Student (and Teacher) Authentic Contributions -- The Long Tail in Education

Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Ruth Reynard has been involved in teaching and the teaching of teachers since she began her professional career 19 years ago. In Canada, Ruth developed classes for adult immigrants to Canada in English as a Second Language (ESL) and settlement. She also worked as a consultant and workshop coordinator for schools for the Halton Multicultural Council and as a coordinator of a language correspondence course for adults for the Halton Adult Learning Center. Following this, Ruth worked for the Center for Education and Training (CET), funded by Citizenship and Immigration and Human Resources and Development, Canada. As a program manager, Ruth designed and delivered the first Internet-based distance language learning course for adults in Canada and developed a process-based language curriculum for the workplace. Additionally, Ruth worked with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Pharmacy, the School of Pharmacy, HRDC Canada, and the CET to develop and pilot an Internet-based bridge course for foreign-trained pharmacists seeking professional accreditation in Ontario. As a program manager, Ruth trained language teachers and worked with assessors and technicians to improve programs for adult learners.

Her graduate degrees were completed at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where she concentrated on instructional design, multi- media and Internet-mediated learning environments, multicultural and non-biased curriculum design, ESL methods, and distance learning. Ruth’s research addressed dynamic learning environments using the Internet as an instructional tool. Prior to coming to Career Education Corporation (CEC) in January ’07, Ruth worked for 7 ½ years as the first director of instructional development at Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, where she established and grew the Center for Instructional Technology and provided training for faculty in the application of technology in instruction. Additionally, Ruth served as chair of the faculty development committee through which a program of faculty development was designed and implemented for faculty from all academic disciplines. Ruth was associate professor of education and taught graduate students in the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs of study and advised doctoral candidates in their research projects. Additionally, Ruth worked with a project team from Vanderbilt University on the development and implementation of an Internet-based resource and training center for faculty. Ruth has been published in various journals in the area of applied technology and faculty development.

Since coming to CEC, Ruth has worked with various campuses and faculty development coaches to develop numerous resources for faculty in teaching, professional development, and the use of technology for instruction. Additionally, Ruth continues to teach as an online adjunct professor for Olivet Nazarene University and is a regular contributor to the Campus Technology online newsletter addressing instructional technology uses in both K-12 and higher education contexts of learning. Additionally, Ruth has established an internal teaching publication and is publishing the first online peer-reviewed educational journal for CEC faculty.

Karen Greenwood Henke specializes in building consensus between stakeholders and articulating complex ideas in clear, concise language. She is currently researching a book about how technology personalizes the learning process and will transform our k-12 education system.

In 1999, she founded Nimble Press, a strategic communications consulting firm located in San Francisco, California, to help technology companies, national nonprofits, and trade associations create compelling Web content, white papers, presentations, and contests to convey their messages in effective and persuasive ways. She specializes in networking, security and computing technology with an emphasis on Web 2.0 applications. She also founded Grant Wrangler, a free online grant listing service, and My Grant Wrangler. You can find her online at, or follow her on Twitter at nimblepress.

James Beeghley is an IT Policy Specialist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to his position at PDE, James is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education department for Waynesburg University. He is recently completed his doctoral dissertation in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University where he is examined how Pennsylvania teachers are using technology to teach the American Civil War. He is also the author of the Teaching the Civil War with Technology Blog. James has presented on numerous topics including technology planning, copyright, network security, technology audits, and most recently uses of technology to teach the Civil War.

Sarah Beeghley is a 6th grade student at St. Joseph School in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She has presented with her father at numerous conferences including the Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher's Institute and the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. She is the creator of the Civil War Sallie project that is traveling around the country learning about the Civil War.

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