E-Learning and Instructional Support (ELIS)

e-Cornucopia Conference 2017

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Barry Fishman

Barry Fishman is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education. His research focuses on: video games as models for learning environments, teacher learning and the role of technology in supporting teacher learning, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (http://learndbir.org). He is the co-creator of GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system (http://gradecraft.com/). He as also named one of the 2017 Distinguished Professors of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities.Track 1 Graphic
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Crystal VanKooten

Crystal VanKooten is an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Oakland University, where she teaches courses in writing for digital media and first-year composition. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, multimodal rhetoric, and methodologies for research in digital writing. 

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Katie Jostock

Katie is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University who teaches in Communication & Journalism and Writing & Rhetoric. Professionally, she loves to learn how to be a better instructor by attending CETL workshops at OU and being as involved as possible in her departments. Personally, she loves spending time with her husband (and best friend) Josh and their little furry puppy Harwell. 

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Ashley Branson

Ashley Branson is an assistant professor in the department of counseling at Oakland University. She is currently researching flipped and hybrid approaches to foster the development of cognitive complexity and multicultural/social justice competencies for counselors in training. She will be presenting the results of her study with her doctoral student Richard Powell.

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Richard Powell

Richard Powell is a current Ph.D. student in Oakland University's Counseling Department. Powell is currently researching flipped classrooms and cognitive complexity with Dr. Branson, and enjoys any opportunity to discuss research.

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Melissa Vervinck, Rebecca Gaydos, Rhonda Yates
Melissa Vervinck, Rebecca Gaydos, and Ronda Yates have a passion for teaching international and domestic students on the campus of Oakland University.  All have Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) experience both teaching English Learners and preparing future English as a Second Language teachers.  Each instructor, in her own way, incorporates the use of technology into coursework in order to prepare all students, on either side of the desk, for academic and career success.  

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Caryl Walling

Caryl Walling is the Director of Faculty Development at Baker College Online & Center for Graduate Studies in Flint, Michigan. In this position, Caryl oversees the formal evaluation of faculty, promotes best practices for applying effective teaching/learning theories and instructional technologies, and designs & delivers professional development in the support of quality pedagogy and andragogy in the online learning environment. In addition to this position, Caryl owns a small research/consulting business where she generates projects on a multitude of subjects including; educational technology, online learning, educational law, curriculum, evaluation, child maltreatment, and grant-writing. Caryl also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Social Sciences at Baker College Online, and as an International Scholar Laureate, a diplomatic position, which allows her to join ambassadorial delegations in the pursuit of quality international relations and diplomacy.

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Narine Mirijanian

Having worked in higher education for many years, teaching and learning are my passions. I have enjoyed a long career in higher education at Baker College, a multiple campus, nonprofit college system geographically located within Michigan, but serving a global student population with our online campus. I have experience in a variety of roles associated with teaching, student services, and leadership.  Most recently I provided leadership and oversight to multiple programs as the Dean of Health Sciences, and am now currently the Director for Business and Health Service programs at Baker College Online.  I have extensive experience in working with faculty and students, as well as curriculum development, program development, and accreditation processes.  Although my educational background is rooted in Biology and Biochemistry, my love for teaching and learning has motivated me to pursue my Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Leadership, which I hope to complete during the upcoming academic year.

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Amy Rutledge

Amy Rutledge is a Special Instructor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. She teaches introductory Undergraduate and Graduate MIS courses. She is is a textbook author on Pearson's best-selling Exploring Microsoft Office Series. Prior to teaching at OU, she worked as an IT Project Manager for Chrysler, LLC.Track 2 Graphic
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Addington Coppin

Addington Coppin obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches courses in international economics, and has research interests in economics of the Caribbean and Latin America. Originally from the West Indies, Professor Coppin volunteers with the Salvation Army, serving on various committees in Michigan, the Midwest, and nationally. 

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John McEneaney

John E. McEneaney is Professor of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Professor McEneaney teaches courses in reading assessment, reading theory, and digital literacies and learning. Professor McEneaney's research focuses on applications of digital technologies in literacy theory and practice. He can be reached at 490E Pawley Hall, Department of Reading and Language Arts, School of Education and Human Services, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309-4494, USA, or by email at mceneane@oakland.edu.

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Dominic Dabish

Dominic Dabish is an American software engineer, entrepreneur, graduate student, and teaching asst. at Oakland University. Dabish completed a B.S. in Computer Science at Oakland University in 2016, and is currently in pursuit of a M.S. in Computer Science at Oakland University. He founded The League of Engineers and Computer Scientists in 2014, which is an intracollegiate organization at Oakland University, consisting of students and professionals involved in the engineering and/or computer science fields. He is also the Founder and President of One Simple Click, LLC., a software engineering company, headquartered in Detroit, MI. Dabish is interested in how software can be used to enhance learning and create engagement, and how technology-enhanced learning can be taken to the next level.

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Christina Moore

Christina Moore is the Media Manager at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University. Prior to her role at CETL, she was a Special Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric. She has published in areas of learning technology, high impact practices, and teaching writing in higher education.

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Dave Goodrich

Dave is an educator and designer who began working at Michigan State University in 2012 where he leverages effective active learning strategies while using emerging technologies. Dave works in The Hub for Innovation for Learning & Technology where he collaborates with faculty to develop new courses, redesign existing courses, and consult on instructional learning object projects. He also enjoys facilitating faculty workshops and being a guest instructor from time to time for MSU’s College of Education.

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Jason Siko

Jason Siko is the Director of Accreditation at Madonna University, previously holding an appointment as assistant professor at Grand Valley State University.  Prior to that, Jason was a high school biology and chemistry teacher.  His research interests include pre-service teacher technology integration, K-12 online readiness, game design as an instructional strategy, and coding for social good. 

