Carl Berger is currently a Professor of Science and Technology Education,
co-director of CARAT (Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic
Technologies), Office of the Associate Provost for Academic, Information
and Instructional Technology Affairs, and co-investigator on the Next
Generation Internet Visible Human project at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor. Carl is a graduate of the University of Denver, California
State University at Sacramento and holds a doctorate from University
of California, Berkeley.
Carl has lived a checkered past starting as a research programmer on
a UNIVAC in the 1950's. Realizing that computers were a passing fad,
he left computer programming for teaching and curriculum design. He
was a research scientist at Berkeley in the 60's, a public school educator
in California, Director of Education for Detroit Edison, and Professor
of Science Education at Michigan in the 70's. In the 80's he became
Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
After 9 years of that kind of duty, he turned to something more fun...
working with faculty and administrators at the University of Michigan
(UM) in the development and deployment of instructional technology.
He has served as President of the National Association for Research
in Science Teaching and has sat on higher education advisory boards
for Apple, Zenith, Addison Wesley, the Seaborg Science Center, and is
past chair of the CIC (Big Ten) Learning Technology Initiative. Carl
is currently board chair of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and serves
as UM Project Director and member of the board for MERLOT. In 2001 he
received an EDUCAUSE Leadership in Information Technologies Award for
contributions to the field.
Norman Coombs, Ph.D. is the CEO of EASI
(Equal Access to Software and Information) as well as professor emeritus
from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he taught history for
36 years. He pioneered RIT's distance learning program and was given
Zenith's "Master of Innovation" award for his uses of distance
learning to mainstream students with disabilities and also was chosen
as New York State CASE, (Council for the Advancement and Support of
Education), "Teacher of the Year" award in 1990 for using
computers in teaching. In 1998, he was selected Man of the Year Award
by AHEAD, in 1999, he received the Strache National Leadership Award
from the CSUN Center on Disabilities, and, in 2000, he was the recipient
of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award of the American Library Association
for work in helping libraries to meet the needs of customers with disabilities.
Coombs, who is blind, has found adaptive computer technology has transformed
his life, and he eagerly works to spread this information to benefit
Besides continuing to teach distance learning classes for RIT, he has
taught at a distance for San diego State university, the New School
for Social Research, the university of Washington, the University of
Southern Maine, for Environment Canada and for EASI Corp.
He is the CEO of EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information). EASI
has been awarded three grants by the National Science Foundation to
collect and disseminate information on providing access to the fields
of science and math for students and professionals with disabilities.
Coombs has lectured on distance learning and on making information
systems accessible to students with disabilities across the US as well
as in Canada, England, Switzerland and turkey. He has consulted on both
distance learning and on adaptive computer technology for several colleges
and universities including the University of Toronto, Western Governors'
University, San Diego State University, Ohio State University, the OhioLINK
academic library system, the Chicago suburban Library System, the Rochester
Regional Library Coalition and Oakland Community College. He co-authored
and co-teaches with Richard Banks on-line workshops for EASI on adaptive
technology, Universal Web Design and on providing access to science
and math for disabled students.
Kenneth C. Green is the founding director of The Campus Computing
the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in
U.S. colleges and universities. The project is widely cited by campus
officials as the definitive source for information about information
technology issues affecting American higher education. Green is also
visiting scholar at School of Educational Studies of The Claremont Graduate
University in Claremont, California.
The author/co-author or editor of a dozen books and published research
reports and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in academic
journals and professional publications, Green is often quoted on higher
education, information technology, and labor market issues in The New
York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle
of Higher Education, and in other print and broadcast media. He is a
regular contributor to The Greentree Gazette (www.greentreegazelle.com;
his DIGITAL TWEED column now appears monthly in Syllabus Magazine (www.syllabus.com).
Green is an invited speaker at some two dozen academic conferences and
professional meetings each year. The co-creator and on-air host of the
award-winning Ready2Net programs, (www.ready2net.net), he is now the
co-creator and on-air co-host of the new Ahead of the Curve series (www.curveahead.net),
developed with Lev Gonick, CIO at Case-Western Reserve University.
In 2002 Green received the first EDUCAUSE Award for Leadership in Public
Policy and Practice. The award cites his work in creating The Campus
Computing Project and recognizes his "prominence in the arena of
national and international technology agendas, and the linking of higher
education to those agendas.
A graduate of New College in Sarasota, FL, Green received his master's
degree from Ohio State and earned his doctorate in higher education
Kathleen Margaret Lant | home
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.
TJ Lusher | Intellectual Property Panel
TJ Lusher is the Assistant Dean of Automated Library Systems for the
Northern Illinois University Libraries. She received her Master of Arts
in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and has
a second Master of Arts in History from Iowa State University.
Steven J. McDonald
Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at the Rhode Island School
of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio
State University. 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. He began his legal career in private
practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe
in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case, and he also has
taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State's College of Law and at
Capital University Law School. He is a member of the Board of Directors
of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and
is the editor of NACUA’s The Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act: A Legal Compendium. He received his A.B. from Duke University in
1982 and his J.D. from The Yale Law School in 1985.