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Learning Impact 2007 and the Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia the 16th - 19th April 2007 at the Westin Bayshore.

Learning Impact 2007 (formerly alt-i-lab) is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference that brings together creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to evaluate demonstrations, exchange technology, and participate in working sessions focused on real-world interoperability, strategies maximizing the impact of learning technology, and critical examination of state of the art technology.

The Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges is a gathering of industry leaders to introduce and debate ideas on on issues impacting the growth of learning worldwide. This is a unique and highly direct conversation for the purpose of illuminating the key business challenges facing the learning industry. The Summit is facilitated by a focused set of highly interactive panel sessions with audience participation.

Nicholas AllenDr. Nicholas H. Allen, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, University of Maryland University College

Nicholas H. Allen is provost of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He recently served as interim president of the university, following the resignation of Gerald A. Heeger in August 2005 until the start of Susan C. Aldridge's tenure in February 2006. Dr. Allen joined UMUC's Graduate School of Management Studies in 1987 as a senior faculty member and director of General Management and Executive Programs. In 1991, he became dean of the Graduate School and saw it emerge as one of the largest schools of management on the east coast with more than 7,000 graduate students. During his tenure as UMUC's chief academic officer, a position to which he was appointed in 1998, Dr. Allen has provided leadership and strategic direction to UMUC's academic units.

Allen has overseen UMUC's emergence as one of the world's largest virtual universities with online enrollments reaching more than 140,000 in FY 2005.

Prior to coming to UMUC, Dr. Allen served 23 years with the U.S. Coast Guard where, among other assignments, he commanded two cutters and served as a program manager at the Coast Guard Institute, responsible for professional qualification courses and service-wide promotion examinations for the Coast Guard enlisted workforce.

He received his BS degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, and MPA and DPA degrees from the George Washington University.

Dan DevineDaniel J. Devine, CEO, Compass Knowledge Group

As Chairman of the Board and CEO of Compass Knowledge Group, Dan Devine is responsible for charting the Company's strategic plan and leveraging the company's assets, student base, brand strength and operational capabilities. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Compass from 1995 to 2003, and continues to oversee the day-to-day operations of Compass and its subsidiaries. When Mr. Devine co-founded Compass, distance learning was in its infancy comprised mostly of correspondence courses and teleconferences at regional sites. Through continued trial and research, Devine and the team at Compass developed an extremely effective distance learning model that has resulted in successful distance learning programs at well respected colleges and universities across the country.

Before Mr. Devine began charting his own course as an entrepreneur at Compass, he was employed for nearly 10 years by Harris Corporation where he held several positions in engineering and business development. In 1993, Mr. Devine's entrepreneurial aspirations led him to successful consulting work with Harris and several other companies.

Mr. Devine's strong ties to his alma mater, the University of Florida where he earned his BS in Electrical Engineering, helped chart the course for Compass. In 1996, Compass began working with the University of Florida to help develop the Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy (WPPD) program. The partnership continues to this day, and in 2006 Compass and UF celebrated the 1,000th graduate of the program.

In addition to his degree from the University of Florida, Mr. Devine completed Stanford University's Executive Program for Growing Companies. Mr. Devine currently sits on the University of Florida's College of Pharmacy Advisory Board and College of Public Health and Health Professions Advisory Board. He resides in Windermere, Florida with his wife, Jacqueline, and their four children.

Sebastian Vos,Vice President of eEducation, Elsevier

Sebastian Vos is the Vice President of e-Education for Health Sciences Division of Elsevier. The Health Sciences Division is a $1 billions global publisher of books, journals, and on-line resources for physicians and healthcare practitioners and students. Sebastian has responsibility for academic e-learning within the health sciences markets. Prior to this, Sebastian was the Vice President of Strategy and Development for the Health Sciences Division.

