Keynote Speaker

Elliot Soloway 
Elliot Soloway 
Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Elliot’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  In 2004 and again in 2011, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” Elliot is a co-founder of GoKnow, Inc. And, he is currently Chair and Grand Poobah of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning (SIGML). 

Track 1-Effective Teaching with Technology 

Ben Bennett-Carpenter 
Ben Bennett-Carpenter
Ben Bennett-Carpenter (Ph.D., Catholic University of America) is Special Lecturer in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric and the Liberal Studies program at Oakland University.  In his course If You Could Ask Any Question: Open Inquiry, Critical, and Investigative Projects -- taught both partially and fully online -- he facilitates open-inquiry, student-centered writing projects that students pursue throughout the semester.  

Bill Solomonson 
William Solomonson 
Bill Solomonson, PhD, CPT, is Assistant Professor of Education and Human Services at Oakland University in Rochester, Mi, where he teaches courses in training and development. He has consulted with many Fortune 500 organizations in enterprise performance improvement and learning solutions including e-learning design and development, distance education, organization development, and stand-up training. His research interests include the role of trust in the client-consultant relationship, multi-media learning theory, the development of meta-cognitive learning skills, virtual learning environments, and organizational performance improvement. Bill is an active member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). He may be reached at 

phyllis white 
Phyllis White
Phyllis Wolfe White holds Oakland University's BM in Music Theory, MM in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education and as such, is the first person to ever hold three degrees from the Department of Music, Theater and Dance. She has served Oakland as a special lecturer in music since 1987. Her work in designing and teaching popular, innovative courses in collaborative composition and songwriting, music fundamentals, theory for musical theatre majors, musicianship for dancers, and traditional and emergent courses in music listening earned her Oakland’s 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award. Wolfe White is also an internationally recognized composer of educational choral music with more than one hundred published titles and over a million copies sold in twenty-seven countries.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of online learning and musical understanding for undergraduate non-music majors.

Deborah Van Duinen 
Deborah Van Duinen
Deborah Van Duinen is an Assistant Professor of Education at Hope College in Holland, MI where she teaches courses related to adolescent literacy.  Some of her current research projects involve examining the out-of-school (and often digital) literacy practices of adolescent boys. Deborah received her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education from Michigan State University and is a former high school English teacher. She loves experimenting with and reflecting upon new technologies and literacies with her undergraduate education students at Hope College (a few of whom will be presenting with her at e-Cornucopia 2013). 

Erica Hamilton 
Erica Hamilton
A former high school teacher and long-time"techie," Erica R. Hamilton is a doctoral student at Michigan State University.  Focused on teacher learning and development, technology and literacy, Erica is currently writing her dissertation, focused on 1:1 technology in secondary classrooms.  In addition, she also teaches online MA teacher education courses at Michigan State University and co-facilitates new and experienced teacher professional development in K-12 schools throughout Michigan.  Erica's passion for teaching excellence motivates her to keep learning, at the same time her students and own children inspire and challenge her to find ways to integrate technology in thoughtful and purposeful ways, in and out of the classroom.

Track 2-Quality Conversion to Online 

Amanda Nichols Hess
Amanda Nichols Hess is an Assistant Professor and eLearning/Instructional Technology Librarian at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She earned her MSI in Library Information Services and School Library Media from the University of Michigan, and worked as a school library media specialist and a K-12 technology integration specialist before joining the academic ranks. Amanda has been published in and has a forthcoming chapters in Pre-School through Teen Library Outreach and The Next Digital Scholar. 

Theodora Williams 
Theodora Williams
Theodora Williams is a professor of business at Marygrove College. She also is the Chair for the Department of Business and Computer Information Systems. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She has spent most of her professional life in higher education – in both teaching and administrative roles. 

Marija Franatovic 

Marija Franetovic 
Marija Franetovic received her PhD in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in May 2012 and her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at WSU in 2004.  She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1995 double majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology and Art History.  Dr. Marija Franetovic works as a Course Developer and New Media Specialist at Lawrence Technological University and has over 12 years of professional experience consulting on instructional design and integration of new media within multiple delivery modes.  Her research interests include authentic learning environments, instructional design within virtual worlds and online games, and critical mass communication studies in relation to cognition and new media. 

