Day 1 Speakers
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Special Guest:
Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and the Interim President of the Research Foundation for SUNY.


Kim Scalzo

Kim Scalzo, Open SUNY Exec. Director

Kim Scalzo currently serves as the Executive Director for Open SUNY at State University of New York. For the five years preceding the launch of Open SUNY, Scalzo served as Director for SUNY Center for Professional Development. Prior to joining SUNY, Scalzo was an administrator at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she started as the Director of Professional and Distance Education Program, and moved on to serve as the Director of Distributed Education and Multimedia before a four year term as the Director of Outreach Programs.

Scalzo is deeply involved with the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE). She is the currently sitting President of IACEE, her third term in the IACEE executive. From 2012 to 2014, Scalzo served as the association’s First Vice President and from 2008-2012she served as Vice President for Products and Services.

Scalzo earned her B.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and her MSED in College Student Personnel from The College of Saint Rose. She has also earned a Certificate in Leadership Development Program from the Center for Creative Leadership.


Presentation: Open SUNY Update


Open SUNY Concierge Panel


Open SUNY Effective Practices Recognition and Panel


Nate Angell, Doorman, Lumen Learning

Nate Angell, Doorman, Lumen Learning

Nate Angell is the doorman at Lumen Learning. They call him the Doorman because Nate works to open doors for people and institutions that are heading down the pathway to adopt Open Educational Resources—what we call OER. In his work with Lumen, Nate has collaborated with colleges, universities and state systems across the U.S. to help develop and implement programs that dramatically expand the impact OER has on teaching, learning and educational affordability. Nate’s work in education and technology has always been driven by a deep passion to make connections between people, practices and ideas that combine to improve our world. Before all this, Nate studied, taught, and researched topics in film, television, and digital media at Brown University, and the history and literature of Latin America at Columbia University.


Allison Brown, Editor and Production Manager, Geneseo

Allison Brown, Editor and Production Manager, Geneseo

Allison Brown is currently Editor & Production Manager at SUNY Geneseo, where she coordinates and oversees Milne Library’s publishing program. Allison also works on the IITG-funded Open SUNY Textbooks project and was the Researcher/Editor of the RRLC-funded Library Publishing Toolkit.

Workshop: Hands-On OER Hackathon: Discover, Evaluate, Remix


Day 2 Speakers
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Carla Casilli, Interim Executive Director, IMS Digital Credentialing

Carla Casilli, Badges + Digital Credentials Strategist

Carla Casilli is a dynamic thought leader in the burgeoning field of alternative credentials. Her strategic systems approach and insightful writing has helped to establish, architect, and structure the open badges ecosystem. In 2016, she is excited to be working with the Connecting Credentials initiative, co-facilitating the work group exploring the possibilities of a common language framework for credentials. Previously, Carla initiated IMS Global’s entry into the evolving digital credentialing world as the inaugural Executive Director of the IMS Digital Credentialing initiative. There she led three working teams focused on the development of an open currency framework for post-secondary digital credentials using the open badges specification. From 2011 to mid-2015 she helped to spearhead the open badges movement, first at Mozilla. in roles that ranged from Project Manager to Director of Badge System Design + Implementation, and then at the Badge Alliance as the Director of Research + Practice. Using the powerful lens of systems design, Carla investigates, writes, and speaks nationally and internationally about badges and digital credentials.

Presentation: Making sense of the new world of digital credentialing



Alicia Fernandez, NUTN Online Student Recognition Recipent 2015

Alicia Fernandez, NUTN Online Student Award

Alicia Fernandez is the recipient of the National University Technology Network‘s (NUTN) Online Student Recognition Award, presented at the annual conference in Savannah, GA in September 2015.

Thirty years after having to drop out of college due to financial reasons and competing life priorities, Alicia Fernandez returned to college in 2010 was able to continue and complete her college education only because of the flexibility and convenience afforded by online degree program options. Four years and twenty-eight online courses later, Alicia is the proud recipient of a B.A. in Communication and Culture from CUNY, and an M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the SUNY University at Albany (received in May 2014) and the Certificate in Online Teaching. Without the online education option, her education would not have been possible. She is a real life example of the extraordinary impact that online learning can have on an individual that chooses to take full advantage of the opportunities it affords.

