Presenters

Drew Anderson

University: West Chester University

Session: What Students Want From A Webclass

Bio: Meteorologist Drew Anderson has two research focuses: sustainability and science communication. Drew travels around the world for his research in sustainability. He records on-location videos to show how some countries excel with sustainability and how others fall behind. These real-world videos give students a global perspective. Additionally, they make the world feel more relatable and less foreign. In addition to media-focused learning, students learn through experience in his classes.


Nancy Barker

University: West Chester University

Session: Lights, Camera, Action! Student-Developed Commercials as an Active Learning Assignment

Bio: Nancy Barker, MSN, EdD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at West Chester University. She has 22 years of education experience in prelicensure nursing programs in both the didactic and clinical settings. Her academic experience includes working with both sophomore and junior nursing students. She also teaches FYE for health science majors. Her research focus includes adjunct faculty and nursing education


Michelle Kaulback

Session: Lights, Camera, Action! Student-Developed Commercials as an Active Learning Assignment

Bio: Michelle Kaulback is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at West Chester University. She has 15 years of education experience with a focus in medical-surgical and critical care nursing. Her academic experience is with senior nursing students in both the didactic and clinical settings. Her expertise also includes program outcomes and curriculum development. Her research focus includes lifelong learning and student support.


Maryann DiEdwardo

University: Lehigh University

Session: Hermeneutics, Metacognition and Writing

Bio: Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo, Adjunct Professor Lehigh University University of Maryland Global Campus 2018 College English Association Professional Achievement Award; 2017 UMUC Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (Drazek award); 2016 and 2017 University tof Maryland University College Professional Achievement Award; 2016 College English Association Karen Lentz Award; Northampton Community College Project Aware Outstanding Service Award 1978 She presents lectures on Metacognition. https://books.google.com/books?id=NL3DDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=maryann+diedwardo+wordpress&source=bl&ots=5Qw3Ou192F&sig=ACfU3U203gjnu3Jf-JtcQjl8JopsAI9DZw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi-8ZCDo8DpAhUwlnIEHbnkDH4Q6AEwBXoECAcQAQ


Stephanie Brown

University: West Chester University

Session: Adapting Engaging Classroom Discussion Activities for Zoom

Bio: Stephanie Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Culture in the Communication and Media Studies department. She teaches classes on media technology, media literacy, and popular comedic media. Her research focuses on the intersection of power, identity, and popular media, often centering on gender and comedy. She is currently writing a book on discourses of authenticity in stand-up comedy.


Beth Ritter-Guth

University: Northampton Community College

Session: Moving Virtual Mountains: Engaging Students with Virtual Reality During COVID

Bio: Beth Ritter-Guth is the Associate Dean of Online Learning & Educational Technology at Northampton Community College. Her current work features the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence programming in addition to ethical hacking, cyber law, gaming, gamification, drones, voice programming, and the digital humanities.


Kim Johnson

University: West Chester University

Session: Polygraph by Desmos: Developing precise vocabulary

Bio: I have been teaching at WCU for 7 years and am interested in how students learn and engaging students in activities that creates deeper more meaningful learning opportunities for them so they can make connections to prior knowledge. Much of my focus in recent years have been on tranformative learning theory and adult learning in teacher education.


Danielle Yocom

University: West Chester University

Session: The Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Project in Nursing

Bio: Danielle Yocom, DNP, RN, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the tenure-track at West Chester University and has been teaching pre-licensure students for the past 13 years. She completed her doctoral project focusing on perceptions of digital storytelling in pre-licensure students December 2018. She was awarded a WCU Provost Research Grant (2019-2020) to facilitate pre-licensure students to create digital stories featuring their experiences caring for older adults.


Matthew Kruger-Ross

University: West Chester University

Session: "What did you say?" Engaging Student's Aural Skills to Support Teaching and Learning

Bio: Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at WCUPA. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for in-service and pre-service on effectively integrating technologies into the classroom. Matthew’s research interests include the philosophy of technology and its impact on educational practice, and the intersection of philosophy of education and technology.


Pauline Schmidt

Session: "What did you say?" Engaging Student's Aural Skills to Support Teaching and Learning

Bio: Pauline Schmidt, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English Education in the Department of English at WCUPA. She is also the Director of the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project (PAWLP). Her teaching and research interests include the infusion of the arts in English Education, diversifying the canon of literature for children and young adults, and the impact of new literacies on curriculum and teacher preparation.


Erin Hill

University: West Chester University

Session: Expanding Student Learning and Research Skills using Reddit and Online Forums

Bio: Erin Hill is an Associate Professor of Psychology at West Chester University. She joined the faculty at WCU in 2013 after completing her PhD at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Her research interests are in health psychology, with a focus on health behaviors (including drinking, disordered eating, and appropriate antibiotic use) and psycho-oncology. At WCU, she teaches courses in statistics for the behavioral sciences and health psychology.