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Linda Wareck

Linda has over 15 years of experience as an Instructional Technologist at the community college and university levels. She focuses on the instructional applications of using a Learning Management System and emerging tools for teaching and learning. Her instructional background includes teaching courses at the community college, business college, and university levels. Linda’s educational background includes a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, along with extensive graduate coursework in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University.

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Kerry Daniel

Kerry has over 16 years of experience with training, online learning and instructional design/technology. Her past positions have been in academia, as well as non-profit and corporate environments. She has been at OCC, in the role of instructional technologist, for over eight years. Additionally, she has taught communication classes at OCC as an adjunct instructor. She has completed some graduate work in instructional design and is certified to teach online through the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM). Her interests outside of work life include cooking, art, music, reading and home improvement.

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Tonya Thomas

Thomas is a 25-year veteran in learning design, technology, and leadership; personal effectiveness; and multimedia communications. She is currently the instructional design lead with Academic Technologies at Oakland Community College, where she is charged with establishing and managing the quality course instructional design/development/review process. She is also adjunct faculty, IT/Business Administration, with Macomb Community College, and principal of her own consulting firm.Track 3 Graphic
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Dan Arnold 

Born upon a mountaintop in the fields of rustic Northern Michigan, Dan Arnold Ph.D. emerged from the muck to become the preeminent force of nature that you see today. Rock climbing? Skydiving? Bungee jumping? Gardening? He fears none of these things...because he does none of these things. Instead, he spends his time as the Manager of Support Services in Oakland University's e-Learning and Instructional Support department. He also is a lecturer for OU's School of Education and Human Services. Dan has worked in higher education for 12 years, and his research interests focus on student performance and organizational change. (disclaimer - Dan Arnold was not actually born upon a mountaintop.)

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Christina Moore

Christina Moore is the Media Manager at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University. Prior to her role at CETL, she was a Special Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric. She has published in areas of learning technology, high impact practices, and teaching writing in higher education.

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Greg Allar

Gregory Allar is a Special Lecturer in the International Studies Program at Oakland University.  He is also a Research Associate at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Tammy Douglas

Tammy Douglas is Director of Learning Technologies at Kellogg Community College, where she oversees distance education and chairs the Online Course Development Committee. Tammy is also tasked with the development, implementation, and support of a strategic vision for advancing learning and emerging technologies related to instructional, programmatic, and curricular design. She earned her MA from Western Michigan University and is pursuing her doctorate in the Ferris State University DCCL program.

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Evan Straub 

Evan works with faculty, staff and students to integrate gameful pedagogies into teaching and learning. Her work bridges theory to practice by bringing together pedagogy to real world teaching applications. Supporting her work is Evan's research in teacher education, innovation adoption and understanding the role of motivation and affect in learning and learning technologies.  Evan’s history with education innovation started at the Ohio State University where she worked with faculty to support educational technology and has consulted in program evaluation, technical writing and data visualization.  

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Barry Fishman

Barry Fishman is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education. His research focuses on: video games as models for learning environments, teacher learning and the role of technology in supporting teacher learning, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (http://learndbir.org). He is the co-creator of GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system (http://gradecraft.com/). He as also named one of the 2017 Distinguished Professors of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities.Poster Sessions Graphic
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Khalid Mahmood

Dr. Khalid Mahmood: Dr. Mahmood's research interests include designing Autonomous Decentralized cross-layer network systems using semantic web technologies. Research topics comprise of Semantic based Information Security & privacy, Semantic Modeling and Intelligent Learning Systems, Semantic modeling and design of healthcare and e-learning applications using Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Computing, Semantic based web filtering and Semantic based Cloud Robotics”

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Kiran Badwaik

Kiran Badwaik is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Oakland University, Michigan, USA in Computer Science. Kiran’s research interests are semantic web and e-learning.

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Helena Riha

Helena Riha has a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an M.A. in Chinese Linguistics, and an M.S. in Foreign Service. She teaches linguistics and international studies at Oakland University. She has taught almost 2,300 students to date in twelve different courses, including graduate and undergraduate courses, General Education and courses for majors, and on campus and online. 

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Pamela Todoroff
Pamela Todoroff has been teaching college writers since 2008 and came to Oakland University in 2012. Before that she was a corporate writer with significant workplace writing credits. Her focus on using technology to improve the learning experience is the result of her corporate and nonprofit work experiences, where all writing is shared electronically and the most effective writing considers the virtual audiences. 

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Kristine Condic 

Kristine Condic is a Professor and Coordinator of Research Services at Oakland University Libraries in Rochester, Michigan. She oversees the coordination of scheduling, training, and statistics related to the Research Help Desk. Additionally, her research interests are revolve around faculty and student use of electronic resources. 

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Amanda Nichols Hess

Amanda Nichols Hess is an Assistant Professor and the e-Learning, Instructional Technology, and Education Librarian at Oakland University Libraries in Rochester, Michigan. In this role, she works with her colleagues to develop the Libraries’ diverse and user-focused online learning offerings; she is also responsible for delivering professional learning offerings aimed at equipping librarians to integrate instructional design and technology into their teaching. Amanda's research focuses on library instruction, instructional design / technology, and the intersection of these practices in faculty development.

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Linda Wareck

Linda has over 15 years of experience as an Instructional Technologist at the community college and university levels. She focuses on the instructional applications of using a Learning Management System and emerging tools for teaching and learning. Her instructional background includes teaching courses at the community college, business college, and university levels. Linda’s educational background includes a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, along with extensive graduate coursework in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University.