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Deep Dive: Teaching and Learning Effectiveness

Meg Benke (Empire State College, USA)
Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 1:15pm
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
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Plaza Ballroom D
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes

In recent years, adaptive learning, technology-enhanced classroom spaces, open courseware, and more have changed the way the field of higher education views teaching and learning effectiveness. This deep dive, facilitated by Meg Benke and Tanya Joosten, follows up on Benke’s workshop and will facilitate a discussion that explores the impact that new technologies and pedagogies have had on blended teaching and learning.

Lead Presenter

Meg Benke serves as Professor, Empire State College

Dr. Benke has been a leader in online learning for 25 years. Prior to her current appointment, Benke held the position of Acting President and Provost of Empire State College. of As executive officer, Benke is responsible for more than 35 locations throughout the state, eight international locations, 20,000 students, 63,000 alumni, more than 1,700 employees and an annual all-funds budget of $90 million. Prior to her current appointment, Benke was provost and vice president for academic affairs, where she oversaw the academic enterprise of the college. Benke first joined the college in 1991 and has advanced her leadership roles by focusing on collegewide programs and initiatives such as prior-learning assessment, online education and blended-learning programs.

During her tenure as dean, she worked to build the college’s Center for Distance Learning into the largest provider of online courses within the 64-campus SUNY system and one of the nation’s foremost and innovative systems for online learning and education.

Benke has taught in the areas of human systems and behavior, performance measurement, learning organizations, organizational change and training and adult education in both the graduate and undergraduate programs of the college.

She is past president of the board of directors for the Sloan Consortium and was honored by the board in October 2010 by being named to its inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows for her distinguished service and leadership in the field of online education. In 2007, she was recognized with the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual.

Benke was elected a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on the Blue Ribbon National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Education, which was formed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

Benke co-authored the chapter, "SUNY Empire State College: A Game Changer in Open Education," for the book “Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies,” published by EDUCAUSE, and is the co-author of a book on leadership in distance learning published this fall. In addition to Benke’s recognition by Sloan-C, her other awards include Outstanding Administrator from Ohio University and Outstanding New Professional by the Ohio College Personnel Association.

Benke holds a Ph.D. in student personnel from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in business from Youngstown State University. Benke serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

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).