About the Speakers and Panelists


Cathy Gunn, Illinois Virtual Campus | Kathleen Margaret Lant, California State University at Hayward | Steven J. McDonald, Ohio State University | Burks Oakley, University of Illinois | Barbara O'Keefe, University of Michigan



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"The Illinois Virtual Campus Student Support Services:  Enhancing Your Online Course"

Cathy Gunn is the Director of the Illinois Virtual Campus (IVC) for the state of Illinois, with offices at the University of Illinois. (see online bio)


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"The Hour of Knowing:  Is the Lecture Irrelevant in the Twenty-First Century"

Kathleen Lant's degrees are in English and Educational Technology. For sixteen years she was a Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, where she served for three years as the College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Coordinator. Her current position as University Instructional Technology Coordinator at California State University at Hayward allows her both to develop online programs and to work with Hayward faculty in exploring new strategies for enhancing teaching with technology. Her publications include work on linguistics, literary collaboration, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen King, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, and online teaching and learning. She has taught technical and professional writing, she has worked as a technical editor, and she worked for U.S. Military Intelligence as a technical writer and translator.

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" 2001 Steven J. McDonald"

Steven J. McDonald is an Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University, where he has handled a number of Internet-related legal matters, ranging from alleged infringements of copyrighted materials on student web pages to investigations of computer break-ins to an e-mail death threat to Socks the cat.  Before he came to Ohio State, he was in private practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case.   He also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State's College of Law and at Capital University Law School, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  He received his A.B. from Duke University in 1982 and his J.D. from The Yale Law School in 1985.


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The Impact of the Internet on Teaching and Learning"

Prof. Oakley will discuss in detail how networked personal computers can be used to implement innovative teaching and learning environments in higher education.  Many college courses now have been restructured to use the Internet to provide learners with increased access both to learning materials and to people.  Many online courses have learning materials, such as audio-enhanced lecture presentations, simulations, and interactive tutorials available via the World Wide Web.  Some of these courses also have online homework that is computer-graded in real time, providing rapid feedback to students.  Asynchronous conferencing via the Web provides increased communication between students and faculty and among students, and has been found to build community, to promote peer-peer learning, and to enable increased team-based activities.  Overall, Internet-based learning environments can be more active and student-centered than that found in many traditional, lecture-based courses.  A survey of online courses has found increases in student retention and student performance, as well as enhanced student satisfaction with the learning process.

Prof. Oakley's presentation will include a live demonstration of techniques and tools use in both Web-enhanced and totally online courses.  Oakley also will discuss how the new Illinois Virtual Campus will provide Illinois citizens with increased access to anytime, anyplace educational opportunities.

See the following websites for additional information:

U of I Online:             http://www.online.uillinois.edu/
Oakley's Homepage:         http://www.online.uillinois.edu/oakley/

Illinois Virtual Campus:   http://www.ivc.illinois.edu/


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From prototype to Practice:  Institutionalizing Changes in Instructional Methods and Media

Barbara J. O'Keefe is Professor of Communication Studies and Dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University. She earned her A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She held faculty positions at Wayne State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Northwestern.

Her research areas are interpersonal and organizational communication, with a focus on the role of training and technology in improving the capability of communicators and communities. She has studied the development of communication skills across the life span, and is known for developing the theory of message design logic, which posits that differences in communication competence often reflect differences in individuals' concepts of communication. She has also studied the role of computing technologies--most recently networked computing--in helping people improve their skills and collaborate more effectively. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Markle Foundation, among others.

Her work is highly interdisciplinary. She served as Director of the University of Michigan Media Union, a center for interdisciplinary study and application of emerging digital media. She is a member of the American Society for Information Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH), the International Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. She has served as a reviewer for Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Language and Social Psychology, Research on Language and Social Interaction, International Journal of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Communication Theory, and other leading journals.

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