Andriana Frost

Session: Expanding Student Learning and Research Skills using Reddit and Online Forums

Bio: Andriana Frost completed her master’s degree in clinical counseling at Rosalind Franklin University (RFUMS) in 2015 and is presently a rising 4th year PsyD student at West Chester University. Her research interests include psycho-oncology, women’s health, and quality of life in chronic illness. Andriana was recently selected as a 2020-2021 teaching associate in the department of psychology at WCU and will teach an undergraduate course on the theories and principles of psychotherapy.


Rose Jagielo-Manion

University: West Chester University

Session: Fostering a Community of Inquiry in Online Learning

Bio: Rose Jagielo-Manion, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early and Middle Grades Education at West Chester University. She teaches undergraduate education courses and also supervises student teachers. Her research interests include supporting English Learners (ELs), mentoring and partnerships between colleges and school districts, and intentional use of technology to support student engagement and success.


Kevin Laskey

University: West Chester University

Session: Storytelling with Sound: Turning Lectures into Effective Podcasts

Bio: Kevin is a visiting lecturer in Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University's Wells School of Music. As a composer, Kevin has written pieces for acclaimed ensembles including Prism Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Variant 6, among others. He edits the blog Jazz Speaks, one of the largest ethnographies of contemporary jazz and improvisation. He holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania.


Lisa Gordon

University: West Chester University

Session: Actively Learn©, an Online Reading Platform to Engage Students and Foster Critical Thinking and Reflection of Assigned Course Readings

Bio: Lisa has been an instructor in the Literacy Department at West Chester University for twenty years. In 2014, she created her first blended class and has successfully designed four online courses in the Literacy Department. She continually seeks out and utilizes new technologies that offer online students meaningful and engaging ways to interact with and learn course material. She enjoys sharing innovative technologies with colleagues at workshops and presenting on student engagement.


Michelle Fisher

Session: Actively Learn©, an Online Reading Platform to Engage Students and Foster Critical Thinking and Reflection of Assigned Course Readings

Bio: Michelle is the Senior Instructional Designer for Teacher Education in the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University. She has been an instructional designer for online programs in higher education for over fifteen years. She has published in the field of assessment in online courses and has presented on student engagement and interaction online, student assessment in online courses, user interface design, and using branching simulation in online learning environments.


Margaret Mbindyo

University: Millersville University

Session: Technology Mediated Academic Advising: Implications for Improved Communication during the Global Pandemic

Bio: Margaret is an Assistant Professor/Academic Advisor at Millersville University. She earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Comparative Education from Penn State University and has over 18 years working with various student populations in higher education. Dr. Mbindyo’ s area of research includes the academic resilience and success of low-income, first generation and immigrant students. Margaret was recently selected one among only ten (globally) of NACADA`s Emerging Leaders Program class


Ibrahim Abdulsalami

Session: Technology Mediated Academic Advising: Implications for Improved Communication during the Global Pandemic

Bio: Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor of Education at Millersville University. He earned a D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed. in Educational Foundations, and a BSc. Science Education from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria. Dr. Ibrahim’s decade-long career has given him the ability to work with a diverse group of students, families, and administrators. His research interests are in science education, technology integration, culturally relevant and sustainable strategies, and mixed method research.


Deborah Tamakloe

Session: Technology Mediated Academic Advising: Implications for Improved Communication during the Global Pandemic

Bio: Deborah is an Assistant Professor of Special Education - Early Intervention at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the areas of assistive technology, multiculturalism in special education, and pre-/in-service teacher preparation. Tamakloe has more than 20 years of teaching experience including, graduate and undergraduate special education courses and K-12 inclusive education in Ghana. She also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Lancaster County.


Jessica Nagle

University: West Chester University

Session: A digital writing partnership for authentic learning for teacher candidates

Bio: Professor Nagle has been teaching in the Literacy Department for the past ten years. Professor Nagle received her Ph.D. in Literacy and Learners from Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to teaching at West Chester University, Professor Nagle taught middle school English and History. Professor Nagle’s research interests include differentiation in education, literacy and dual language learners, digital comprehension, and collaboration among teacher candidates and local schools.


Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha

University: West Chester University

Session: Ageism and Technology

Bio: Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at WCU. She teaches, conducts research, and advocacy work promoting the well-being of adults from diverse backgrounds. Her work addresses aging, well-being, inequality, and immigration. She writes a blog for Psychology Today and coordinates WCU’s program in the World Health Organization Global Consortium of Age Friendly Cities and Community and AARP’s Livable Cities for all People. She has written several books and many articles on these topics.


Frauke Schnell

Session: Ageism and Technology

Bio: Frauke Schnell, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at WCU. Her teaching and research focus on how political, social, and economic attitudes are shaped by media coverage and how the new media landscape has transformed politics and democracy. Her work on media and stereotyping has also addressed the issue of ageism and inequality. She has written various articles and a book on these topics.


