Presenters

Rick Anderson
Integrating do-it-yourself technology (DIY) into the virtual learning environment
Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University, and President of Fair Use Building and Research Labs. As Director of Virtual Worlds he has grown the Rutgers University Virtual World  from a single sim in Second Life to 24 sims in Open Sim, and 8 sim in Second Life. These environments are showcased as part of Rutgers Day, where over 50,000 people attend, and at least 5,000 people get to ring the Old Queens Virtual Bell. Since 2005, he has taught the School of Communication and Information (SCI) program’s Advanced Web Design course. As a member of Fubar Labs, Rick has worked to provide programs on soldering, basic electronics, Arduino (http://arduino.cc) and 3D printing to the New Jersey community. Arduino is an Open Hardware project used by artists and engineers around the world. He is also part of the official Arduino testing team, and designed the Arduino Software Test suite. In 2011, he participated in the Global Game Jam and created the first third party game for the Microtouch open hardware game platform, Heat Death, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickanderson/5401644918/, and http://globalgamejam.org/2011/heat-death-microtouch.

Mark Bell
Measuring Motivation Activation in a Virtual World
Mark Bell (Ph.D.) BA, English, University of Waterloo, 1993; MA, Telecommunications, Ball State University, 2007. Previous to academia Mark spent 15 years of software industry experience in development and documentation. He is also the co-author of Second Life for Dummies & the author of Build A Website For Free.

Yasemin Besen-Cassino
Recording Online Classes with Audacity and iTunes University
Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino is Associate Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. at SUNY Stony Brook in 2005. Her research focuses on gender, work and politics. Her work has appeared in numerous prestigious journals such as National Women’s Studies Association Journal(NWSAJ), Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Theory and Society and Contexts. She has served as the managing editor of a the prominent gender journal, Men and Masculinities, published by Sage(2003-2005). Her most recent books include Jessie Bernard (with Michael Kimmel), which is about the life and works of the prominent feminist scholar, Jessie Bernard and Consuming Politics: Jon Stewart, Branding and Youth Vote in America (with Dan Cassino), which studies the political attitudes and voting patterns of young people in America.  She has won the Dean’s  Award in Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Stony Brook in 2004 and the Dean’s Award in Teaching at Montclair State University in 2008.

Ann Delforge
Second Languages in Linden Lab’s Second Life

Ann Marie Delforge received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California, Davis in 2009.  She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Italian at Montclair State and also serves as the coordinator for the Lower Division Spanish Program.

Anthony Fontana
Building a socially motivated learning environment
Anthony Fontana is a Learning Technologies Consultant and an Instructor of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Anthony’s pedagogical research involves the importance of divergent methodologies in the classroom, such as “play”, integrative teaching strategies, and educational technology applications that optimize learning outcomes by providing channels of content transfer most familiar to the student; something he calls “The Multichronic Classroom“. This work focuses on the use of immersive learning environments such as Second Life, social networks such as Facebook, and the way in which students stay engaged, socially motivated, and productive.  Anthony is the author of the graphic novel THE DOGS. As an artist, he has exhibited work throughout the Midwest and in online and virtual world spaces. His current work focuses on expressing internet memes through a variety of mediums, such as drawing, print, and sculpture

Billy Goodman
What’s (y)our Ecological Address? (an MSU Network for Educational Renewal Sponsored Session)
Billy Goodman teaches environmental science at Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls.  He is interested in using real data, mapping tools, and field research to motivate students.  Before beginning his teaching career eight years ago, he was a science writer, contributing articles on a variety of topics to magazines and newspapers as well as writing several nonfiction books for young adults.

Ting Ho
Using the Web to Enhance Teaching in the Arts
Dr. Ting Ho is a senior member of the music faculty of the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where he is Coordinator of the music theory and composition programs. He currently chairs the College of the Arts Distance Learning Committee, which is responsible for overseeing courses and programs in that College that include distance learning components. He has personally designed a number of music courses for both majors and non-majors that are delivered entirely online using both Blackboard and Moodle Learning Management Systems. As a composer, Dr. Ho has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Music Center and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and he is the recipient of the Louis Lane Prize. His original compositions have received performances at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and elsewhere in the United States and abroad. One of his works was featured in a Voice of America broadcast to the Orient.