Prior to joining Elsevier, Sebastian was a Managing Director at Handshake Dynamics, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in Media strategy. Prior to that, he was a Principal Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Information, Communications, and Entertainment Corporate Strategy Practice. He was also an Internal Consultant for The Timberland Company, and before that an Internal Auditor for Group Bull. Sebastian received his M.B.A. with Honors from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and a B.S.B.A. from Boston University in Finance and Marketing.

Bernard LuskinDr. Bernard Luskin, Executive Vice President, Fielding Graduate University, Director, Media Psychology Program

Dr. Bernard Luskin has had distinguished careers in commerce, education, entertainment and psychology. University Business Magazine selected him as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is a licensed psychotherapist, with Degrees in Business and a UCLA Doctorate in Education, Psychology and Technology. Bernie Luskin has been president and CEO of divisions of major Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, PolyGram New Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, including Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored bestseller economics, technology and education books, television series and CDs. He is credited in working with Paramount, for putting the first 50 movies on CD in MPEG format, leading to DVD. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business, and led the standards team that developed specifications for CDi and CDRom, in addition to working on standards features of MPEG full motion video and recordable CD. While president of Philips Interactive Media, he spearheaded breakthroughs in many areas in CD. This included the first Sesame Street CD, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias, Golf, Art, Children's and reference CDs, including games, and the first interactive movie on CD, entitled Voyer, starring Robert Culp.

Luskin is presently Executive Vice President, Professor and Director of the Media Psychology Program at the Fielding Graduate University, www.Fielding.edu., and is now leading the way by launching the first Ph.D program applying psychology to media. Luskin is also Chairman and CEO of Luskin International, chairman of the advisory board of iMedia-International, inc., which owns Hollywood Previews, placing CD Movie discs in newspapers, and he is on the boards of directors of the Media Psychology Division and Society of Consulting Psychologists of the American Psychological Association. As a former college and university president, he is founding president of Coastline Community College, including KOCE, TV in Orange County California, Orange Coast College and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first fully accredited, fully web based university. He is credited with putting the first computer in a community college. Luskin has received two Emmys, in addition to distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles, The University of Florida, and he received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for contributions to education and digital media.

Ted DoddsTed Dodds, Associate Vice President for Information Technology (CIO), University of British Columbia

Ted is the CIO and AVP, InformationTechnology, at the University of BC, a position he has held since 1997. Prior to that, he held IT management positions at two Ontario universities, and in the private sector, spanning a period of over twenty years.

His responsibilities include institutional IT strategy and services within a highly decentralized campus environment. In that capacity, he is spearheading UBC’s e-Strategy, a framework that seeks to align UBC’s information technology initiatives with the University’s strategic goals (www.e-Strategy.ubc.ca). He sponsored the University Networking Program (UNP), a $30 million capital project to install or upgrade 20,000 high-speed connections and establish a campus-wide wireless data network.

Ted is a Board member with the following organizations and past Chair of both BCNET and CANARIE:

  • BCNET: British Columbia’s first Internetworking society focusing on the development of advanced networks to further health, education and research initiatives in the province.
  • CANARIE: Canada's advanced Internet development organization. CANARIE's mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced Internet development and use by facilitating the widespread adoption of faster, more efficient networks and by enabling the next generation of advanced products, applications and services to run on them.
  • Java Architectures Special Interest Group (JA-SIG): an international consortium of universities that develops and shares open-source applications.
He has an MBA (Windsor, 1996) and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Psychology (Guelph 1987).

Paul ClarkDr. Paul Clark, Pro-Vice-Chancellor,(Learning and Teaching) The Open University

Dr Paul Clark is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at The Open University. Dr Clark was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from 1999 to 2002. Canadian by birth, he obtained his first degree in Engineering Physics at McGill University, Montreal and his PhD in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary (and Westfield) College of the University of London. He has been on the academic staff of the University of Birmingham and the UK Open University, where he was Dean of the Science Faculty from 1988 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he held the appointment of Director of Quality Assessment for the Higher Education Funding Council for England where he led the programme of assessment of the quality of teaching and learning in 23 subjects across 150 higher education institutions.

