a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Dell was the former co-owner of Yellowstone Rehabilitation Associates providing rehabilitation counseling, assessment and mental health counseling. He was also a past legislator for West Billings from 1999-2003.
- Charlotte Dugoni, KPCN Lead Student Producer, UM MissoulaLead Producer for KPCN, is a senior at UM majoring in Media Arts. She collaborates with fellow undergraduates to produce student-success videos.
- John Graves, Faculty Lead Instructor, MSU BozemanJohn has over 30 years experience with middle school and university instruction and has been teaching online since the mid 1990's. He is the Faculty Lead Instructor for the MSSS Program. He teaches exclusively online for MSSE and also assists other faculty with online professional development. He has a passion for online instruction and learning.
- Erick Green, Professor, UM MissoulaErick Greene received his PhD. from Princeton University in 1989 and currently serves as a faculty member in UM's Wildlife Biology Program.
- Mary Anne Hansen, Reference Librarian/Professor, MSU BozemanMary Anne Hansen is a reference librarian/professor at Montana State University in Bozeman and serves as the Library’s distance education coordinator.
- Erin Helmholz, KPCN Student Peer Advisor, UM MissoulaAs a senior in Communication Studies with options in Organizational Communication and Human Relationships, Erin works as a KPCN script writer and actress.
- Kelley Hirning, KPCN Student Communications Intern, UM MissoulaCommunications Intern and Peer advisor, is a junior in Organizational Communication. She is in charge of KPCN’s communication plan and social media efforts.
- Vikki Howard, Associate Professor, UM WesternVikki Howard is an Associate Professor of Special Education at UM Western. She is also the Director of the Online Special Education Program. She has taught online for three years.
- Cindi Hughes, Add-A-Tudez Entertainment CompanyAfter working as a manager for a group home for delinquent youth for 18 years, Cyndi had to leave her job due to her son, Trevor (then in 7th grade), being diagnosed with chronic renal insufficiency (aka kidney failure). A few years later, she assisted both of her sons (Trevor and Josh, 6 years older) in their bid to start a company to bring game design jobs to Montana. She is Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company's 'Company Mom' and HR department, and also helps out with the educational activities of AEC that include teaching game design in schools through Sony's LittleBigPlanet.
- Josh Hughes, President, Add-A-Tudez Entertainment CompanyJosh Hughes is President of Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company (AEC) and Lead Game Designer for Team KAIZEN (www.teamkaizengames.com), AEC's first game studio. Josh started learning about game design under Mackenzie Ponech's XrucifiX game studio while a junior in high school. Shortly after graduation, his brother Trevor (6 years younger and AEC VP) was diagnosed with severe kidney failure and their family lost everything. One day, while Trev was in surgery, Josh advised their mother that normal wasn't working, they had to try crazy. Crazy meant taking their passion for games and turning it into a business. With help from the Great Falls Development Authority, AEC was born. AEC and Team KAIZEN develop both normal video games (including a martial arts fighter and a rhythm game) as well as educational game projects. Their first educational game project was a level pack for the popular game LittleBigPlanet 2 that taught Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through rides and roller coasters. They also teach kids game design in schools through LittleBigPlanet 2 and give educational talks across Montana and the country through high definition video chat provided by VisionNet and the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (www.cilc.org).
- Trevor Hughes, Add-A-Tudez Entertainment CompanyWhile in 7th grade, Trevor was diagnosed with kidney failure, which cause his family to go bankrupt and lose everything. A few years later, he and his brother Josh started Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company (AEC) to take their lives back and bring video game jobs to Montana. AEC works on both normal video game projects as well as educational ones including teaching game design in schools through Sony's LittleBigPlanet. AEC's first game studio, Team KAIZEN, just became Montana's first officially licensed PlayStation Developers as of October 2012. At AEC, Trevor is Vice-President and Lead Artistic Conceptualist. He works on everything from creating concepts to working in AEC's educational efforts and creating 3D environmental models for AEC games.
- Lindsey Jackson, Graduate Research Assistant, MSU BozemanLindsey Jackson is a graduate student at MSU-Bozeman and a certified Instructional Designer. Her interests included teaching techniques, innovative pedegogy and classroom design.
- Shannon Janssen, Program Coordinator for KPCN, UM MissoulaProgram Coordinator for KPCN, advises for The Undergraduate Advising Center and is the department’s Web Applications and Technology Specialist.
- Catherine Johnson, Adjunct Faculty/Evaluator, MSU BozemanCatherine Johnson is an instructor for the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching Program and a doctoral student in the Department of Education at MSU.
- Jeanie Kalotay, Science Education Instructor, MSU BillingsJeanie Kalotay is an instructor at Montana State University Billings in the College of Education. She is also a project manager for two MSUB science grants: Montana Partnership with Regions for Excellence in STEM and the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant.
- Hannah Kochel, Lead Student Animator for KPCN, UM MissoulaLead Animator for KPCN, is a senior BFA student in Integrated Digital Media. She animates opening credits and inserts for KPCN videos.
- Michael Kornfield, KPCN Student Peer Advisor, UM MissoulaKPCN Peer, is a senior in Management Information Systems and Pre-Med. He serves multiple roles for KPCN including actor, grip and logistical coordinator.
- Kurt Laudicina, College Success Specialist, MSU BillingsKurt is an instructor and college success specialist at MSU Billings. He holds a BS in Business Administration — Marketing, an MS in Public Relations and is currently working towards a doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University (expected in 2013).His current research leans towards online service learning, online education, retention, the first year experience, and mobile technologies.
