Cathy Cheal
Catheryn Cheal
After finishing her doctorate in Classical Archaeology at Brown University and her BA in Classical Archaeology at University of Michigan, Catheryn Cheal taught art history at California State University, Northridge from 1981 to 2004. She moved to Oakland University, Michigan as AVP of e-Learning in 2004 to facilitate the creation of online programs and manage technology for teaching. She recently retired from the position of Associate Vice President and Senior Academic Technology Officer at San Jose State University in California. She continues to publish and present widely about online education, such as editing a book in 2012 called, “Transformation in Teaching: Social Media Strategies in Higher Education” for Informing Science Press and an article, “Creating MOOCs for College Credit: SJSU’s Partnership with edX and Udacity, 2013, Educause Center for Applied Research.
Track 1-Gold Rooms
Terri Gustafson
Terri Gustafson is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology in the College of Education at Michigan State University.  She has worked in the field of multimedia and instructional technology for sixteen years, has a Masters degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration. Her research interests include online and blended learning models for teacher education and digital native use of educational technology for learning. As the Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, Terri is responsible for faculty development in the areas of online teaching and learning and instructional technology integration in the face-to-face classroom.  In addition, she is responsible for implementing instructional technology workshops and conferences and managing instructional technology programs such as lecture capture, e-portfolios, iOS semester loan initiatives and just-in-time support for the College of Education technology classrooms. 
Sharon Giffen
Sharon holds a BA in Psychology from Oakland University, an MA in Education/Adult Learning from CMU, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, an Advanced Online Teaching certificate from ETOM, several Quality Matters (QM) certifications, and May, 2015 completes Purdue University’s online MS program in Instructional Design. She currently serves on Macomb’s Learning Management System Advisory Committee. Her areas of focus at Macomb’s Center for Teaching and Learning include faculty support, facilitation of the College’s online certification course and the course repurposing process as well as professional development opportunities.

Carl Weckerle
Carl has been with Macomb Community College since 2004 where he worked as an Instructional Designer in Workforce Development and the Center for Teaching & Learning. In his current role, Carl is focused on setting the strategic direction for the College’s Instructional Technology and Online Learning departments. Carl currently serves as President of Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) and on the board of the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education.  He recently completed the ITC 2013 Distance Education Leadership Academy, is actively involved in local K-12 school improvement teams and is enrolled in MSU’s PhD program in Educational Psychology/Technology.
Erik Cederholm
Erik Cederholm joined the ProctorU team in February 2012 as a proctor and was promoted to partnership representative in January 2013. His job duties include exploring new opportunities in the Northeast region of the United States. Erik graduated from the University of Montevallo in December 2012 with a degree in communication.  An avid arts fan, Erik has been seen in many local live theatre productions in the Birmingham, Ala., area.  He recently moved to Philadelphia, Pa.
Linda Foran
Linda retired from her administrative position after 32 years in public schools, worked two years for a charter school management company and is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. As a doctoral candidate, Linda has had the opportunity to become an adjunct professor at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Teaching, using a hybrid format or total on-line format, has led to her interest and research in on-line teaching and learning. 

Diane Ruiz Cairns
Diane Ruiz Cairns holds a Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State University. She earned a MBA from Lawrence Technological University.  She is currently working on a Ph.D. specializing in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Walden University.  Diane Ruiz Cairns works as a Course Developer and Evaluation and Assessment Specialist at Lawrence Technological University. She works with the College of Management Dean’s office and faculty developing new courses, redesigning curriculum and consulting on assessment 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 2-Lake Michigan Room
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.

Fritz McDonald
Fritz J. McDonald works primarily in metaethics, the study of the nature of ethics. He also has research interests in ethical theory, metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of linguistics. He has published work in several books and journals including The Journal of Value Inquiry, Acta Analytica, Analysis, The Philosophical Quarterly, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia, and The Croatian Journal of Philosophy. He has developed several online courses at Oakland University, and is the recipient of Oakland University Online Learning Stipends for his courses on Ancient Greek Philosophy and Early Modern Philosophy. 

Grant Yocom
Yocom holds an honours BA in philosophy from the University of Windsor (2000) and a MA in philosophy from Brock University (2003).  Since 2004 Yocom has been teaching philosophy at colleges and universities in Michigan and in Windsor.  Yocom is currently a Special Lecturer in Philosophy at Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and a PhD candidate (ABD) in Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada).  In addition to this, Yocom works with a number of non profit community and artist collectives and currently serves on the executive board of the non-profit: Windsor Philosophical (Arts) Association which supports student and independent scholarship in 'public philosophy.'  His research focuses on communitarian approaches to ethics.  More specifically, at Brock Yocom is investigating the critical and proposive potential emergent culturally from needs based non-profit community organizations and artist collectives working in the context of the post industrial cities: Windsor and Detroit.
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  

Andrea Becker, Brandon Blinkenberg and Carson Waites
As part of the Office of Extended Learning at the University of Michigan-Flint, our instructional design team wears many different hats and together has over 25 years of experience in online faculty and student support.  Some of the things we enjoy the most as part of our work include consulting individual faculty and faculty cohorts on designing and developing their online classes, leading faculty workshops centered on effective use of instructional technology, assisting in online course design and development, participating in quality assurance initiatives, conducting research on topics related to instructional technology in higher education, coordinating e-learning-related projects on our campus, and conducting online and on-campus orientation sessions for UM-Flint students. 