From September 1996 to March 1999, Dr Clark held the post of Director of Teaching and Learning for the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, where his responsibilities included the planning and delivery of funding initiatives to improve the processes of teaching and learning in higher education, especially those using communications and information technology. Dr Clark also holds the position of Visiting Professor in Educational Development at the University of Abertay - Dundee.

Dr.LendoDr. Arthur J. Lendo, President and Professor of Management, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Arthur J. Lendo has been President and Professor of Management, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA since 1991. His 15 year tenure places him among the most experienced (top 10%) college presidents in the country. He shepherded the College through a charter change from two-year to baccalaureate status; established the successful Peirce Corporate College; and created the acclaimed Peirce Online which offers accredited degrees completely online. The College is now an international institution with degree-seeking students enrolled from 43 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 30 foreign countries.

President Arthur J. Lendo has received numerous awards during his 38-year career. Dr. Arthur J. Lendo holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, M.Ed. from The American University and Ph.D. from Boston College as well as certificates of advanced graduate study from Harvard University, The Aspen Institute, and Oxford.

His professional background includes administrative and faculty positions at The American University (DC), Boston College (MA), Northeastern University (MA), and Saint Joseph's University (PA) plus Fortune 500 technology experience with Sperry UNIVAC (now UNISYS). He presented a major policy paper at Oxford University in July 2004 regarding asynchronous online learning which received wide distribution.

Paul Peinovich Dr. Paula E. Peinovich, President and Provost, Walden University

Peinovich became the seventh president of Minneapolis-based Walden University in December 2003 after serving for nearly two years as executive vice president and provost. Before arriving at Walden, Peinovich served as vice president for academic affairs at Excelsior College. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in the distance-education doctoral programs at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and was the executive dean at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Mich.

Peinovich currently serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education, and from 2000 to 2003 she served on the council's Commission on Adult Learning and Educational Credentials. She also served on the Board of Directors of the University Continuing Education Association from 2003 to 2005, and as an institutional evaluator for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2004 and 2005. She is a former president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and consults with numerous educational advisory panels and task forces. Peinovich was a 2003 national examiner for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Baldridge National Quality Program. In 1995, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to England where she conducted research on how British universities create access for adult learners.

Peinovich received her Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. A native of south Minneapolis, she grew up in "Tangle Town" around Minnehaha Creek, and graduated from Washburn High School.

Photo of Joel Greenberg Joel Greenberg, Open University's Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions

Joel Greenberg is the Open University's Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba, an MSc in Control Engineering and a PhD in Numerical Mathematics from the University of Manchester. He joined the Open University in 1978, initially as a Software Designer developing educational software applications. He is currently directing the work of a team of media specialists and technical staff on a number of projects which continually reassess the design, development and delivery of learning media products. He is also responsible for key production and information systems activity which underpin both strategic developments and core media production.

He is directing a number of new initiatives as part of the University's growing use of its new virtual learning environment as a primary delivery medium. Current projects include the development of a new learning content management system for the Open University's learning and teaching materials, the new virtual learning environment built on open interoperability standards and the University's Open Content Initiative. He has written and published extensively about computer animation, multimedia developments and new learning and teaching models at the Open University and been invited to speak at a number of international conferences.

Photo of John Norman John Norman, Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies and 'Head of e-Learning', University of Cambridge and Sakai Board Chair

John is the Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies and 'Head of e-Learning' at the University of Cambridge. CARET provides infrastructure and support to the campus for the use of technology in teaching, learning and research, including the deployment of Sakai campus-wide. Prior to this he had experience as an engineer and medical devices entrepreneur on 3 continents. John chairs the advisory board for OSS-Watch and is an advocate for open standards and open source software in higher education.

