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Intent to Include: Creating Connections in Online Education

Spring 2022

 

Designing online education with the intent to include all learners means embracing an instructional approach that builds relationships and strengthens engagement. From advancing educators’ tools, strategies, and supports to looking across an entire online educational environment – this micro-conference had a little something for everyone.

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SESSIONS:

 

dr. Isaac DixonKeynote: Dr. Isaac E. Dixon is an experienced human resource professional with a long tenure in the HR field. He served as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Portland State University and the AVP and Director of Human Resources at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to moving into the world of higher education, Isaac was employed in HR for organizations such as Providence Health and Services, GE Capital, Pitney Bowes Financial Services, and NIKE. He also served in human resources roles in federal, state, and local government agencies. Isaac received his BS degree in Business Administration at Warner Pacific College. He received his Master of Arts degree at Marylhurst University in Interdisciplinary Studies and his doctorate at Capella University in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.

He is an adjunct faculty member teaching HR-related subjects at both Portland State University. Isaac served on the board of directors of the College and University Professionals HR (CUPAHR) and the TIAA-CREF Advisory Council. He also served on the boards of the Society of Human Resources as well as the Human Resources Certification Institute. He also believes in community service having served on the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (appointed by the Governor), the City of Portland Fair Housing Committee (served as the chair), Board of Directors of the Urban League of Portland (2 terms as chair of the board), the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar Association (public member), and the Portland Community College Foundation Board. He lives in Portland with his wife Lauri and their menagerie of pets.

DEI and HR: An Alliance that Must Work for Online Educational Organizations

In many of our organizations, DEI and HR are often seen as competitors to time, talent, and resources. Nothing should be further from the truth. During this presentation, Dr. Isaac Dixon makes the case that DEI and HR have many shared interests and outcomes. Among these shared interests are diversity in recruitment, retention, advancement, and increasing cultural competency. Dr. Dixon will also discuss aligning these outcomes with your organization’s strategy, mission, vision, and values over the longer term. Strong alignment is particularly important for online educational organizations where transmitting organizational culture has additional challenges. This session is meant to be lively and interactive!

Effective Uses of Video in Online Learning

Even long before COVID-19, online educators have questioned how, if at all, they should incorporate video into their online courses. In this session, Patrick Lowenthal will share his experience using synchronous and asynchronous video in his own online courses, the results of some studies he has conducted on the use of video and suggest a range of strategies for engaging students through video.

Dr. Patrick Lowenthal, Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University

Dr. Lowenthal is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University, where he teaches masters and doctoral students in fully online graduate programs. He specializes in designing and developing online learning environments. His research focuses on how people communicate using emerging technologies—with a specific focus on issues of presence, identity, and community--in online learning environments.

Supportive Feedback for Non-Native Speakers of English in Online Graduate Learning

Online graduate education presents a myriad of challenges for the student. For non-native English speakers, these challenges may be exacerbated by language barriers. While English language learning students need to demonstrate English proficiency as part of their application for admission to graduate school, basic proficiency does not always mean that they have a comprehensive set of language tools to be successful. This session will introduce feedback strategies to support non-native English speakers in online graduate education.

Dr. Laurie Bedford, Professor of Education Research at Northcentral University

Laurie Bedford, Ph.D., is an advocate of lifelong learning and continuing education. Dr. Bedford’s expertise spans online higher education, faculty development, and instructional design. She is currently a professor of educational research at Northcentral University, where she has been a full-time and an adjunct faculty member for three and 14 years, respectively. Her research interests include instructional strategies for non-native English speakers and professional development for dispersed faculty. Dr. Bedford earned a doctorate in adult education from the University of Wyoming. She also holds Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Administrative Studies degrees from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Bedford’s passions include outdoor education and support for recent immigrants to the US. Dr. Bedford has three adult children and splits her time between Colorado and South Dakota. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and the fiber arts.

Poll Everywhere- “It’s More Than Just a Poll”

Have you ever attended a webinar that was mundane, dry, and just simply boring? Well, we all have been there. In this interactive session, you will learn how to create a webinar experience people will want to attend. Join me, Tiffany Anisette Pringle, as I take you behind the scenes to one of the world’s most engaging and interactive tools on the market. In this webinar, you will receive hands-on practice on how to use and leverage this technology. Using Poll Everywhere, I will assist you in creating and delivering unforgettable webinars for all types of learners.

