Michael Berman, Deputy CIO & Chief Innovation Officer, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Michael Berman is the Deputy CIO & Chief Innovation Officer at CSU Chancellor's Office ITS. He also holds a faculty appointment and teaches in the Computer Science and Information Technology programs. In past years he has been the senior technology administrator at three other universities. Michael chairs the Board of Trustees of NMC and has participated in the advisory committee for the NMC Horizon Reports on Higher Education since 2009. He was the co-founder in 2010 of EduSoCal, a regional conference that brings together more than 200 participants annually. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and he has been a faculty member, a software developer, a systems administrator and a textbook author.
Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Digital Learning, University of Central Florida
Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Vice Provost for Digital Learning at the University of Central Florida. In this role, he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation’s 2nd largest university. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. He has served on a number of state and national educational technology advisory boards. His research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS)
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). In this role, Dr. Czarapata is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of technology across the system. KCTCS is comprised of 16 colleges and over 70 locations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He will be the first to tell you he is blessed to have a talented group of people with great ideas surrounding him and the intestinal fortitude to see them through at KCTCS. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Paul came to KCTCS in 1999 after working for PeopleSoft, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and three small software consulting firms. Before coming to the IMS Board of Directors Paul served on the Higher Education User Group Board of Directors for three years.
Paul earned his education degrees at Northern Illinois University (Bachelor’s in Operations Management & Information Systems) and Morehead State University (MBA and Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership). He lives in Versailles, KY with his wife Melissa and son Alex. Paul is involved in several national and local organizations, but has a special place in his heart for little league baseball.
Andrea Deau, Information Technology Director, University of Wisconsin Extension
Andrea Deau is currently the Information Technology Director at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL) focusing on growing an IT organization to support competency based education through the UW Flexible Option. Her additional responsibilities include developing and maintaining the technology services and infrastructure such as Salesforce, a newly implemented student engagement system required to support new and existing online degrees for non-traditional students. CEOEL offers undergraduate and graduate online degree program in collaboration with UW System partner campuses. Prior to the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Andrea served as the director of academic technology services at Madison Area Technical College (now Madison College) where she managed enterprise learning technologies, mobile and collaboration systems, and learning space technology support. In addition to her technical college experience, she served as the WiscNet (Wisconsin's Research & Education Network) education technology liaison where she directed WiscNet marketing and communication activities and worked to build community among member institutions. Andrea has also been a technology director in a K-12 school district and has taught courses in computer applications and foreign languages in both middle and high schools. Andrea has an M.S. in Education Leadership and Administration from Marian University, and a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sean DeMonner, Executive Director, ITS Teaching & Learning, University of Michigan
Sean DeMonner has worked in the technology field for over 20 years in settings ranging from universities to commercial startups to established publicly-traded corporations. His professional experience includes functional management, organizational development, strategic planning, product development, and project and portfolio management. His broad technical background spans general IT applicationsand infrastructure, web and multimedia design and development, and delivery of related services.
Mr. DeMonner is currently responsible for enterprise academic technology and directs the Teaching & Learning organization for the University of Michigan’s Information Technology Services division. He holds a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.
Elias Eldayrie, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Florida
Elias Eldayrie currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Florida. He is responsible for the strategic planning and development of Information Technology (IT) at UF including all policies, staff management and organizational development, central IT operations, and administration of all enterprise computing systems. The University of Florida has become the first Florida school to break into the list of top 10 best public universities, coming in at No. 9, 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
Mr. Eldayrie served as chair of Florida LambdaRail (FLR), a member of the EDUCAUSE Information Technology Governance Risk and Compliance Program (IT-GRC), member of the Program Committee for EDUCAUSE, a member of the Internet2 High Performance & Research Computing Program Advisory Group (HRPC-PAG), and serves on the Board of Unizin. Mr. Eldayrie received a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA, both from the University at Buffalo.
Jason Fish, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, Purdue University
Jason Fish is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at Purdue University where he is responsible for providing leadership in technology initiatives that support instruction. He holds a BA in Computer Technology, an MBA, and his currently pursuing his PhD. The work of his group has been featured by the New York Times, CNET, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Stephen Gance, Policy Associate - eLearning & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical coordinates and directs the Washington state system of 34 public community and technical colleges.
Dr. Steve Gance is a member of the elearning and Open Education at the State Board, located in Olympia, WA. The group identifies and promotes innovative strategies in eLearning and Open Education and manages system-wide grants and contracts for multiple educational technologies. He is involved in competency-based education, open badges, accessibility and technology standards.
Steve earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. He has over 20 years experience in higher education and 15 years experience in the software industry.