Emily Brozovic 
Emily Brozovic
Emily is an Instructional Designer at Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT). She offers design and social media strategies for faculty at Michigan State University. She is passionate about design and creative problem solving, as well as effective uses of social media in a variety of settings.

Maureen McDonough 
Maureen McDonough
Dr. Maureen H. McDonough is a full professor and extension specialist in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (MSU) with adjunct appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Michigan State Museum.  She received her doctoral degree in Forestry in 1980 from the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington with a disciplinary emphasis in sociology.  She has been at Michigan State for 32 years.  Her research and extension interests include community-driven forestry and increasing the diversity of voices in natural resource decision making.    

Diane Cairns 

Diane Ruiz Cairns 
Diane Ruiz Cairns holds an Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State University. She earned an MBA from Lawrence Technological University.  She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Education at Walden University.  Diane Ruiz Cairns works as a Course Developer at Lawrence Technological University, developing new courses, redesigning existing courses, consulting on eLearning projects and curriculum design for MSIT and MBA programs.  Her career includes program management, regulatory compliance, information technology, and instructional design experience.  She also teaches project management and information systems courses as an adjunct professor.

Track 3-Mobile Technology

Deb Blair 
Deborah Blair
Deborah Blair is Associate Professor of Music Education at Oakland University. Her research interests include the application of a constructivist vision of learning to all music learning contexts. Blair is actively exploring the use of iPads as tools for collaboration and musical expression in music teacher education and in K-12 music classrooms, including learners with special needs. Blair is also designing teaching materials available across web and mobile technologies that may enable music teachers to better support learners with special needs.

Vivian Ellsworth
Vivian Ellsworth holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. She completed her Music Education certification at Oakland University and won the MaTilDa Award as Outstanding Music Education student.  Vivian teaches K-8 General Music at Eagle Creek Academy, and is an active free lance musician, performing with area orchestras as a flutist, and at Meadowbrook Theatre as a singer. 

Bob McAuley 
Robert McAuley 
Robert J. McAuley, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Educational Information Technology and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. McAuley his areas of responsible include information and instructional technology, accreditation, and quality improvement.

Kathi Doyle 
Kathleen Doyle
Kathleen is an Instructional Designer in the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. An Oakland University graduate and Michigan native, Kathleen received her Master of Education Degree with a major in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University (WSU). She has experience in the field of higher education and distance learning from General Motors Corporation (GM) as a Business and Site Administrator for the GM Technical Education Program.  She has worked as a Web Content Manager for the Wayne State University Conflict Resolution Education for Teacher Education (CRETE) Grant.  Her interests include message design, web-based learning environments, the use of simulations & games in learning, illustration and animation.  Kathleen hopes to complete the Oakland University Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Barb Oakley 

Barbara Oakley
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is an Associate Professor of Engineering in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University.  Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neurocircuitry and social behavior.  Oakley is a recipient of Oakland University’s 2013 Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award, John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teaching Award, Naim and Ferial Kheir Teaching Award, and she was designated as NSF New Century Scholar. She has also received the NSF Antarctic Service Medal following her work as a communications expert at the South Pole Station. Prior to her academic career, Oakley also rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. Oakley is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the author of Coldblooded Kindness (Prometheus Press, 2011), Evil Genes (Prometheus Press, 2008), and Hair of the Dog (WSU Press, 1996).  She was also lead editor of Pathological Altruism (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Springer, 2008).

Chris Kobus 
Chris Kobus
Professor Kobus taught his first class in 1995 and was subsequently hired by OU in 1998 as a full-time faculty after receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering. Dr. Kobus loves to innovate in engineering education, pioneering partial notes in lectures in the 90’s, web-based supplemental instruction in the early 2000’s, and now online and flipped-class learning models. He received the Best Overall Paper award at a 2001 conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, and was honored at the 17th annual Oakland University Founder’s Day Luncheon for Teaching. He is a 2013-14 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Fellow.