Craig Kapp
Visualizing the Future: How Augmented Reality can empower faculty, inspire students and bring ideas to life in the classroom
Craig Kapp (M.P.S, New York University, M.S. The College of New Jersey) is an interactive developer who has spent over ten years working to find ways to bring cutting edge technologies into educational settings. He has served as the Associate Director for Instructional Technology at TCNJ and is an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Business and Education at The College of New Jersey, teaching courses such as Authoring and Multimedia Development, Introduction to Interactive Computing and Educational Applications of Computing for School Administrators. He works extensively with interactional educators and teaches regularly in Mallorca, Spain and Cairo, Egypt.  Craig currently works for New York University as a Researcher in Residence at the Interactive Telecommunications Program as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science department at NYU. In addition, Craig recently founded ZooBurst LLC, a web-based startup that focuses on bringing augmented reality digital storytelling tools into classrooms around the world. He plans to one day return to academia as a full-time faculty member teaching in the areas of Educational Technology and Interactive Multimedia.

Jon Landis
The Mobility Revolution: The iPad in Education
(An Apple Sponsored Session)
Dr. Jon Landis is currently a Development Executive with Apple Inc. He is a former professor in the College of Education from Millersville University where he was the graduate coordinator of the Leadership Program and the Coordinator of the CyberSafe Institute.  Jon holds his Ph.D. in Sociology, a Masters degree in Education Leadership, and a B.S. in Chemistry.  He has served as a chemistry teacher, principal, and curriculum director. Dr. Landis speaks nationality on the risks and opportunities associated with mobile technologies. Jon has recently presented at the National Middle School Association annual conference (NMSA), The American Education Research Association International Conference (AERA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference (ASCD), and the Pennsylvania Trial Judges Annual Professional Development Conference.

Suzanne McCotter
Beginning Pedagogy for Online Teaching and Learning

Suzanne McCotter is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University.  Her research interests include teacher and leader professional development, teacher reflection, and online teaching and learning.  Suzanne has taught online and hybrid classes in the field of Educational Leadership since 2006, and uses technology to challenge herself as a teacher and learner.  She works closely with colleagues in formal and informal ways to help them hone their own distance pedagogy.

Gina Miele
Second Languages in Linden Lab’s Second Life

Dr. Gina M. Miele, assistant professor of Italian and former director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.  While she specializes in 19th and 20th century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino, she teaches courses on various periods, authors and genres of the Italian literary tradition.  She has published in ItalicaMarvels and TalesFabula and Italian Quarterly, theGreenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, the Harvard College Journal of Italian American History and Culture, the Italian American Review, the Paterson Literary Review and Primo.  Dr. Miele is a regular instructor of hybrid courses and has experimented with Second Life, Elluminate, and Twitter in the Italian language classroom.

Michael Oudshoorn
Face-to-Face to On-Line: Addressing the Concerns of the Faculty
Michael Oudshoorn is the Chair of Computer Science at Montclair State University. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Brownsville where he taught several on-line classes. He has published several educational papers focusing on computer science pedagogy, and has a strong interest in quality education and accreditation requirements. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia and has also served as the Department Head of Computer Science at Montana State University

Rich Peterson
Quality Matters: A Tale of Three Bodies

Rich Peterson, Chairperson of the Department of Management and Information Systems at Montclair State University, is responsible for a staff of fifty-two full-time/adjunct faculty and support staff serving nearly 500 hundred undergraduate and graduate students in Hospitality Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Operations Management. For the past sixteen years he has also taught such courses as management information systems, systems analysis and design, decision support systems, networking, business communications,  business research methods, business decision making, and personal finance.  Dr. Peterson holds a Ph. D. and an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Edinboro State University.