Presentation: What I Have Learned After Completing 28 Online College Courses

 Keynote Address

A Conversation With Paul LeBlanc – Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University.


Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Director, Postsecondary Success

Dr. Daniel Greenstein, is the director of Education, Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their United States Program, and oversees work to substantially increase the number of students that acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate.

Before joining the Foundation, Greenstein was Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Programs at the University of California Office of the President. In that role he oversaw what academic planning is required at the university-wide level for this ten-campus 220,000-student system. He had administrative responsibility for system-wide academic programs – the University of California Press, the California Digital Library, the University’s Education Abroad Program and internship programs in Washington DC and Sacramento – and acted as the director for UC Online Education – a new effort to integrate online education into the university’s undergraduate curriculum.

Greenstein has led, in some cases founded, several internet-based academic information services in the US (the California Digital Library) and the United Kingdom (the Arts and Humanities Data Service), and served on boards and acted in strategic consulting roles for educational, cultural heritage, and information organizations.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (DPhil) and Pennsylvania (MA, BA) and began his professional life as a senior lecturer in Modern History at Glasgow University. Current fascinations include sustaining innovations in higher education that enable more students to acquire affordable high-volume credentials.

Presentation: Solutions for a New Majority



Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors Recognition and Panel


Day 3 Speakers
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Kevin Bell, Executive Director, Northeastern University Online Curriculum Development and Deployment

Dr. Kevin Bell, Executive Director, Northeastern University

Kevin Bell is the executive director for online curriculum development and deployment at the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Bell leads Northeastern University’s efforts toward the goal of high-quality, professional online programs based on industry and academic standards. He works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the Northeastern University Online strategy aligns with the College’s five-year vision and with the University’s academic and regional campus goals.

Prior to joining the College, Dr. Bell served as chief academic officer for the College of Online and Continuing Education and as Associate Vice President for Learning and Development at Southern New Hampshire University. He developed and implemented new processes for monitoring quality in online courses, managed consistent standards across the university’s entire online portfolio, and supervised the oversight and expansion of instructional design and production teams. Dr. Bell also worked as the project manager for the multinational Open Educational Resource OER University, with the goal of opening global access to higher education for underserved communities. For five years, he was a client services manager for one of the largest language companies in Japan.

Dr. Bell holds an MA in Teaching with Internet Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate Center, and an EdD  from the University of Pennsylvania

How Game Dynamics (not gamification) Will Save Higher Education



Dr. Cristi Ford, Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Innovation Initiatives

Dr. Cristi Ford, Assistant Vice Provost, Learning Innovation

Dr. Cristi Ford is the  Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Innovation Initiatives in the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success (CILSS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Before joining UMUC, Dr. Ford served as director of the Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL) for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and as an assistant professor for UDC’s Center for Academic Technology. Prior to UDC, Dr. Ford was the founding director of Distance Education at Hampton University, creating Hampton U Online with 22 online programs. She also teaches courses online for Prince George’s Community College’s Department of Psychological and Sociological Sciences.

In addition to her experience building new online learning programs and research related to teaching and learning in the online environment, Dr. Ford possesses significant experience in the design and delivery of integrated educational support, training, and transition services for young adults and children with neurodevelopment disabilities. She has served as Associate Director of Training, Marshall University, Autism Training Center; Coordinator, Integrated Services for Young Adults, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Consultant, Trellis Services; ACT Specialist, Kennedy Krieger High School; and Transition Specialist, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Ford was selected by the Online Learning Consortium, as a 2012 participant in the Institute of Emerging Leaders in Online Learning and in 2013, received a Best-In-Track award from the Online Learning Consortium for a paper entitled, Three Institutions, Three Missions, One Goal: Addressing Quality Assurance in Online Education. In 2014, she served as the summit chair for the Online Learning Consortium’s HBCU Summit on Online Education. As a volunteer member of the Middle States Commission in Higher Education, Dr. Ford reviews distance education programs as a part of the accreditation team. She also serves as a national Quality Matters trainer at campuses across the country. Her research interests include online education and new strategies in the teaching and learning environment.

Dr. Ford holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively.

Presentation: The Backwards Classroom – Using Peer Instruction to Increase Active Learning