NDLA is proud to announce these engaging speakers for the 2019 conference:
Personalized Learning with Matt & Courtney
Keynote: Getting Personal to Get Global
Now more than ever the goals of education are shifting to prepare learners for an uncertain, global future. By embracing methods and stances that personalize learning we can actually nurture meaningful engagement with the world and give our learners practice with the tools and skills they will need in order to thrive.
Matthew Shea is a district administrator, and former math teacher, in a learner-centered proficiency-based system. He is a zealot for learner-centered, proficiency-based education systems, but has no tolerance for educators looking out for themselves in lieu of the learners. He loves Chelsea FC a little too much, and 90’s alternative rock way too much. His favorite saying is “to be uncertain is uncomfortable, but to be certain is ridiculous.” Sort of sums up personalized learning. He tweets at @eatsleepstats.
Courtney Belolan is a k-12 instructional coach. She is enjoying her journey in education, and figures that she can fall back on being a rock star if it doesn’t pan out. Before working with teachers Courtney worked with middle schoolers in a public school, and animals of all ages, including people, at a nature sanctuary. She believes that personalized, proficiency-based learning is the elegant solution, and that all arguments otherwise are riddled with fallacies. Courtney loves to lacto-ferment vegetables from her yard or local farmers market, and her favorite asana is rajakapotasana. Courtney teaches yoga to adults and children in Midcoast Maine. She tweets at @belolanc.
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. She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts, including her current involvement on the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, the CourseWare in Context (CWIC) Executive Committee, the McGraw Hill Learning Sciences Research Board, the SXSWedu Advisory Board, the OLC Research Board, Distance Teaching and Learning (DTL) Advisory Board, and others.
Currently, Dr. Joosten leads a national research initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education working to provide access to research models and methods, facilitating innovative processes of data collection, and encouraging the replication of research across institutions through the DETA Research Toolkit to identify key instructional and institutional factors that influence student success with particular attention to underrepresented students.
Dr. Joosten has a background in the social sciences hailing from the field of communication. Her notable keynotes include eLearning Asia, ITC eLearning Conference, and SACS COC President’s event, and her ideas have been highlighted on plenary panels at the UW-Madison Annual Distance Teaching and Learning conference and the OLC International Conference for Online Learning. You can find her ideas and work cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, U.S. News World and Report, and more. Recent interviews with Dr. Joosten are available on ResearchInAction and TOPcast available on iTunes. Her book on social media is available from Wiley Publishing, she has authored numerous articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries on human and social interactions and digital learning, and she often writes invited blog posts and magazine articles for organizations, such as EDUCAUSE, WCET, Inside Higher Ed, and Pearson. Her expertise has led to invitations to planning the future of digital education events at the White House, Harvard, Stanford, Arizona State, and others.