Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has coauthored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (2009), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators (1998).
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His current research includes seven grants from NSF, Qualcomm, the Gates Foundation, and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. His latest co-edited book, Digital Teaching Platforms, was published by Teachers College Press in 2012.
Leslie Fetzer is an online biology teacher and instructional leader with the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She has taught science for nine years, the past three exclusively online. As 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year, she hopes to dispel some myths about online education and show how students with learning disabilities can succeed with personalized, differentiated online instruction. Fetzer leads the development of the NCVPS Occupational Course of Study Blended Learning Program Courses for students with disabilities. The program pairs online teachers certified in academic content areas with the special education teacher in the student’s classroom. This allows students with disabilities, ranging from behavioral and learning disabilities to hearing and visual impairment, to learn the same curriculum as other students. “I believe that students are not limited by their disabilities – they are challenged by them,” Fetzer says. “As an online teacher, I can learn my students’ likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and adapt instruction to meet their needs even more than I could in the face-to-face classroom.” Fetzer completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in English at St. Bonaventure University and earned her Master of Science in Chemistry Education at Alfred University. Prior to teaching, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical writer.
Matthew Wicks is currently Chief Operating Officer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). He has been involved with K-12 online learning for over a decade. Some of the main highlights of his time in K-12 online learning include: • Co-founder of the Illinois Virtual High School • Founding board member of iNACOL • Created his own online learning consulting firm, Matthew Wicks & Associates • Chair of the 2005 Virtual School Symposium • Co-author of iNACOL National Standards of Quality for Online Programs • Author of A National Primer in K-12 Online Learning, Version 2 • Project leader of iNACOL’s How to Start an Online Learning Program website • Researcher and author for annual Keeping Pace in K-12 Online Learning publication Prior to his work in online learning, Wicks served as Chief Information Officer at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. He also has worked for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and AT&T. Wicks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University.