Tiffany Pringle, NCU Doctoral Student

A highly motivated Corporate Trainer and Facilitator with experience in training small and large groups across diverse industries. Proven success in leveraging interactive education and experiences to deliver successful training programs onsite and virtually. With over 15 years of entrepreneurship and corporate sales experience, Tiffany is a successful leader, facilitator, motivator, and coach with a passion for creating high-performance teams, training other trainers, and developing leaders at all levels of an organization. Tiffany is the Founder of Inspire Consulting & Management Group and the former Chair of The African American Leadership Council for Field and Sales Engagement Team for Baxter Healthcare. As a sought-out speaker, Tiffany has been the keynote presenter and workshop facilitator for corporations such as Verizon Wireless, Georgia Power, WOW, Comcast, State Farm, Delta Airlines, ADP, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP Work Life Program), Non-Profit organizations, and many more.

 

The National Standards for Quality Online Learning (NSQOL): The Benchmark of Quality for Online Programs, Courses, and Teaching

Quality online learning is intentional, aligned to standards of quality, and includes teachers trained to support students in the learning environment. The newly revised National Standards for Quality Online Learning (NSQOL) is the benchmark of quality for K-12 online programs, courses, and teaching. This session will begin with a brief introduction to the NSQOL including the research and community effort to update the standard sets in 2019. The interactive presentation will then focus on the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (NSQOT), the framework for teachers seeking to improve their online pedagogy as well as leaders responsible for preparing teachers for online instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the indicators within the NSQOT standard set and view an example roadmap for implementing the standards.

Cindy Hamblin, Director of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA)

Cindy Hamblin is the director of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA). The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) is a non-profit educational association of state-led or large consortium supplemental virtual programs from across the country. The VLLA’s mission is to strengthen online learning through leadership, advocacy, and expertise. Ms. Hamblin was the director of the Illinois Virtual School from 2009-2018 where she provided oversight to ensure quality online courses, instructors, and services were available to students. Ms. Hamblin joined the VLLA with thirty years of experience in educational technology.

Online Teacher-Student Engagement: Lessons Learned During COVID-19

Online teaching and learning comes with many unique challenges and opportunities. Each year, more and more learners of all ages are learning online. Crisis teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shift in how we perceive and implement online teaching and learning, especially regarding teacher-student engagement. This session explores lessons learned by K-12 teachers and higher education faculty during the sudden shift to online education between 2020 and 2022.

Dr. Maggie Broderick, Associate Professor at Northcentral University

Dr. Maggie Broderick (she / her / hers) is an associate professor at Northcentral University, with roles in curriculum and assessment. She currently serves as the program lead for the ELL specialization, teaches graduate-level courses, and serves as a dissertation chair and subject matter expert on doctoral dissertation committees. Maggie is an active scholar, presenting at many conferences and publishing book chapters and journal articles, often in collaboration with colleagues and former students. She also serves as a scholarly peer reviewer, a content expert writing curriculum, and a provider of professional development activities for in-service teachers. Dr. Broderick received her Ph.D. in foreign language education at the University of Pittsburgh and her BS (Music Education) and MS (Education) degrees at Duquesne University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, including eight years of teaching experience in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and additional PK-12 and higher education teaching experience in various teaching contexts. Dr. Broderick lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family and is passionate about teaching and learning at all levels.

Intentional Engagement in a Remote World

Engagement is an important aspect of education. When that education is happening online, the need to engage the learner is that much more important; however, the same old ways of engaging do not work in a remote environment. Engaging remote learners is an intentional task that requires the teacher/trainer to create a plan and set expectations specifically around engagement. While it may seem like additional work, the time and effort of intentionally engaging with remote learners pay off with stronger outcomes.

Jessica Bashaw, NCU Doctoral Student

Jessica Bashaw is an instructional designer and training coordinator with extensive experience in onboarding new employees and professional development training. She specializes in training program design and development from needs assessment through evaluation with a focus on training remote staff. Jessica earned her Master of Science in Adult Education from The State University of New York, Buffalo State College, and is pursuing her Doctor of Education with a specialization in Global Training and Development at Northcentral University.

Sam Linkedin HeadshotSam Kary is the Founder and CEO of New EdTech Classroom is the Founder and CEO of New EdTech Classroom, a teacher-led professional development startup dedicated to helping educators design innovative classrooms with technology. Sam is a former classroom teacher and instructional coach of a decade who spent his early career skeptical of technology’s role in education. Now, he works full time helping teachers learn how to use technology to design authentic, engaging, relevant learning experiences through his YouTube channel, online courses, and workshops. Sam is an ISTE Certified Educator, National Geographic Certified Educator, and Google Certified Trainer, and he and his team have developed a UDL - TPACK model that serves as the foundation for their one-of-a-kind professional learning program, 21st Century Teacher. Follow him on Twitter @newedtechclass and learn more about his work at www.newedtechclassroom.com.