Doug KelsallDoug Kelsall, President and Chief Operating Officer, eCollege

Doug Kelsall joined eCollege in 1999, and serves as president and COO. He leads both the eLearning and Enrollment Services operating divisions of eCollege, as well as the product engineering and technology (PET) function. Kelsall previously served as eCollege's executive vice president and CFO, where he was responsible for overseeing PET, professional services, account management, finance and administration. Additionally, Kelsall is a member of eCollege?s board of directors. He brings 25 years of financial and technology experience to the company through executive management positions with both public and private technology companies. Kelsall holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Mark NelsonDr. Mark R. Nelson,Digital Content Strategist, National Association of College Stores

Mark R. Nelson is digital content strategist for the National Association of College Stores (NACS). He joined NACS in 2005 in this newly created role which focuses on education in addition to strategy development and implementation. He is also a research fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR), where he has participated in their research agenda since 2003. Prior to joining NACS, Dr. Nelson was a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where he held a joint faculty appointment in the Lally School of Management and Technology, and the Information Technology Program in the School of Science. While at RPI he received awards in both teaching and research. Prior to RPI, Dr. Nelson worked as a senior higher education management consultant for a division of Renaissance Worldwide, and as Special Assistant to the President for Technology at Saint Michael's College. In the latter role, as part of a two-year commitment to his undergraduate alma matter, he helped define the CIO position and fulfilled many of those responsibilities prior to the formal creation of a CIO position. Earlier stages of his career included responsibilities and experiences that crossed the higher education environment in a range of technology-associated roles.

Dr. Nelson is currently an active presenter across the U.S. and Canada on a range of topics. His areas of expertise include digital content delivery, information technology (IT) leadership, innovation and emerging technologies, and technology management in higher education. He also has expertise in public sector technology management, large-scale IT project management, why IT projects fail, and how organizations and industries respond to technology-based change. Dr. Nelson earned his Ph.D. in Infomation Science and his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University at Albany, SUNY. He earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1998 for his work on cross-functional integration and the ability of IT departments to deliver solutions that meet organizational needs. He received his BS in Computer Science from Saint Michael's College in Vermont where he recently established a scholarship for students interested in studying management information systems or the application of technology to any other discipline.

Toru IiyoshiDr. Toru Iiyoshi,Senior Scholar, Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML), The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Toru Iiyoshi is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching [http://www.carnegiefoundation.org] where he serves as the director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML). At the Foundation, he leads research and development efforts that take advantage of emerging technologies to enable educational institutions, programs, and faculty to transform the knowledge implicit in effective practice into ideas, theories, and resources that can be shared widely to advance teaching and student learning. Dr. Iiyoshi also works with various national and international initiatives and organizations in an advisory role to provide vision and leadership in the development and diffusion of innovative use of technology in education. He is currently co-editing the Carnegie Foundation book, Opening Up Education (MIT Press) working with over two dozen accomplished leaders in the areas of open educational technology, open educational resources, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Iiyoshi also holds a visiting professor appointment at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.

As a learning scientist and educational technology researcher, Iiyoshi received the Outstanding Practice Award in Instructional Development and the Robert M. Gagne Award for Research in Instructional Design from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He holds a B.A. and a M.Ed. in educational technology from International Christian University in Tokyo and a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University.

Yamada Tsuneo Yamada,Professor and President's Advisor, NIME

Tsuneo Yamada is a President's Advisor and a professor of Research and Development Department, National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) and an Adjunct Professor of Department of Cyber Society and Culture, the Graduate School for Advanced Studies, Japan. His main research fields are Educational Technology, Learning Psychology, and Second Language Learning. He has been engaged both in the study on advanced use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in educational fields and in the development of various e-learning materials. Under the new project, his current interests are on the development and evaluation of learning objects, the strategies for their sharing and distribution, and their quality assurance. He is participating in Global Learning Object Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) Initiative from NIME. He is a member of the board of directors, Accreditation Council for Practical Abilities (ACPA).