Jacqueline Magnarelli

Session: Ageism and Technology

Bio: Jacqueline Magnarelli, MBA, BSW is a Graduate Research Assistant at WCU who is currently enrolled in WCU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Certificate Program. She has contributed to various articles on aging, health, well-being, and inequality. She has also conducted research on discrimination against those with physical disabilities and lack of physical accessibility in the university and workplace settings.


V.K. Kumar, PhD

Session: Ageism and Technology

Bio: V. K. Kumar, PhD, is a professor of Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is an active researcher with over 120 scholarly publications.


Lauren Stricker

Session: Ageism and Technology

Bio: Lauren Stricker received her Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master’s program from WCU in Spring 2020. She currently works as a Human Capital Consultant for RKL LLP. In this role, she provides change management support, and conducts compensation studies as well as organizational process and cultural assessments. Lauren’s interest in multi-generational workforces influenced her research with Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha on ageism in the workplace.


Vickie Ann McCoy

University: West Chester University

Session: Using Theravue to Evaluate Counseling Microskills Remotely

Bio: Vickie Ann McCoy is a Professor in the Counselor Education Department. She completed the WCU Distance Ed Initiative in 2014, attended an online teaching consortium for further training, and serves on two committees pertaining to technology use in teaching. Dr. McCoy teaches a fully online summer elective in Rehabilitation Counseling and she also uses her training to blend her face to face classes with technology. Her areas of expertise include Disability Rehabilitation Counseling, Intersectional Identity Development, and Positive Psychology/Strength Based Approaches in Counseling.


Michelle Fisher

Session: Using Theravue to Evaluate Counseling Microskills Remotely

Bio: Michelle Fisher is the Senior Instructional Designer for Teacher Education in the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University. She has been an instructional designer for online programs in higher education for over fifteen years. She has published in the field of assessment in online courses, online faculty preparation, and educational technology and has presented on student engagement and interaction online, user interface design, and using branching simulation in online courses. She has her M.S. in Instructional Design and Development from Lehigh University and her B.S. Ed in Earth Science Education from Millersville University


Ruth Garrett

Session: Using Theravue to Evaluate Counseling Microskills Remotely

Bio: Ruth Garrett has her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Temple University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in School Counseling at West Chester University. Prior to graduate school, Ruth worked as a personal trainer and a preschool teacher. She has a special interest in LGBTQ+ considerations in school counseling. An outdoors enthusiast, she is a certified Wilderness First Responder and aspires to research the benefits of wilderness counseling programs.


Susannah Boyle

University: Millersville University

Session: Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Pre-Service Teachers in Challenging Times

Bio: Susannah Boyle is an assistant professor of special education at Millersville University, where she teaches online and face-to-face courses in severe disabilities, classroom management, and research methods. Her research interests include assistive technology (with a focus on augmentative and alternative communication), children with severe disabilities, and preparing teachers to be inclusive practitioners. She also provides AAC workshops for Lancaster Interagency Coordinating Council.


Deborah Tamakloe

Session: Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Pre-Service Teachers in Challenging Times

Bio: Deborah is an Assistant Professor of Special Education - Early Intervention at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the areas of assistive technology, multiculturalism in special education, and pre-/in-service teacher preparation. Tamakloe has more than 20 years of teaching experience including, graduate and undergraduate special education courses and K-12 inclusive education in Ghana. She also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Lancaster County.


Ali Poorani

University: University of Delaware

Session: Best Practices for Creating an Engaged Community: Using Zoom

Bio: Dr. Ali A. Poorani is an Associate Professor, with expertise in Leadership and Human Behavior. He is the Director of Hospitality Associates for Research & Training, (HART) offering variety of research and training programs for the hospitality and healthcare industries. He developed the University of Delaware’s Patient Experience Academy, in conjunction with Christiana Care Health System and the VA Wilmington Medical Center.


Maria (Ola) Kopacz

University: West Chester University

Session: Building community to promote student engagement and student success in a distance education classroom.

Bio: Ola Kopacz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Arizona. Her research centers on new media, diversity, and community building. She teaches courses in online content marketing, media technologies, strategic communication, research methods, and public speaking. Her current projects include a study of Twitter portrayals of Native American protest and the use of Facebook groups for local community building.


Mahmoud Amer

University: West Chester University

Session: Digital Stories as Games on Mobile Devices for Language Learners

Bio: Dr. Mahmoud Amer is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chairperson of the Department of Languages and Cultures at WCU. A language educator for two decades, his research interests include an active agenda in technology in language teaching and learning. Dr. Amer is an Adobe® Certified Expert®, a CompTIA® Certified Technical Trainer (CTT++), and has deep expertise and special interest in leveraging technology in language learning.


Thomas Tobin

University: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Session: Uncover the Secrets about Universal Design for Learning

Bio: Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized speaker and author on quality in technology-enhanced education. Some of his books include: • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018) • Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020)