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EdTech Women: A Conversation

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Amy Collier (Stanford University, USA)
Tracy Clark (EdTechWomen Austin, USA)
Keesa Muhammad (Michigan State University, USA)
Patrice Torcivia Prusko (Cornell University, USA)
Maha Bali (American University in Cairo, Egypt) - Virtual Panelist
Session Information
April 23, 2015 - 3:30pm
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Effective Practice
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Featured Session
Lone Star C3
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 7
Virtual Session

A candid conversation about women's experiences in edtech.

Extended Abstract

This session will provide a forum for all conference participants to engage in a meaningful conversation about womenÍs experiences as education technology professionals. A diverse and international panel of women from K-12; public and private higher education institutions; and the private sector will briefly share their stories with you. The conversation will highlight the unique contributions and perspectives women contribute to edtech and the barriers they often confront, fostering a deeper appreciation about why inclusivity is vital to education technology. You will also be introduced to EdTechWomen.com, an emerging, networked community for womenÍs leadership in education technology.

Lead Presenter
Amy Collier

Amy Collier (Stanford University, USA)

Dr Amy Collier is the director for digital learning initiatives for the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning. Overseeing a variety of curriculum development and teaching initiatives, she partners with faculty to create high impact online learning experiences by designing online and blended courses. She also conducts research to inform effective online learning practices across the University. As a result, Collier is well known as a persuasive advocate and invaluable resource for evidence-based instructional improvement, strategy, and planning.

Before coming to Stanford, she was the director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University where she and her team implemented nationally recognized faculty development programs for online learning and learning space redesign. With a PhD in the social sciences from Texas Woman’s University and a professional background in faculty development, Collier has proven to be a strong advocate for teachers and learners.

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark (EdTechWomen Austin, USA)

Tracy designs innovative learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and students. As the Director of Professional Learning Initiatives, she strives to push against the status quo and partner with district leaders to redefine what on-going learning looks like for modern educators.

As an “eduprenuer", Tracy creates technology tools that encourage metacognition, visible thinking, and put student needs first. Her experience, serving as a bilingual teacher in Texas and Mexico, and her work with children with special needs, deeply impacts how she sees challenges in education. She is a co-founder and lead organizer of EdTechWomen Austin.

Keesa Muhammad Jackson

Keesa Muhammad (Michigan State University, USA)

I'm an eProducer for IT Services: Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT) which resides at one of the largest land grant institutions in the country, Michigan State University. I create non-traditional models of learning in the online envrionment as well as support and maintain program development. My most recent model of non-traditional learning is the MSU Social Work course: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse "Catastrophes, Disasters, and Human Behavior. I worked as the lead instructional designer, project manager, and overall producer for this course. I was the "agent of change" for the overall course development..If something needed to happen, I made it work, with my design partner, Christopher Irvin who is the most unbelievable creative director in the world. We both put a lot of energy, love, and soul into this course to make it the best educational journey possible for the students. It was named the top online course in the country for the 2012-2013 calendar year for higher education. We also won the AT&T Instructional Technology award for the best online class.

Patrice Torcivia Prusko

Patrice Torcivia Prusko (Cornell University, USA)

Dr. Patrice Torcivia Prusko works as production and support Lead for MOOCs, SPOCs and Digital Initiatives at Cornell University. She worked in Empire State College International Programs in Lebanon, Turkey, Panama, Prague and Dominican Republic. She’s frequently invited to speak about her experiences teaching in a blended learning environments in Latin America. Patrice holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Union College and a Ph.D. from University at Albany in Curriculum and Instruction.

Maha Bali

Maha Bali (American University in Cairo, Egypt) - Virtual Panelist

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She is co-founder and co-facilitator of edcontexts.org and columnist at Hybrid Pedagogy. She’s a MOOCaholic, Writeaholic and passionate open and connected educator. Tweets at @bali_maha.