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Presenter(s)
Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA) - "Shark"
Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) - "Shark"
George Siemens (Athabasca University, Canada) - "Shark"
Chris Walsh (Zaption, USA) - Panelist
Chad Jardine (GoReact, USA) - Panelist
Derek Wessler (Junction Education, USA) - Panelist
Shaunak Roy (Yellow Dig, USA) -Panelist
Michael Atkisson (DropThought, USA) - Panelist
Session Information
April 23, 2015 - 9:40am
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Emerging Technology (tools or processes)
Institutional Level: 
Multiple
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Location: 
Lone Star C3
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 3
Virtual Session
Abstract

"Teacher Tank" is a special version of the popular TV show, Shark Tank. This is a one-of-a-kind, high energy opportunity where entrepreneurs will present their start-ups to three rock star educators who will ask questions and provide honest, meaningful dialog and feedback.

Extended Abstract

Meet the "Sharks"

 

Tanya Joosten
Tanya Joosten is the Director (Interim) at the University of Wisconsin _ Milwaukee Learning Technology Center (LTC) where almost 3000 instructors (faculty, academic staff, and TA's) are supported in their use of digital technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. UWM offers over 40 online and blended degree programs to its app. 30,000 students.
Tanya is active in blended and online learning where she has taught online and blended classes for over a decade, co-chairs the UWM Online Program Council (OPC), is the campus liaison for online and blended programming, is a mentor for the OLC certificate in online teaching, and was the 2013 chair of the OLC Blended conference (#blend13) in Milwaukee (http:/onlinelearningconsortium.org/blended).

 

Bonnie Stewart
Bonnie Stewart is an educator and social media researcher fascinated by who we are when we're online. A longtime teacher and writer on open online education possibilities, Bonnie has spent the last 15 years exploring the intersections of knowledge and technologies. She's taught online and in hybrid higher ed contexts since 1999, and has worked with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) since their early days in Canadian experimental education circles. Published in Salon.com, The Guardian UK, and Inside Higher Ed as well as academic venues, Bonnie explores social media literacies, networked identities, academic influence, and the implications of 'open' for higher education in her research.

From the same Prince Edward Island red dirt as Anne of Green Gables, Bonnie has lived and taught on all three coasts of Canada and around the world. She coordinates an adult education B.Ed program and teaches technologies, literacies, communications, and educational foundations at the University of Prince Edward Island.

 

George Siemens
In addition to writing self-flattering bios, George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. He is the Executive Director of the LINK Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San MartÕn de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.

Dr. Siemens is a founding member and first President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (http://www.solaresearch.org/). In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter: gsiemens

 

Meet the "Launch Pad Panelists"

Chris Walsh

Chris is CEO of Zaption. Chris Fitzgerald Walsh is an experienced K­12 educator, web & media producer, and entrepreneur. Chris leads business development and operations at Zaption ­ an early stage tech company that engages learners through interactive video. Prior to Zaption, Chris led product development and strategic initiatives for New Tech Network (NTN), which supports more than 120 project­-based, high-­tech schools nationwide. His past projects include Brightstorm, Edutopia’s Digital Generation Project, the U.S. Dept. of Ed's "Doing What Works" website, and the Google Teacher Academy. Chris is also the Creator and Executive Producer of the Infinite Thinking Machine, and he is a popular speaker and trainer focused on innovative ways digital tools can improve teaching and learning. Chris earned his M.A. in “Learning, Design, and Technology” from Stanford, and a B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys family adventures, kayaking, and searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Michael Atkisson

Michael Atkisson is an award-winning instructional and product designer with 11 years experience designing learning environments and activities for online-, face-to-face-, and blended-learning deliveries. At DropThought, www.dropthought.com he heads the company's higher education business and product, a formative feedback tool for student feedback on learning. As an instructional designer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michael transformed MOOCs to be experiential, action-based, and intimate https://novoed.com/rauh-finance and worked with Stanford’s Lytics Lab. As a Ph.D. candidate in BYU's Instructional Psychology and Technology program, Michael is comparing formative student feedback on assignments over time with end-of-course surveys and student performance. In his five years at Allen Communication Learning Services, his custom, corporate training and software designs won recognition and praise from Fortune 500 clients, including CVS, Brunswick, Sara Lee, Boeing, Intuit, and several others. Michael enjoys time with his wife and three children at home in the Bay Area and occasionally finds time to write a song on the guitar. Michael has presented on learning analytics research and student feedback at various conferences including LAK, ELI, and Quality Matters. Michael blogs at https://woknowing.wordpress.com/ and on Twitter: @mikeatkisson.

Derek Wessler

Derek Wessler is the Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing for Junction Education. As a student, he spent hours in front of a textbook thinking there must be a better way. Derek started Junction to find that better way, and to make learning more interesting for students and to make teaching simpler for professors. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with students and professors while at McGraw-Hill both in the US and Internationally. Derek holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California and an MBA from New York University where he was a Directors Fellow.

Shaunak Roy

Shaunak Roy is the Founder & CEO of Yellowdig, a social learning platform for higher education. Yellowdig helps to increase classroom engagement by including students in the process of curating and sharing course-relevant content with one another. Shaunak spent almost a decade in consulting and corporate development before starting Yellowdig, with Booz & Co, Arthur Andersen and FMC Corporation. He also found time to get two degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Tech from IIT Bombay.

Chad Jardine

Chad is the Head of Marketing at GoReact. GoReact http://goreact.com is like game film for communicators—providing online video software for feedback, grading and critique of student speeches, presentations and performances. In his spare time, Chad teaches Finance courses to graduate students in the business school at the University of Utah. He’s spent the past 20 years as a marketing executive and CEO building and growing companies. Along the way, he acquired a BFA from BYU and an MBA from the UofU. Chad will tell you that there is only one reason to get up in the morning—to change the world. Which is why he teamed up with GoReact to evangelize one of the coolest edtech SaaS products he’s ever seen for hacking communication skills. Chad tweets at @chadjardine and occasionally blogs about marketing on Medium.

Lead Presenter

 

Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA)

Tanya Joosten is the Director of eLearning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where almost 3000 instructors (faculty, academic staff, and TA's) are supported in their use of digital technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. UWM offers over 40 online and blended degree programs to its app. 30,000 students.

Tanya is active in blended and online learning where she has taught online and blended classes for over a decade, co-chairs the UWM Online Program Council (OPC), is the campus liaison for online and blended programming, is a mentor for the OLC certificate in online teaching, and was the 2013 chair of the OLC  Blended conference (#blend13) in Milwaukee (http:/onlinelearningconsortium.org/blended).

  
Bonnie Stewart

Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Bonnie Stewart is an educator and social media researcher fascinated by who we are when we're online. A longtime teacher and writer on open online education possibilities, Bonnie has spent the last 15 years exploring the intersections of knowledge and technologies. She's taught online and in hybrid higher ed contexts since 1999, and has worked with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) since their early days in Canadian experimental education circles. Published in Salon.com, The Guardian UK, and Inside Higher Ed as well as academic venues, Bonnie explores social media literacies, networked identities, academic influence, and the implications of 'open' for higher education in her research.

From the same Prince Edward Island red dirt as Anne of Green Gables, Bonnie has lived and taught on all three coasts of Canada and around the world. She coordinates an adult education B.Ed program and teaches technologies, literacies, communications, and educational foundations at the University of Prince Edward Island.

  
George Siemens

George Siemens (Athabasca University, Canada)

In addition to writing self-flattering bios, George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. He is the Executive Director of the LINK Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks.

Dr. Siemens is a founding member and first President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (http://www.solaresearch.org/). In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter: gsiemens