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Burks Oakley, University of Illinois
Barbara J. O'Keefe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cathy Gunn, University of Illinois
Peggy Lant, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. Keith R. Sanders, Illinois Board of Higher Education
Kenneth D. Crews, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis


Burks Oakley, University of Illinois
"NetLearning: The Impact of the Internet on Higher Education"

    Burks Oakley II is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois. His areas of interest include distance education, outreach, and instructional technologies on all three campuses of the University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield, Urbana-Champaign). Oakley also holds an appointment as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the Urbana campus. Through his innovative use of technology in teaching, Professor Oakley has earned a national reputation as a practitioner and promoter of Internet-based learning environments. In the past two years, he has given more than one hundred invited talks at national conferences and on university campuses. He continues to inspire faculty and administrators as director of the U of I Online initiative, a program designed to facilitate the development and delivery of University of Illinois courses, degrees, and public service resources over the Internet. Oakley received his B.S. degree from Northwestern University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and for his innovative use of technology in education, including the Luckman Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from UIUC in 1993, the Outstanding Professor Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 1993, the Educom Medal in 1996, the Educational Activities Board Major Educational Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1996, and the Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Education Society in 1998. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the ASEE Board of Directors.

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Barbara J. O'Keefe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Barbara J. O'Keefe is a professor in the School of Information and Director of the Media Union at the University of Michigan. The Media Union is the center for learning and collaboration technology research and development at UM. Among other facilities, it houses a conference center, a library, a visual resources center, the Media Applications Support Center, the Center for Parallel Computing, the Visualization and Virtual Reality Laboratory, several digital library projects, and multimedia production and editing facilities. She was awarded her A. B. (1971), A.M. (1973), and Ph.D. (1976) in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,. Her research interests include: (1) analysis and assessment of communication competence; (2) effects of communication media on individual and organizational performance; (3) design of support for collaboration and team work; (4) adoption and effects of new technologies within groups and organizations; and (5) design and evalution of computer-based support for learning, especially cooperative learning. Examples of past and current projects include: (1) development of a Hypercard application to support instruction in text analysis and evaluation for basic communication skills courses; (2) development of a web-based curriculum to provide training in team work and group communication skills; (3) the Electronic Quad project, which is developing a technical and organizational infrastructure to support distributed teaching and learning at six leading U.S. universities; and (4) Project CITY, funded by the National Science Foundation under its Information Technology Infrastructure and Application Initiative--the goal of Project CITY is to create a sustainable information environment to support civil infrastructure maintenance, and it involves the design and deployment of a workbench of collaboration and decision support tools for maintenance activities in the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Gordon. At Illinois she taught courses in the analysis of discourse and social interaction processes, communication in the workplace, and human-computer interaction. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning Environments, and the UIUC Research Board. She has also served as an industry consultant on teamwork and distributed learning. She is a member of the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the American Library Association, the American Society for Information Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery . She has served as a reviewer for such journals as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Language and Social Psychology, Communication Research, Communication Studies, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, She has also served on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the University of Illinois, and other organizations.

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Cathy Gunn, University of Illinois

    Cathy Gunn is the Director of the Illinois Virtual Campus for the state of Illinois, with offices at the University of Illinois. She received a BS of Ed in elementary and special education from Illinois State University, an MA in educational administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and in 1990, a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading literacy and educational technology. She taught 15 years in special and elementary classrooms in Jacksonville and Waverly, was an educational technology consultant in one of Illinois' educational service region for 2 years, and was an associate professor for 8 years at Northern Arizona University prior to becoming the IVC Director. At NAU, she taught courses in educational technology to preservice and inservice teachers, and became a successful grant writer, with over 3 million dollars received in telecommunications and professional development grants. Her research has focused on learning environments creating through distance education, educational technology professional development, and technological innovations and change. Cathy is active professionally as a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and was elected to the Executive Board in 1998.

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Peggy Lant, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Peggy Lant is an English Professor and Instructional Technology Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. She is currently on leave, serving as Special Assistant in Distance Learning at Calfornia State University, Hayward, where she is also working on her MS in Instructional Technology Ledrship. She earned her PhD and MA in English from the University of Oregon. Her publications include work on distance learning, Stephen King, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sylvia Plath, and Tennessee Williams.

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Dr. Keith R. Sanders, Illinois Board of Higher Education

    Dr. Keith R. Sanders was appointed Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education effective January 1, 1998.  Dr. Sanders is a native of Benton, Illinois.  He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Speech and Psychology.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Communication.  Political communication is his academic specialty and the topic of five books and numerous articles in professional journals.

    Dr. Sanders was most recently the Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Wisconsin System in Madison, Wisconsin; Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; and lecturer in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Sanders served as Dean and Professor of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1983 to 1989.  He left Illinois to become Chancellor and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Sanders and his wife, Carol, are the parents of a son, Mark.

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Kenneth D. Crews, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
"Intellectual Property"

    Kenneth Crews is an Associate Professor in the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and in the IU School of Library and Information Science.  He is also Director of Indiana University's Copyright Management Center based at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

    Professor Crews brings a variety of academic and professional experiences to his duties at the University.  He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Northwestern University and received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  He practiced general business and corporate law in Los Angeles from 1980 to 1990, primarily for the entertainment industry.  During those years, Crews returned to graduate school and he earned his M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA's School of Library and Information Science.

    His principal research interest has been the relationship of copyright law to the needs of higher education.  His book, Copyright, Fair Use, and the Challenge for Universities:  Promoting the Progress of Higher Education, was published by the University of Chicago Press in October 1993, and it reevaluates understandings of copyright in the context of teaching and research at the university.  Professor Crews is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and at colleges and universities across the country, whenever copyright and fair use are critical issues.

    Crews brings a wide range of experience to the task.  He has been a faculty member in three disciplines:  law, business, and library and information science.  His publications encompass the fields of copyright, constitutional law, political history, and library science.  He has worked in a university archives and conducted historical research on windmills and tide mills on Long Island, NY for the National Park Service.  In rare moments of recreation Crews enjoys bicycling, hiking, astronomy, archeology, art, and early rock and roll. My philosophy about a hobby is the same as about copyright:  If I cannot reveal that it is intriguing, fun, relevant, and filled with surprises, I am not doing my job.

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