David Goodrum, Ed.D., Director of Academic Technology, Information Services, Oregon State University
At Oregon State University, David Goodrum serves as Director of Academic Technology for Information Services, the central IT organization. Academic Technology's mission is to enrich OSU's academic ecosystem, enable innovative pedagogy and information sharing through effective use of technology, and enhance the student experience.
In a prior position at Indiana University, David Goodrum served as director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for University Information Technology Services. Goodrum has been involved in conducting pilot evaluations and functional analysis of multiple learning management systems and related collaboration and media management tools.
David received his B.A. degrees in English and German, M.A.T. in German Languages, and Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. His dissertation is available at the permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2022/20909
-- Relative Utility of Three Models for User Evaluations of Learning Managements Systems: A Higher-Ed Institution Decision Context.
Matthew Gunkel, Director of Teaching and Learning Technology, Indiana University
At Indiana University, Matthew Gunkel serves as Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, as part of the central IT organization (UITS). UITS's mission is to enrich IU's academic ecosystem, enable innovative pedagogy and information sharing through the effective use of technology, and enhance the student experience. Learning Technology is comprised of services related to the learning platform, accessibility, media production, system administration, support of students and faculty producing and presenting academic work, and supporting Indiana Universities teaching and learning community in the uses of educational technology through research, development, training, and assessment.
Avi Hyman, EdD, Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies, University of Toronto
Avi Hyman is the University of Toronto's Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies. He is an anthropologist with a doctoral degree from OISE, who has, for the past couple of decades, been fortunate to have positions which have allowed him to think both strategically about technology in higher education, and actualize ideas on an operational day-to-day level.
He is cross-appointed to the university’s Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (the faculty development centre), and the university’s Information Technology Services division (Office of the CIO). He also acts as an “ambassador” of sorts between central IT and the University’s Library System. Avi is an unabashed advocate of a standards-based approach to higher education technologies, and the philosophy of open access / open source learning. His landing page is http://uoft.me/avi
Dale Johnson, Adaptive Program Manager, Arizona State University
Dale manages the adaptive general education program for EdPlus at ASU. He works closely with faculty, staff and vendors to develop and implement adaptive courseware that will help improve the student success rate in key introductory courses. Dale studied architecture at ASU and public policy at Harvard, a learning path that combined his interests in design, engineering, history, and policy. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and building: he’s traveled to more than 30 countries, lived in Barcelona for a year, and built his own solar home in Phoenix.
Dave Johnson, Director of Research & Analytics, Colorado State University Online
Dave Johnson is the Director of Research & Analytics at Colorado State University Online where he and his team support assessment and educational research at CSU. He directs IT, applications support, web and software development, analytics, and instructional design for CSU Online. And, he serves as the functional lead for building learning analytics capacity across the institution. Dave has a decade of experience teaching all levels of undergraduate education, from freshman to seniors, and he employs his background in research and teaching support CSU’s goals and mission as a research and teaching-focused land grant university.
Linda Jorn, Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of IT Director of Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin
Linda Jorn, serves as the Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Director of Academic Technology, at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Linda works with campus leaders to set campus strategic priorities around educational innovation. She is committed to using an interdisciplinary approach to design efficient, yet flexible organizational structures and teams that can quickly respond to transformational changes. She has served on over forty higher education and national educational technology committees, published and presented about the impact of technology on teaching and learning with over 120 presentations, 19 grants, and 19 publications.
Vince Kellen, Ph.D.
, Chief Information Officer
, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Vince Kellen currently serves as the chief information officer for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as well as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, and vice chancellor and chief financial officer's senior management team. UCSD is recognized as a top 15 university world-wide and 7th best public university in the world, with over $1 billion in annual research funding, 34,000 students, 16 Nobel laureates who have taught on its campus and 161 faculty with national Academy memberships.
Dr. Kellen brings a rare combination of academic, business and IT strategy experience to his role, with a focus on transformational leadership within IT, applying leading edge approaches to current business challenges. His twenty-five years of executive-level information technology experience offers a proven track record of successfully integrating innovative applications of information technology into all aspects of teaching, learning, and student success. These innovations have resulted in markedly improved efficiencies and enhanced learning environments, as well as fruitful, collaborative relationships with researchers, faculty, staff, and students across all levels of higher education and the world.
Dr. Kellen formerly served as the senior vice provost of Analytics and Technologies for the University of Kentucky, one of the top public research institutions and academic medical centers in the US., where his areas of responsibility included institutional research and analytics, enterprise software, research computing, academic technology, IT infrastructure and cloud services, and supporting the university’s 17 colleges, 30,000 students, and 14,000 faculty and staff. Prior to that role, he held the position of chief information officer for three years.
