Alexandra M. Pickett is the Associate Director of the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), the asynchronous learning network for the State University of New York under the offices of the Provost and Advanced Learning and Information Services. A pioneer in instructional design and faculty development for asynchronous web-based teaching and learning environments, Ms. Pickett has since 1994 led the development of the instructional design methods, support services, and resources used by SLN to support the development and delivery of full web online courses by SUNY campuses and faculty. She has spent the past 19 years conceptualizing and implementing scaleable, replicable, and sustainable institutionalized online faculty development and course design and delivery processes that in the current academic year will result in the delivery of 7,500+ fully online course sections with 100,000+ student enrollments. One of the original SLN design team members, she co-designed the course management software and authored the 4-stage faculty development process and 7-step course design process used by the network. Her comprehensive approach to online faculty development includes an online faculty resource and information gateway, an online conference for all faculty with the opportunity to observe a wide variety of online courses, a series of workshops for new faculty, instructional design sessions for returning online faculty looking to improve their courses, a developer’s handbook, a course template, a faculty HelpDesk, online mechanisms for faculty evaluation of SLN services, and an assigned online instructional designer. Her leadership and direction of this area of the program were recognized when in 2001 SLN was honored with the first Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development. In 2002 SLN received the Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide ALN Programming,and the Educause award for Systematic Progress in Teaching and Learning for 2001. SLN was honored with the 2006 USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Leaning, NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award 2009, and the Sloan-C 2010 Effective Practice Award. Today, working with 30 of the 64 SUNY institutions, she has directly supported or coordinated the development of more than 5,000 SUNY faculty and their web-delivered courses. She also authored a Wave 1 winning proposal selected to receive funding in the Next Generation Learning Challenges competition, sponsored by the Gates and Hewlett Foundations. The project funded the The SUNY SLN “Catch-up and Complete” Enhanced Blended Learning Initiative. Most recently she was recognized as a Sloan Fellow (2012), an honor conferred by the Sloan-C Board of Directors for her outstanding qualifications in the field of online learning; exceptional contributions to the field of online learning; a record of distinguished service to Sloan-C; and extraordinary contributions & leadership in the field of online learning – specifically “For innovation and vision in conceptualizing and implementing high-quality faculty development programs and course design and delivery processes.” In addition to her work at SLN, she is an adjunct in the University at Albany, Department of Education Theory and Practice, teaching Introduction to Online Teaching in the online CDIT master’s program. Her interests are in large-scale online faculty development, effective online instructional design, online student success and support, and technology-enhanced (web2.0) teaching and learning. She has co-authored a number of studies on these topics and has published, and presents regularly both nationally and internationally. Publications. Visit SLN Education Services for more info. Alex contributes to a number of national organizations. She is an elected advisory board member of the National Universities Technology Network and is a member of their executive committee. She has contributed to the NUTN conference planning committee and is a member of the Innovation Awards committee. In addition, Alex serves on the steering committees for the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning and the Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop and has served as an advisor, program track chair, an effective practices reviewer, and featured sessions chair. She also serves on the new Campus Technology Advisory Board for 2013-2015, and was most recently appointed to serve on the advisory council for the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy.
Assistant Director of Online Learning
|Rob Piorkowski returns to SLN after two years at Excelsior College, where he functioned as the Director of Instructional Design. Previously a Multimedia Instructional Designer with SLN, Rob brings to the position of Assistant Director of Online Learning for SLN a meaningful understanding of faculty development, instructional design, and online teaching. Rob is also an adjunct instructor for Cayuga Community College, where he has been teaching French online for 4 years.
Senior Instructional Designerhttp://www.youtube.com/user/danfeinberg
|Dan Feinberg is a Senior Instructional Designer for the SUNY Learning Network. He has experience at all levels of the public education pipeline, ranging from being an elementary and middle school science teacher in Washington, DC, to a high school curriculum developer, to an online course developer for the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, to most recently being the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Schenectady County Community College. He holds a masters degree in instructional design and technology from George Mason University and a bachelors degree in neurobiology and behavior from Haverford College.|
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Lead instructional Designer
|Stephen B. Mann completed his master’s degree in curriculum design and instructional technology after several years as a special education teacher. He was webmaster for the department of educational theory and practice at SUNY Albany and taught technology classes for K-12 teachers.|
Coordinator of Training and Communications
|James B. Harris is the Training and Communications Coordinator at SLN. Prior to joining the SLN Education team Jim was the Marketing Coordinator for SLN. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oswego.|