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Bringing Real-World Experience to the Remote Student: Laboratories and Virtual Worlds

Frank Mayadas (Sloan Foundation, USA)
Jesus del Alamo (MIT, USA)
Bruno Cinel (Thompson Rivers University, Canada)
John Bourne (American Sentinel University, USA)
Joe Skrivanek (State University of NY (SUNY) Purchase, USA)
Session Information
November 21, 2013 - 10:45am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Areas of Special Interest: 
None of the above
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Southern Hemisphere 1
Session Duration: 
80 Minutes
Information Session 7 & 8 (combined)
Virtual Session

This session is intended to update attendees about the current state of affairs in technology and practices that allow “real-world” experiences to the remote learner.

Extended Abstract

This session is intended to update attendees about the current state of affairs in technology and practices that allow “real-world” experiences to the remote learner. This is not intended to be a comprehensive review, rather one that focuses on two segments: (1) access to laboratories at the high school and undergraduate college levels, and (2) use of “virtual world” simulations as a part of instruction for college undergraduate and graduate classes.

These are not new concepts. They have been discussed for over 15 years. Actual implementations however have been slow to appear. This session will bring attendees up to speed on where the state of the art stands and anticipated progress over the next five years.

Two overview speakers will sketch out the big picture of where things stand and where continued progress is leading us. The speakers following, will discuss specific examples from their own experiences. They will be encouraged to present in such a way that their experiences might be used as a template for others to follow-up. So one expected outcome is additional practice and practitioners in these areas. A second desired outcome is to begin a process for setting standards in the practice of remote laboratory access and use of virtual worlds models in the practice of science-based education in college.

Our final speaker will represent one potential user segment: community college students who aspire to go on to 4-year colleges and careers in research or other advanced development.

The presentations will be followed by a round table and audience participation.

Lead Presenter
Frank Mayadas

Dr. A. Frank Mayadas
Founding President, Sloan-C and Program Director (ret’d), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Dr. Mayadas retired in 2010, after 17 years as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program

Director, and then more recently as a Senior Advisor to the Foundation, when he continued to be involved in online learning and other programs that he had had a role in developing.

During his time as a Sloan Program Director, Sloan, Dr. Mayadas was involved in a number of areas: online education, globalization of industries, industry studies, and career choice in technical fields. He started the Sloan online learning program in 1993. This program (known as Anytime, Anyplace Learning) has had a profound impact in moving the academic field forward. He is the founding president of Sloan-C (the Sloan Consortium), the premier society for professionals engaged in online education programs. A large number of disciplines are covered by member academic institutions of the consortium, ranging across humanities, engineering, business, and social-, life- and physical- sciences. Dr. Mayadas has been a keynote speaker at several distance education in the US, as well as abroad.

Dr. Mayadas received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell in 1965, and a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961. Prior to coming to the Sloan Foundation, Frank Mayadas had spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation. Among his assignments there, he was Vice President, Technology and Solutions Development (Application Solutions Line of Business), General Manager, University and College Systems (where he managed the successful NSFNet Internet project); ; IBM Research Division Vice President and Director, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California; and IBM Director and Secretary of IBM's Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee.

He has more than 40 published papers in Systems, Devices, Solid State Physics, and online education. He holds several patents and awards from IBM. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a past Director of the Society of Engineering Science. He is a member of the Halls of Fame for USDLA and International Adult and Continuing Education, a member of the Marquis Who's Who in the US, and recipient of the Distinguished Medal of Achievement from Colorado School of Mines .
He has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Georgia Tech, the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, University of Florida, and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a member of the board of e-Cornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, and a member of the board of American Sentinel University. Dr. Mayadas has testified on e-learning before the US Congress on two occasions, as well as before the 2007 National (Spellings) Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

  Jesus del Alamo (MIT, USA)
Jesús del Alamo is Donner Professor, MacVicar Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Prof. del Alamo teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in electronics, electron devices and circuits, and advanced semiconductor device physics. Prof. del Alamo has been investigating technology and pedagogy of iLabs for science and engineering education. During this session, he will share his experiences in the development of the MIT Microelectronics WebLab.
  Bruno Cinel (Thompson Rivers University, Canada)
Bruno Cinel is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) where his research interests include STEM and chemical education with a focus on the use of remote instrumentation for laboratory and classroom activities and the development of blended learning opportunities for students across institutions. Since 2006, Bruno has been a co-investigator with Sharon Brewer on the BC-Integrated Laboratory Network (BC-ILN) developing cyber-enabled instrumentation and resources for instructors anywhere in the world. In 2011, the BC-ILN was selected to join the HP-Catalyst Multiversity Consortium in promoting learning opportunities in STEM+ education, and was also included in a subsequent 2012 HP Catalyst Leadership Grant awarded to Northwestern University. He is also involved in distance lecture and laboratory curriculum development for the Open Learning Division of TRU, the Sloan-C “Teaching and Learning with Online Labs” annual workshops, and applied chemical research on natural products from terrestrial and marine organisms.
John Bourne John Bourne (American Sentinel University, USA)
John Bourne is Chief Academic Officer at American Sentinel University. He is Professor Emeritus at Franklin Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA and Professor Emeritus at Babson College in Wellesley MA. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Sloan Consortium. Particular interests are social networking methods, virtual worlds, and STEM+ education online. Dr. Bourne will provide an overview of virtual worlds for healthcare and related applications.
  Joe Skrivanek (State University of NY (SUNY) Purchase, USA)
Dr. Joseph Skrivanek is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the founder of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Community College Mentoring Program at Purchase College, SUNY. His efforts to grow this program began 13 years ago to support the successful transfer and graduation of students from community colleges to four year institutions in STEM fields, particularly students from under-represented populations. In 2011, Professor Skrivanek and Purchase College received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama. Dr. Skrivanek will discuss one potential STEM "user" segment, community college students.