2017 Distance Education Research Symposium

Get more from your conference experience by attending the Distance Education Research Symposium on Tuesday, July 25 from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm.

Network with fellow researchers, scholars, practitioners, and graduate students with the shared interest in advancing research in distance education. Participate in discussions with prominent researchers and publishers about challenges and opportunities for conducting and publishing research.

Symposium highlights:

  • Featured sessions relevant to researchers from experts in the field of distance education
  • Panel discussion with leading experts in distance education research
  • Networking lunch
  • Round-table discussions on specific topics related to distance education research

Fee: $100
(limited space)

Final details and schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

Women talking at DT&L conference

Symposium Moderators and Presenters

Ellen D. Wagner, PhD.Ellen D. Wagner, PhD
Vice President, Research, Hobsons
Ellen D. Wagner, PhD is Vice President, Research, Hobsons. She was co-founder of the PAR Framework, now a Division of Hobsons, and served as PAR’s strategy officer from its inception to its acquisition. She was Vice-President, Technology, of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and was Executive Director of WICHE’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Learn more >
Simone C. O. Conceição PhDSimone C. O. Conceição, PhD
Professor and Chair University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Simone C. O. Conceição, PhD, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Visiting Professor of Distance Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. She teaches courses in the areas of distance education, use of technology with adult learners, instructional design, and adult learning. Learn more >

Chris DedeChris Dede, EdD
Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE). His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. Learn more >

Karen Vignare, PhD, M.B.AKaren Vignare, PhD, M.B.A
Karen Vignare, Ph.D., M.B.A is a strategic and systemic leader, focused on launching innovations from online learning to leveraging emerging technologies from analytics, retention tools, personalization and adaptive learning. She currently manages her own consulting company serving an association, universities and educational technology companies to provide insight on how to successfully launch, measure impact, improve efficiency, and improve student success in higher education. Learn more >

Tanya Joosten, PhDTanya Joosten, PhD
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), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., 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. Learn more >

Bethany Simunich, PhDBethany Simunich, PhD
Director of Online Pedagogy and Research at Kent State University
Bethany Simunich, PhD is the Director of Online Pedagogy and Research at Kent State University and has worked in online education for nearly fifteen years. She teaches both online and face-to-face, and has held positions in educational technology, instructional design, faculty development, and also research and evaluation of online course quality and effectiveness. Learn more >

William C. Diehl, PhDWilliam C. Diehl, PhD
Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs in the Adult Education program and Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA.
Dr. Diehl serves as Guest Editor and Interviews Editor for The American Journal of Distance Education, and is an expert reviewer for other academic journals. Additionally, Diehl is a consultant in the corporate, higher education and government sectors. Learn more >

William C. Diehl, PhDKaren Swan, EdD
Stukel Professor of Educational Research and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS), University of Illinois Springfield
For the past 20 years, Karen has been teaching online, and researching online learning. She received the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) award for outstanding individual achievement and the Burks Oakley II distinguished online teaching award for her work in this area. Learn more >

Alfred EssaAlref Essa
VP of R&D and Analytics at McGraw-Hill Education, and lead of data science and research practice at MHE
has extensive experience in industry and academia, including serving as Director of Analytics Strategy at Desire2Learn, Assoc. Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO at Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, and CIO at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. At MIT he was the Principal Investigator of the iLearn project, a research initiative jointly funded by MIT and Microsoft. Learn more >


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