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. 

Track 3-Rooms 128-130
Christina Moore
Christina Moore is a Special Lecturer in the Writing and Rhetoric Department at Oakland University. In her first-year writing courses, she is developing new strategies for connecting mobile technology to research and project-based writing.  

Julie Alspach
A mentor teacher in the one of the state’s first virtual K-8 programs, Julie Alspach has experience in innovative educational environments. She is currently a Google Glass Explorer since 2013. Technology and innovation that promote student learning are her passions. She is also a mentor for Rochester Adams F.I.R.S.T. completive robotics team.
Julie Alspach is a graduate of Oakland University with a Masters in Special Education. She is currently completing her Education Specialist at OU.  She is a certified elementary and secondary teacher.

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. 
Nawal Abbas
Nawal Abbas has been working in higher education for over ten years. In the last five years she has directed the ESL and Writing Proficiency Programs at Lawrence Tech University. Technology and language learning have been the focus of her research for her PHD program at Wayne State University where she is currently working on her Dissertation. 

Chris Richards and Chris Shaltry
Chris Richards and Chris Shaltry, Instructional Designers in the eLearning Department at Lansing Community College, provide faculty and student support for the course management system (CMS). The eLearning Department serves over 13,000 students and 2,000 faculty by providing CMS technical and design support, instructional materials development, and through the facilitation of training and workshops for the CMS. 

Chris Richards’ areas of interest include creation of personalized instructor-driven media, increasing opportunities for engagement in online learning environments, and mobile learning technologies. 

Chris Shaltry’s areas of interest include instructor use of social media in the development of professional learning communities, TPACK in elearning environments.

Andrew Steinman
Andrew Steinman is an educational technology consultant for Kent ISD, an online teacher for the REMC’s Blended Learning in the Classroom project, and an online instructor for MSU’s Educational Technology Certificate program. As a biology and IB biology teacher, he focused on increasing student engagement and achievement through technology integration. Andrew shared his research and practices with colleagues and encouraged them to incorporate new ideas and strategies in their classrooms. Andrew's passion for working with teachers and technology drove him into his current positions where he facilitates face-to-face, blended, and online professional learning experiences, and consults on instructional technology initiatives. He also presents at conferences and workshops across the state sharing his passion for improving education through technology integration and blended instruction.

Poster Sessions-Room 126-127
Subramanium Ganesan
Dr. Subramaniam Ganesan, is a Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA. He has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in Digital systems. He was the chair of the CSE department from 1991 to 98. More details about him can be obtained from the web address: His research interests are in Real time system, parallel architectures and computer systems for Machine intelligence, Mobile computing, fuzzy logic and signal processing. He holds patents in embedded system applications. 
Erik Bean 
Erik Bean, Ed.D. has served as an English department chair, school dean, associate professor of English, curriculum developer, online instructor, and has taught English composition for more than 15 years. He is a motivational speaker and author of a popular Web 2.0 blog where he reviews websites, social media, and often reports on education, security, and technology issues. Erik is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE) and NTCE. 
Emily Waszak
Emily Waszak is an accomplished creative writing and English composition teacher and author of self-help and children’s books. Her contributions provide a valuable link between Common Core creative and fictional writing expectations where high school students need to understand key writing components such as setting, time, and character development. Emily  has worked in a variety of communication arenas. She also is a motivational speaker and has conducted writing workshops for middle and high school students in the suburban Detroit, Michigan area where she resides.  
Jon Oaks
Jon Oaks has been teaching at Macomb Community College's South Campus since 2011.  Jon has a Bachelor's in Applied Mathematics from Ferris State University and a Master's in Statistics from Oakland University.  Jon also is active in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) as the Professional Development Coordinator and was a member of their Project ACCCESS Cohort 9. 
Cynthia Sifonis 
Cynthia Sifonis is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at Oakland University. Over the last ten years, she has taught a variety of courses including Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, and Creativity & Innovation. She enjoys using technological innovations to enhance student learning whether those students are enrolled in her classes or are strangers looking for information online. Consequently, she make her lectures available using a variety of online technologies including her website, Moodle, Second Life and iTunesU.