Going Beyond the Surface: Relationship Building in Online Education, Fall 2021

Explore ways to expand awareness, deepen empathy, and strengthen relationships in the virtual education setting. Expert faculty and doctoral student speakers discuss practical strategies for creating an inclusive and responsive online learning culture with a special focus on the following areas:

  • Transformative social emotional learning
  • Trauma-Informed Educational Practices
  • Student identity and agency
  • Cultural and generational trauma

 

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SPEAKER BIOS

 

A person wearing glassesDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceDr. Linda Dale Bloomberg is founder of Bloomberg Associates, ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development) and Advanced Learning Solutions, and a co-founder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She previously served as senior researcher for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel Research, focusing on change management, diversity initiatives, and workplace learning. 

Since 2013, she has worked with Northcentral University’s School of Education as associate director of faculty support and development and full professor of education. In this capacity, she coaches and evaluates online faculty, develops curriculum for graduate research courses, and serves as dissertation chair and subject matter expert for online doctoral candidates. She also serves in an advisory and leadership capacity for the University’s community engagement platform and was a founding member of the University Diversity Committee.

She consults to numerous research and nonprofit advisory boards and was invited to serve on the Future Talent Council, Global Advisory Board for Faculty and Staff Development, and as mentor in residence for SAGE Publications. Dr. Bloomberg presents regularly at national and international professional conferences on topics related to qualitative research, online learning, and professional development for online pedagogy. She is the author and editor of numerous publications in these fields, including Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End (5th ed. in press), and the recently published Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction: How to Engage Adult Learners (nominated for 2021 Division of Distance Learning for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology). 

Linda received her doctorate in Adult and Organizational Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds master’s degrees in adult education from the University of Cleveland, and counseling psychology and organizational psychology from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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Dr. Quincey Daniels is an assistant professor at Northcentral University and a former Major in the U.S. Army, special education teacher, and K-12 principal. He is married and has 11 children and 7 grandchildren.  He is a proponent of Critical Race Theory and ethnographic research and a member of the National University System’s council on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he now resides in Wisconsin, where he serves on Governor Evers’ Wisconsin Technical College System Board and the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. 

 

 

 

A person wearing glassesDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceDr. Charlotte Gallagher-Immenschuh is an educator in San Antonio, TX.  She currently serves as the owner and director of the Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Antonio – Alamo Heights, instructing students with an array of learning goals. Charlotte has taught in the public and private sectors, instructed classes online, created differentiated learning programs, is an instructional coach to homeschool and unschooled students, develops and implements teacher development, is an advocate for students and parents, and develops creative approaches to curriculum implementation. She is an active scholar, presents at various conferences, recently published a book chapter in collaboration with colleagues, and serves as a scholarly peer reviewer. Dr. Gallagher-Immenschuh received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in English as a second language from Northcentral University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in equity, ethics, and justice from Concordia University – Portland, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from The University of the Incarnate Word. Charlotte is an active philanthropist and serves as the Governing Board Chair of Seton Home. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in San Antonio, where she resides with her husband and children and considers herself a forever student who is passionate about learning through the perspective of her students. 

 

 

 

Dr. Maggie Broderick (she / her / hers) is an associate professor at Northcentral University, with roles in curriculum and assessment. She currently serves as the program lead for the ELL specialization, teaches graduate-level courses, and serves as a dissertation chair and subject matter expert on doctoral dissertation committees. Maggie is an active scholar, presenting at many conferences and publishing book chapters and journal articles, often in collaboration with colleagues and former students. She also serves as a scholarly peer reviewer, a content expert writing curriculum, and a provider of professional development activities for in-service teachers. Dr. Broderick received her Ph.D. in foreign language education at the University of Pittsburgh and her BS (Music Education) and MS (Education) degrees at Duquesne University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, including eight years of teaching experience in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and additional PK-12 and higher education teaching experience in various teaching contexts. Dr. Broderick lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family and is passionate about teaching and learning at all levels.  

 

 

 

 

 

PANELIST BIOS

 

 

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Jennifer De Lapp, PhD student, School of Education, Northcentral University. Formerly a high school special education teacher, specializing in adolescents who endured adverse childhood experiences and continued to live in traumatic life conditions.

 

 


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Dr. Gary Walker-Roberts (they/them/theirs), faculty member in the School of Education and Alumnx Navigator in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Northcentral University. My passion is to advocate for student equity in online learning environments. 

 

 

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  Christy Sholola, National Education Partners (NEP), IDD Editor

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 Steven Jusu, doctoral candidate, School of Education at Northcentral University

 

 

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Cary Gillenwater, professor in Northcentral University's School of Education. Cary received his PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. 

 

 

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Connie S. Graska, M.Ed., Ph.D. Student in the School of Education specializing in Early Childhood Education

 

 

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