The Online Learning Environment: How Do Students Learn?


The Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE)

Superintendents/Presidents Partnership


The Online Learning Environment: How Do Students Learn?

Join leading experts from KnewtoniNACOLSUNY Learning Network, and NYIT for a regional forum:

Date:              Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time:              8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Host:              New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Location:      Riland Auditorium, W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Care Center, NYIT, Old Westbury, NY

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The forum is free and registration is required / Limited space / First come, first served)

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Focus: New technologies are providing unparalleled opportunities in education.  Experts will address implications of the e-learning experience, including the benefits and challenges they present, and will analyze the role of technology to promote innovation in education.  Learn the newest tools, strategies and trends in online learning!

Audience:  As a service to the Long Island education community, the free forum is open to educators and administrators and is appropriate for instructional designers, directors of online learning, and those interested in online learning environment support, services and best practices.  Experts will cover both PreK-12 & Higher Education within a Q&A format.

Learn from e-learning pioneers:

Keynote Speaker: David Kuntz, VP Research & Adaptive Learning, Knewton

David Kuntz is the VP of Research for Knewton, the adaptive learning provider that personalizes digital courses for students. Knewton figures out what a student knows and how they learn best, then recommends what to study next so no student is left behind or bored. He will discuss Knewton’s approach to adaptive learning that leverages advanced technology and data science. He will also explain how adaptive technology empowers teachers, helping them define student goals and showing them what each student needs to work on and why. The company was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Panelists: Alexandra M. Pickett, Associate Director, SUNY Learning Network (SLN)

A pioneer in instructional design and faculty development for the asynchronous web-based teaching and learning environments, Alexandra M. Pickett has led the development of the instructional design methods, support services, and resources used by SLN to support the development and delivery of full web online courses by SUNY campuses and faculty.  She has spent the past 19 years conceptualizing and implementing scaleable, replicable, and sustainable institutionalized online faculty development and course design and delivery processes that in the current academic year will result in the delivery of 7,500+ fully online course sections with 100,000+ student enrollments.

Allison Powell, VP for State and District Services, International Association for Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dr. Allison Powell is at the forefront of K-12 Online Learning.  Working at iNACOL, Allison has helped write the National Standards for Quality and several other documents to expand and improve the field of K-12 online learning.  Before joining INACOL, Allison taught in both face-to-face and online K-8 environments for the past ten years and is credited with launching the Virtual High School in the Clark County School District, NV—the fifth largest school district in the country.  In her role as administrator for the program, she helped train teachers, build courses, oversee technology and educate leaders on the benefits of online learning.  Allison was charged with starting an online professional development program for the school district to allow all administrators, teachers, and district staff to meet their training needs in a more flexible environment.

Stan Silverman, Director Technology Based Learning Systems, NYIT

Professor Stan Silverman, New York Institute of Technology, is widely regarded as a pioneer and national leader in distance learning and educational technology.  Stan combines a physicist’s knowledge of technological hardware with a teacher’s insight into how they can be applied to enhance learning. A full professor in the School of Education and the director of the school’s Technology Based Learning Systems Department and Educational Enterprise Zone, Stan is a nationally known speaker on technology and education and serves on the NYS Regents Technology Council and Chairs the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee. He is the author of numerous publications concerning technology and education and has served as the project director for many research and technology innovation projects funded by a wide variety of organizations.

The free forum is presented as a service to the Long Island education community by LIRACHE, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities, in collaboration with BOCES and the LIRACHE Superintendents/Presidents Partnership.

LIRACHE Superintendents/Presidents Partnership:


Dr. Thomas Rogers, District Superintendent & CEO, Nassau BOCES
Dr. Shaun McKay, President, Suffolk County Community College
Dr. Drew Bogner, President, Molloy College
LIRACHE Executive Council:
Dr. Hubert Keen, President, Farmingdale State College
Sr. Elizabeth A. Hill, President, St. Joseph’s College
Dr. Robert A. Scott, President, Adelphi University


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