Christine Pettus
Second Languages in Linden Lab’s Second Life
Christine Pettus (M.A., Montclair State University; M.Ed., Lee University) is currently an instructor at Montclair State University where she teaches two introductory level Spanish courses in a hybrid format utilizing Second Life and Blackboard as resources.  Additionally, she teaches high school Spanish, Language Arts, and elective courses to middle and high school aged traveling equestrians in a one on one hybrid format that utilizes Skype and Blackboard. She is interested in creating a course in an online platform that duplicates the best learning outcomes achieved in a traditional second language class environment and also increases contact with the target culture and language in ways that would not be possible in a face-to-face setting.

Edina Renfro-Michel
Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Theoretical Concepts
Edina Renfro-Michel, Ph.D., LPC is an assistant professor of counseling at Montclair State University. Her research interests include developing effective hybrid and online courses; the relationship between attachment orientation, learning styles and learning outcomes in hybrid and online courses; and the relationship between attachment orientations and counseling supervision satisfaction. Edina is a peer mentor helping faculty integrate technology in their College of Education courses, and has helped design several “Tech Camps” for faculty members. Edina has used pedagogically driven technology in her courses for over six years. Her groundbreaking interactive Second Life classroom “The Theorists Project” helps counseling students from around the world understand theoretical concepts in concrete engaging ways. As a licensed counselor, Edina has worked with a variety of clients, specializing in working with  children with attachment issues and their families.

Jonathon Richter
Emerging Strategic Innovations in Educational Leadership: Future-Focused & Grounded in the Cloud
Jonathon Richter, Ed.D. is a Research Associate at the University of Oregon and Director of the Center for Learning in Virtual Environments at the University of Oregon. With research interests in the educational use of virtual worlds, electronic assessment and digital storytelling, Dr. Richter is currently Co-Principal Investigator on two National Science Foundation grants – one to integrate computer science and game development into virtual environments at Lane Community College in Oregon and the other investigating dimensions of globally distributed teams’ use of virtual worlds to collaborate and innovate for work-related purposes. He is the co-founder and current chair of the American Educational Research Association’s special interest group on virtual worlds named the Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning (ARVEL).

Ken Ronkowitz
Open Learning Through Open Textbooks
(an NJEDge.Net Sponsored Session)
Ken Ronkowitz is the Director of the Writing Initiative http://pccc.libguides.com/writing at Passaic County Community College http://www.pccc.edu and teaches in the Humanities. Prior to PCCC, he was the Manager of Instructional Technology at NJIT, and continues there as an adjunct instructor in the graduate program in Professional Technical Communication http://msptc.njit.edu.  At NJIT, he brought the  university into Apple’s iTunes U at its launch, led the transition to enterprise use of Moodle, and initiated NJIT’s technology presence in Newark’s high schools. Ken began his career teaching and facilitating technology integration in secondary education. His learning and technology blog, Serendipity35, is athttp://www.serendipity35.net


Sarah Smith-Robbins
Pedagogy First, Technology Second: How to Choose the Right Tool for the Job
Sarah “Intellagirl” Smith-Robbins is the Director of Emerging Technologies at Kelley Executive Partners as well as a member of the Marketing faculty at the Kelley School of Business. She is also a PhD candidate in Rhetoric at Ball State University. Her research focuses on communication practices in social media, virtual worlds and video games. Sarah spends her days designing games, ranting about social technologies in education and business, and fighting the misperceptions about the ways social technologies are changing our lives. In addition to being a pink-haired mother of triplets, Sarah is also a writer and an instigator of various acts of geeky creativity. Find out more about Sarah at www.intellagirl.com.

Lisa Thumann
Harnessing Social Networks in Your Classrooms
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been with the Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2002. As the Center’s Senior Specialist in Technology Education, Lisa facilitates professional development sessions on campus as well as travels throughout New Jersey going into districts helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Her focus for the Center is her 21st Century Learning Initiativeand helping teachers to develop and participate in their personal learning networks. Lisa also presents at State and National conferences such as Alan November’s Building Learning CommunitiesISTE (formally NECC) and the 2010 Global Education Conference. You can also find her speaking for the NJ Association for Educational Technology and the NJ Educational Computing Cooperative. She has been the Keynote presenter for the NJEA Technology Institutes, the NJETI2010 Annual Conference and the 2010 NYAIS Education and Information Technology Conference.  Lisa has presented at the last six Google Teacher Academies and is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.