He earned his Ph.D. in computer science (human-computer interaction), an M.S. degree in e-commerce, and a B.A. degree in communications from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Judy Komar, Vice President of Educational Technology, Colorado Technical University
Judy Komar is Vice President of Educational Technology for Colorado Technical University. She is responsible for providing innovative technology solutions for CTU students, developing content for more than 300 new courses annually and facilitating and integrating educational technologies for all CTU campuses. She also facilitates program development, academic requests, and institutional growth, as well as the continuous improvement of the online and blended student experience and environment.
Judy has been an integral part in the development of the award-winning “virtual campus” technologies. Judy has also been an integral part of the development of numerous self-published textbooks which are used by thousands of students. Most recently, Judy has been working with the IT and Academic Teams to design a new Adaptive Learning Platform for students through the creation of Learning Maps powered by Learning Analytics. Cumulative enrollments in the system of over 450,000 students with 150 learning maps, this Adaptive Learning Platform implementation showcases Adaptive Learning in action.
Prior to joining Colorado Technical University, Judy worked in the areas of Academics, Instructional Technology, Consulting, and Curriculum Development. Notable is her number of years in the Academic and Educational Technology field and the experience it brings to her present position.
Mary-Ellen Kreher, Director, Course Design and Development, Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, University of California Office of the President
Mary-Ellen Kreher has more than 30 years experience in K-12 and Higher Education, including teaching and curriculum design, educational software and learning aps development, learning management and student information systems, and online education. In her 30-year career working with learning institutions, education companies, and publishers, Mary-Ellen has led many innovative product initiatives aimed at increasing access to learning and student success. She joined the University of California’s Office of the President in 2012 to lead online course design and academic technology development. Through the Provost’s Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, Mary-Ellen now oversees a cross-campus effort to build online courses and develop the underlying systems and technologies that enable students across the UC system to enroll in and take these courses online.
Patrick Laughran, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer, Framingham State University
Patrick Laughran has over a decade of diverse experience within Higher Education, including senior administration positions at both private and public institutions, as well as two stints as founding Chief Technology Officer for companies within online media and e-learning industries. He is also an instructor for an online MBA program, teaching courses on strategies for information resource management and enterprise growth through innovation. Mr. Laughran holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and B.S.B.A. from Northeastern University. He is currently Chief Information Officer at Framingham State University with responsibility for the oversight of all information technology and services, including educational technology and distance education support.
Renee Pfeifer-Luckett, Director, Learning Technology Development, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Renee Pfeifer-Luckett is the Director, Learning Technology Development for the University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) which she joined in 2014. Renee is responsible for systemwide learning technologies and is currently leading a systemwide project to transform the system's digital learning environment (see: https://www.wisconsin.edu/dle/). Prior to joining UWSA, Renee was with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, first as a full-time Lecturer in Marketing teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online/blended course formats, and then she joined the institution’s Central IT group as Director, responsible for campus learning and classroom technologies, as well as IT training. Recognized in 2009 as the recipient of the UW-Whitewater Academic Staff Excellence Award for Instructional Staff for her contributions to students and to the community, she is also the recipient of a 2012 EDUCAUSE Jane N. Ryland Fellowship. Prior to her career in higher education, Renee enjoyed more than 15 years of business experience working for public and private companies including Heidrick & Struggles, Arthur Andersen, and Arrow Companies. She holds an MBA with a dual emphasis in marketing and technology & training, and a BA in French.
John Rome, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University
John Rome is the Deputy Chief Information Officer and a 20+ year employee of Arizona State University. His career started at ASU in the University Technology Office (UTO) and he has worked closely with a variety of departments including: Data Administration, Institutional Research, the President's Office, Budget Department, and the Provost Office.
John has led ASU's Data Administration, UTO's Business Intelligence (BI), UTO's Application Development and ERP Systems (PeopleSoft), and UTO's Academic Technologies. John is a pioneer of data warehousing/BI in higher education, building ASU's first Data Warehouse around 1992. He also introduced dashboards to ASU in 2006. John has coached higher education institutions and industry on best practices, including the strategic importance of Bl. He is frequently asked to speak on the topic of analytics.
Mr. Rome has focused the last six years on dashboards/design/academic analytics and most recently, big data. As part of his role in UTO, John focuses his attention on architecting IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practice framework. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clarke University (Iowa) and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Marianne Schroeder, Senior Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies, The University of British Columbia
Marianne Schroeder is responsible for teaching and learning technologies at the University of British Columbia, including learning application development, integrations into the ecosystem, course development and analysis of learning data.
Gregory A. Sedrick, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs & TN eCampus, Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Sedrick thirty-four year career bridges industry and academia, with a focus on technology-based economic development and technical workforce development. He currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents.