ShennanJonathan Shennan,Manager, Enterprise Architecture, New Zealand Ministry of Education

Jonathan Shennan is the lead Enterprise Architect for the New Zealand Education Sector. As Senior Architect and Chair of the Education Sector Architects Group Jonathan is leading the sector in its collaborative efforts to co-ordinate and enhance the interoperability of its systems and processes. The sector has significant interoperability initiatives underway in the area of Identity management and information movement. These have a strong focus on developing a working model to enable the federated access to resources while maintaining the privacy of the individual.

Jonathan is a member of the Sector ICT Management Committee; the National Education Network Committee and the Advisory Committee for Kiwi Advanced Research Network (KAREN).

In addition the New Zealand Ministry of Education is a partner in the collaborative work associated with the E-Framework initiative. Other partners are JISC, United Kingdom, DEST, Australia and SURF, from the Netherlands.

Charles F. Leonhardt,Principal Technologist, Georgetown University

Charles F. Leonhardt is Georgetown University's Principal Technologist. In this role he is the primary advisor to the Vice President for Information Services and CIO, and the University administration, on technology issues. He is responsible for the University's strategy for the development and enhancement of Scholarly Information Services that directly support pedagogical and research activities at Georgetown. He has primary responsibility for the administration of the Federated Authentication and Authorization components of Project Sentinel, a major biosurveillance and bioterrorism research project sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. He actively seeks to increase Georgetown's role in other bioinformatics research initiatives. His work involves strategic and tactical planning for various University and UIS initiatives. In prior roles within UIS, Mr. Leonhardt played a key role in expanding the University's "directory-driven" computing services, promoting the use of Blackboard in teaching and learning, and advising the Enterprise groups. He created and managed the Information Access group responsible for building new technology-based services including the Enterprise Data Warehouse, Access+ (personalized web-based access to Georgetown's core business systems), an enterprise identity management system (NetID), and an e-commerce infrastructure. In 1999, Leonhardt led a cross-functional team to provide integrated authentication and email forwarding for hoyasonline, which earned Georgetown the 2000 Award for Exemplary Practices in Information Technology Solutions from EDUCAUSE. Mr. Leonhardt is Georgetown's primary liaision to external technical organizations and participates actively in the Common Solutions Group (CSG), Internet2, Gartner Group, CARS, EDUCAUSE, the Blackboard Product Advisory Board, the Sakai Project, JA-SIG/uPortal, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference on IT Management (AJCU-CITM). Mr. Leonhardt has an M.S. in Information Systems from American University and a Bachelor's in Economics and Philosophy from Georgetown. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown.

ThiersteinJoel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D.,Associate Provost, Rice University, Executive Director,Connexions

Dr. Joel Thierstein is Associate Provost for Innovative Scholarly Communication at Rice University and Executive Director of Connexions. Prior to coming to Rice, Dr. Thierstein served was an Associate Professor and Director of the New Media Communications at Oregon State University. He also served as the Director of Media Research for the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He also served as a professor at Baylor University, Purdue University Calumet, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dr. Thierstein served as a visiting professor of Communications Law at Syracuse University.

Dr. Thierstein has nearly 10 years of media experience. He has worked in radio, television, cable television, and newspaper. Dr. Thierstein has also worked with many companies and associations including Sony, the Pro-MPEG Consortium, and the National Association of Broadcasters.

Dr. Thierstein sits as a voting member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (the standards setting body for digital television). He began working with the ATSC in 1999 and has sat as a voting member since 2002.

Dr. Thierstein has written extensively in telecommunications. His books include Birds In Flight: Satellites In The New Millennium, 3rd ed. and Religion, Law and Freedom: A Global Perspective. He has presented numerous conference papers. He has also been quoted extensively by the press as an expert in telecommunications and has been an invited panelist and guest speaker on numerous occasions.

Dr. Thierstein has produced numerous high-definition video projects for such organizations as National Geographic and the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming World Finals.

Dr. Thierstein has a Ph.D. from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He has a J.D. from Syracuse University as well.

Dr. Thierstein has served as a Board member of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center since 2000 and has served as Board Chair since 2003. He has also worked extensively with the Conservation Centers for Species Survival.