- Marilyn Lockhart, Director for Faculty Excellence, MSU BozemanDr. Marilyn Lockhart is the Director for the Center for Faculty Excellence at Montana State University. The Center offers professional development for faculty in all areas of work life, including teaching, research, service, and work/life integration. She is also an Associate Professor in the Adult and Higher Education graduate program and teaches courses such as Post-secondary Distance Education and College Teaching. She conducts research and publishes in the areas of college teaching and distance education. She has worked at MSU- Bozeman since 1998.
- Amber McDermott, Assistant Professor, MSU BillingsAmber McDermott is an assistant professor at Montana State University - Billings. She teaches in the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services and primarily instructs students in the Master's in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana, and is currently completing her dissertation for the Ph.D. in General Psychology from the University of Montana. Her research interests include multicultural counseling competence and diversity in higher education.
- Patrick McGowen, Assistant Professor, MSU BozemanPat McGowen obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University - Bozeman, and his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from University of California Irvine. Dr. McGowen has been a licensed professional civil engineer in Montana since April 2000. He is an assistant professor jointly appointed between the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) and Civil Engineering Department at Montana State University - Bozeman where he has worked on research projects relating to rural intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation impacts to wildlife, travel demand forecasting, safety and travel and tourism. He has utilized numerous online tools and active learning principles in his teaching.
- Henriette Lowisch, Associate Professor, UM MissoulaHenriette Löwisch is an international journalist who has worked across continents and media. She is an associate professor at The University of Montana's School of Journalism, where she directs the graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism.
- Aaron Page, Accessibility Specialist, UM MissoulaAaron Page is a Junior studying Computer Science at the University of Montana. He serves as an accessibility specialist for UMOnline.
- Kathy Shipman, Instructor, UM WesternKathy Shipman is an Instructor of Education at UM Western and the Director of the Butte Extension Program. She has taught online for approximately eight years.
- Brandon Smith, Instructor, Salish Kootenai CollegeBrandon Smith is a full-time instructor at Salish Kootenai College specializing in leadership, marketing and business technology and an adjunct instructor at the University of Montana. After working in the film industry for several years, he went on to build the cinema studies department at Azusa Pacific University – including starting a multi-university film festival and building a state of the art production studio. Brandon obtained his Master of Arts in Business Organizational Leadership while teaching at Vanguard University. Privately, Brandon consults with corporations, small businesses and non-profits in the areas of management, leadership and marketing; helping to define vision, mission and to develop action plans. He is also a founding member of a number of online start-ups.
- Robert Squires, Director of UMOnline, UM MissoulaRobert Squires is the Director of Instructional Design and Technical Support for UMOnline. He has presented workshops nationally and internationally on the use of technology in education.
- Cheryl Stanley, Instructional Designer, Great Falls College MSUCheryl Stanley is an Instructional Designer at Great Falls College Montana State University. She has taught in the K-12 environment and worked as a Technology Integration Specialist for a number of years. Cheryl is NETS*T certified as well as a SMART Certified Trainer. Her expertise in technology integration and curriculum development has helped this team to see the benefits not only for students but also the faculty..
- Karen Vosen, Student Support Specialist, Great Falls College MSUKaren Vosen is a Student Support Specialist at Great Falls College MSU as well an adjunct faculty member. She has served students and been the primary developer of this program for the past 15 years. Her expertise and experience have resulted in a comprehensive plan to address the needs of our students at the college. She holds multiple degrees, including a BA in Business Administration, and Associates degrees in Computer Support, and Web Design.
- William Weber, Instructional Designer, MSU BillingsWilliam Weber is an Instructional Designer at MSU Billings. His primary duties revolve around online courses and helping faculty integrate technology into their classrooms. He is also an adjunct instructor in the College of Education. He holds a B.S. in Technology Education from MSU and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Online Teaching and Learning from MSUB. He has also completed additional course work in Higher Education at MSU.
- Darrel Williams, Desktop Support Specialist, MSU BillingsDarrel Williams is a Desktop Support Specialist in the Information Technology Dept. at Montana State University Billings. He currently works with Faculty on resolving a variety of computer, mobile, and software/app related issues.
- Jessica Winans, Director of eLearning, UM WesternJessica Winans is the Director of eLearning at UM Western. She has taught online for five years.
- Louey Winkler, Graduate Assistant, UM MissoulaA Graduate student at the University of Montana, Louey Winkler spends his time profiling the importance of 'Play'. His applied arts background encourages the use of games and creativity within the classroom.
- Marlene Zentz, Instructional Designer, UM MissoulaMarlene Zentz is an instructional designer and accessibility specialist for UMOnline. Her current focus is on the universal design of online learning environments.
- Barbara Zuck, Assistant Professor, MSU NorthernBarbara grew up in Montana, Big Sky Country. She completed her undergraduate degree in economics at Luther College in Iowa. From here she started working for large corporations including National Cash Register, SuperValu, Nestlè USA, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Along the way, she earned a master of public administration degree at Portland State University. She eventually made it back to the Big Sky Country and completed her doctorate in education at Montana State University and has been an Assistant Professor of Business at Montana State University-Northern since 2009. She teaches a variety of undergraduate business courses, but her favorite, of course, is Human Resource Management with topics around training, organizational development, and change management. When not teaching at Montana State, she leads training sessions around the United States, finds inspiration while hiking the spectacular Crazy Mountains, and plays in the great outdoors. A lifelong learner, Barbara is learning to fly fish and photograph wildlife.