His duties include:
- TN eCampus (formerly RODP, ROCC) – Collaboration of 6 universities, 13 community colleges, and 27 technical colleges delivering on-line degrees, courses, and certifications across Tennessee.
- Promotion and Tenure – Review for recommendation to Regents for annual approval.
- Certification/Badging- Create new system-wide certification stacking within program offerings.
- Workforce Development- Create and manage clinical opportunities through the 9 TBR academic foci career paths. One example www.ready2teach.org.
- Course Revitalization- Lead and manage redesign of curriculum with latest teaching strategies and technology.
- Critical Conversations- Utilizing social media to collect and distribute TEDx like messages from Tennessee Board of Regents Chairs of Excellence across the system.
- STEM- Focused effort to monitor and assist in meeting Tennessee’s workforce need for scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
Peter Soderquist, Sr. Manager, Academic & Instructional Technology, University of Phoenix
With over 10 years of experience in managing digital content and products, Peter currently serves as the Sr. Manager of Instructional Technology at the University of Phoenix. In this role, he manages the use of learning technology and third party courseware and content at the University of Phoenix. In addition to that role, Peter also provides strategic leadership on the institution’s use of interoperability standards to drive improved student experiences through integration and as well as broader access to engagement data and outcomes from content partners. He has also overseen the transition to LTI of over 97% of the integrated courseware products currently used by the institution. Peter has a B.S. in Business with a focus on information technology as well as a Master of Information Systems.
Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director for Teaching and Learning Technology, Penn State University
Jennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) at Penn State. TLT works to help PSU faculty take advantage of information technology to enrich the educational experiences of their students and to champion the creative and innovative uses of technology for teaching, learning, and research.
She was previously Senior Director of Networked Knowledge Ventures and Emerging Technologies at Virginia Tech. For more than 15 years, she has championed the use of technology to engage students in the learning process. She has a passion for working with faculty to explore new technologies and their potential implementations in teaching and learning. She loves working with faculty who are willing to push the boundaries of the leading edge of technology in teaching, learning, and research. Her current projects involve the convergence of technologies and learning spaces to create interactive and engaged learning opportunities. Jennifer's conversations around technology focuses on increasing digital fluency for students, faculty, and life-long learners.
Jenn Stringer, Chief Academic Technology Officer & Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley
Jenn Stringer is responsible for the strategic direction of academic computing on the campus and for services that support classroom technologies and video capture and production, faculty instructional technology support, the campus LMS and student portal, and student computing. Prior to Berkeley she has been Director for Academic Technology Services at New York University and Director of Educational Technology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has worked in libraries and the educational research arena since 1989. She has managed public services and computers labs in libraries and educational technology grants supporting medical education and designed unique learning spaces that support collaborative teaching and learning activities. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in History and completed her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Jack Suess, Chairman of the Board, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Mr. John "Jack" Suess is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As Vice President, he provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on the executive leadership team of the university. He is responsible for providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, he is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.
Since 2000, Mr. Suess has been very active nationally in the areas of cybersecurity, identity management, analytics, and cloud computing and has served in a number of national information technology leadership activities with EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon. His recent activities include participating in the Internet2 Board of Directors (2010-2013), InCommon (2009-Present), Internet2 Council and Program Advisory Committees (2008-Present), ECAR Strategies Working Group (2013-Present), Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) (2000-Present, Chair 2003-2006), REN-ISAC Executive Advisory Group (2006-2013), Center for Higher Education CIO Studies (CHECS) (2013-Present), and the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC) (2012-Present).
Nick Thompson, Assistant Director, Common Collaborative Learning Environment, UCLA
For the past 10 years, Nick Thompson has held various leadership roles at UCLA enhancing the educational technologies for its students and faculty. He is currently responsible for managing the Common Collaborative Learning Environment which consists of an open source Learning Management System at its core and a suite of related educational technologies. Nick played an instrumental role at UCLA unifying the various tools and systems into a single platform used throughout the campus. A California native, Nick graduated from California State University, Fresno. With a background in software engineering, prior to joining UCLA, he worked in the computer game industry for before turning to the educational space.
Nick White, Director of Competency Based Learning Solution, Capella University
Nick White is the Director of Competency Based Learning Solution at Capella University. Nick’s constant goal is to find ways to make learning more effective and efficient for adult learners through innovative design practices and the smart use of technology. He leads a diverse team of designers and technologists that work collaboratively with faculty members to design exceptional online programs and courses; among the most noteworthy achievements of the team has been the Flexpath direct assessment approach, which comprises one of the largest and most advanced examples in this very promising category. Nick has a master's degree in instructional design, is an award-winning instructional designer and administrator, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.