Day 1 Speakers

Kim Scalzo & Larry Dugan

Kim Scalzo, Open SUNY  & Larry Dugan, MCC

Kim Scalzo is the executive director of Open SUNY. Larry Dugan is the chair of the Open SUNY advisory board and director or instructional technologies at Monroe Community College (MCC).

Presentation: Envisioning the Future of Open SUNY




Kristyn Muller, OS Impact Analyst

Kristyn Muller is the impact analyst for Open SUNY (OS) within SUNY System Administration. In this role, she evaluates the effectiveness of Open SUNY’s services, analyzes how online learning impacts SUNY’s overall goals, and develops ways to share data to inform the continuous improvement of SUNY’s online learning practices. Kristyn was previously the Assistant Director of Residential Life for University Apartments at the University at Albany where she was very involved in assessment initiatives on campus. She served as the part-time Assessment & Data Analyst for the Division of Student Affairs and coordinated the strategic planning process for division. Kristyn is completing her Ph.D. in Education Policy & Leadership at the University at Albany and currently working on her dissertation.

Presentation: National Data, SUNY Trends, and Campus Reality: What Does Our Data Tell Us?


Peter Shea

Peter Shea, Associate Provost for Online Learning

Peter Shea is an associate professor in the department of Educational Theory and Practice with a joint appointment in the Informatics Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Peter is also Associate Provost for Online Learning and provides leadership and strategy for digital education in collaboration with academic, administrative, and support units across the University at Albany.  His research focuses on technology-mediated teaching and learning in higher education, the development of communities of online learners, and student success is online education. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topic of online learning and co-author of “The Successful Distance Learning Student”. He is a co-recipient of several national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning for the State University of New York, and Sloan Consortium Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Asynchronous Learning Networks Programs, and was named a Sloan-C Research Fellow in 2011. 

Presentation: Online Course Enrollment and Degree Completion: The Tipping Point


MaryLou Forward, Director, SUNY COIL Center

Mary Lou Forward is the director of the SUNY COIL Center. She was the executive director of the Open Education Consortium, a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on teaching and learning. From 2000-2009, Mary Lou served as academic dean of African Studies for SIT Study Abroad. In that role, she provided academic and strategic leadership for 29 undergraduate study abroad programs across Africa, leading SIT’s incorporation of technology and distance learning in international programming and developing innovative opportunities to collaborate across countries and between diverse student groups. Mary Lou has also served in other faculty and educational administration roles, including teaching Environmental Studies in Madagascar.

In her new role Mary Lou will provide strategic leadership and will be the public voice about collaborative online international learning at SUNY.

Presentation: Globally Networked Learning through Virtual Exchange


Open SUNY Effective Practices Recognition and Panel

Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors Recognition

Day 2 Speakers

Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten, Senior Scientist & Director

Tanya Joosten is a senior scientist, the director of Digital Learning Research and Development, and co-PI and co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts on campus, across the UW System, and nationally, as an advisor to the Provost, a member of the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, and a member of several national boards and committees.

Currently, Dr. Joosten leads a national research initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education working to provide access to research models and methods, facilitating innovate processes of data collection, and encouraging the replication of research across institutions through the DETA Research Toolkit to identify key instructional and institutional factors that influence student success with particular attention to underrepresented students.

Presentation: Tanya Joosten


Robert V. Steiner

Robert V. Steiner, Director, Online Teacher Education Programs

Robert V. Steiner, directs online teacher education programs at the American Museum of Natural History, including its signature Seminars on Science program (http://learn.amnh.org). His focus is on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of accessible, innovative and effective online and blended programs. The Museum’s partnerships with higher education institutions and other organizations have provided cutting-edge science to over 6,000 teachers across the United States and around the world during the past decade. Dr. Steiner has published and presented widely on online science education at both the national and international level. Dr. Steiner also teaches at both the City University of New York and Columbia Teachers College.  He is passionate about the purposeful use of educational technologies. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 scientific publications.


Presentation: Robert V. Steiner: Online and Blended Science Education from the American Museum of Natural History 


Jesse Stommel

Jesse Stommel, Executive Director

Jesse Stommel is executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington. He is also Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about digital pedagogy, film, and new media. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and works in his research and teaching to emphasize new forms of collaboration. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, and two clever cats, Loki and Odin.

Presentation: Jesse Stommel: Open Pedagogy: How to Build More Compassionate Spaces for Online Learning


John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion

John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion

Keynote Address:  John Seely Brown







Amy Collier

Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning

Amy Collier is the associate provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College, where she provides strategic vision and leadership to position Middlebury as a leading innovator in creating and sustaining a global learning community through the effective use of digital pedagogies and technologies. Working closely with the provost, other associate provosts, and the deans/VPAAs who oversee Middlebury programs, Amy identifies and pursues opportunities for Middlebury to create online and hybrid/blended courses and programs that meet the highest standards of academic integrity and pedagogical innovation; enable Middlebury to leverage its intellectual and pedagogical resources, within and across locations of the institution; connect diverse Middlebury programs with each other; and enrich the experience of current and potential Middlebury learners, from undergraduates and graduate students earning Middlebury degrees to a global community of alumni and professionals.

Prior to this, Amy was the senior director for inspiration and outreach in the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPOL) at Stanford University. She oversaw online and blended course design and teaching initiatives and conducts research to inform effective practices across the University and was a strong advocate and resource within the VPOL for evidence-based instructional improvement, strategy, and planning. Before Stanford, Amy was the director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University where her team implemented nationally-recognized faculty development programs for online learning and learning space redesign. Through her graduate studies in social sciences and more than 10 years working in faculty development, Amy has been an advocate for learners and teachers across a variety of educational institutions, from community-based service organizations to large public broad-access universities.

Presentation: Amy Collier: Critical Digital Fluency: Agency and Activism in Today’s Polluted Digital World


Day 3 Speakers

NUTN Leadership & Mentoring:  Leadership Panel


Russell Poulin

Russell Poulin, Director of Policy & Analysis, WCET

Russell Poulin is the director of policy and analysis for WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, which is a national organization focused on the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Russ directs WCET’s state and national policy efforts, research activities, and supports multi-institution consortial partnerships to improve practices. In 2014, Russ represented the distance education community on the Department of Education’s program integrity negotiated rule-making team.


NUTN Engagement: Mentoring and Networking

Break-out groups:

  1. Supporting and catalyzing innovation in online education. (Kevin Bell)
  2. Entrepreneurship and partnerships. (Justin Louder)
  3. Policy, compliance, planning, and financial models. (Russ Poulin)



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