Stephanie S Atkins

Stephanie S. Atkins is the Assistant Circulation and Bookstacks Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. She earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Her research interests include personnel training, collection management, and project management in libraries.

Curtis Bonk

Curt Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA, who, after becoming sufficiently bored with that, received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is now Professor of Educational Psychology as well as Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (IU). Dr. Bonk is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed Learning Lab within the Department of Defense and a founding member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at IU. He has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards from IU as well as the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. During the past two years, Dr. Bonk has presented over 150 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning, including ones at universities in China, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Finland, Iceland, and the United Arab Emirates. Curt has more than 100 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive multiplayer online gaming, collaborative technologies, synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing, and frameworks for Web-based instruction and evaluation. Currently, he is working on the "Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs," to be published by Pfeiffer Publishing in November 2005. Finally, he is President of CourseShare and SurveyShare and can be contacted at or via his homepage at

Norman Coombs, Ph.D.

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 others.

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.


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 past 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.

Burks Oakley II

Burks Oakley II is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois . He serves as the director of the University of Illinois Online initiative, a program designed to facilitate the development and delivery of University of Illinois courses and degrees over the Internet. Oakley also holds an academic appointment as a tenured full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Through his innovative use of educational technologies and the Internet in teaching, Professor Oakley has earned a national reputation as a practitioner and promoter of asynchronous online learning environments. In the past six years, he has given more than two hundred invited talks at national conferences and on university campuses. He has been the PI or co-PI on over $10 million in grants (including matching funds) to the University of Illinois in support of online educational initiatives.