We’re excited to announce that our 2017 Keynote Speakers will be Alan Levine and Janet Hurn!
Alan is recognized for applying new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his recent interests are new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106.
He typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, The Open University, Digital Media Hub, and Mozilla. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github.
Alan’s current major project is developing a certification program for Creative Commons. In 2015 and 2016 he developed the platform and facilitated activities (on-site and online) for the UDG Agora Project, a faculty development effort for almost 400 professors at the University of Guadalajara managed by the Justice Institute for British Columbia. From October 2014 – March 2015 Alan was an Open Learning Fellow at Thompson Rivers University where his portfolio included producing the You Show faculty development series and developing the suite of “SPLOT” tools. He has also been an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Janet currently serves as the Senior Director of Regional E-Learning for Miami University and a Senior Instructor of Physics where she leads a team of E-Learning professionals in the development of innovative partnerships with the Miami Regional E-Campus. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Janet is passionate about effectively integrating technology in the classroom and designing high quality online programs/courses for a superior student experience. Her strengths lie in strategic planning and connecting people and groups together to implement visionary projects. Janet has been a long-time contributor and member of ASCUE.